HCS103 Fields of Practice (8)


This subject provides an introduction to the social work profession and the human services sector as well as providing an overview of some fields of practice in social work. The subject content encourages students to consider critical issues relating to a range of social work practice contexts.



Availability

Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS103. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Not for students who have completed SWK326

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of practice in the social services and the historical development of social service practice and the social work profession.
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge of the range of vulnerabilities and contexts of practice.
  • be able to understand and participate in discussions that reflect the contested nature of social services
  • be able to identify and draw on relevant foundation knowledge from other disciplines that inform professional practice.
  • be able to identify and draw on relevant foundation knowledge, ethical principles and current debates to inform professional practice.
  • be able to engage in current debates surrounding professional intervention in a variety of contexts
  • be able to identify and discuss ethical and practice issues and dilemmas that arise in specific fields of practice

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Foundations of Social Work; Social service practice and the social work profession; Contested aspects of practice - values, methods and models
  • Core AASW Fields of Practice: Health; Mental Health; Child Protection; Cultural Diversity; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Cultural Context, including: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities; Cross-cultural Practice/Non-Indigenous Communities and Cultural Diversity
  • Additional Fields of Practice, including: Income maintenance and Employment; Gender, sexuality and power Disability practice; Crime and Corrections; Substance Abuse; Social Work with Aged People

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HCS103 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Quick quiz
20
2
Values, ethics and cultural considerations
30
3
Individual fields of practice
50

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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