Credit points: 30

Subject outline

You will identify and examine core aspects of social work knowledge and practice. You will explore the nature of the social construction of social work, and key values and ideologies which influence practice. In essence, you will consider how particular paradigms in social work lead to specific approaches to social problems. Major ideological debates occurring in the wider community and which impact on social work will be addressed. In this subject you will explore how #best practice# is developed within social work and encourage analysis of the concepts utilised to categorise practice for evaluation. The objective of the subject is for you to gain a more in-depth understanding of the value and knowledge base of social work as an academic discipline and as a profession, to better inform their practice.

SchoolAllied Health, Human Services & Sport

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorMargarita Frederico

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 6 - Doctoral

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesN/A

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules



Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Evaluate existing knowledge, practice and ideas of the core aspects of social work knowledge and critically reflect on the application of social work in the contemporary context .
02. Critically evaluate the nature of social construction of social work practice and critically reflect on the impact of the current environment on social work
03. Demonstrate expert understanding of theory and the ability to reflect critically on key values and ideologies which influence social work practice and evaluate the application of these in the current environment where risk management has taken a central position
04. Generate an expert informed understanding of how best practice , evidence based practice and evidence informed practice are developed in social work and analyse concepts utilised in evaluation of practice and policy.
05. Contribute to the existing knowledge base of social work through developing and presenting an original approach

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMargarita Frederico

Class requirements

SeminarWeek: 0 - 0
Two 9.00 hours seminar per study period from week 0 to week 0 and delivered via blended.
Students are also required to undertake independent work as negotiated with subject coordinator.


Assessment elementCommentsCategoryContributionHurdle% ILO*

one individual seminar presentation to social work peers in the community. Paper may be a conference paper.

N/AOral presentationIndividualNo35 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4

One individual paper 4000 words

N/AOtherIndividualNo65 SILO1, SILO2, SILO3, SILO4