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HCS300 Social Work Theory and Practice 3 - Mezzo Level Practice (8)

Abstract

This subject uses an issues-based approach to methods of intervention in human services. It develops students' intervention and evaluation skills in working with vulnerable groups in a group work context.  It provides foundational understanding of organisational context and of working within and between organisations and in particular in teams and meetings as a form of group process.   The subject includes theory of conflict resolution and mediation with a focus on developing relevant skills in this area.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
Online*Wagga Wagga Campus
On CampusDubbo Campus
On CampusPort Macquarie
On CampusWagga Wagga Campus
*This subject offering contains a residential school. Please view following information for further details.
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS300
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Must have successfully completed HCS200, HCS202
Prerequisite(s)Incompatible subject(s)
HCS200HCS202HCS304

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • demonstrate an understanding of group work theory and knowledge
  • demonstrate and critically apply a range of group work skills, for meso-practice
  • demonstrate critical reflection on their own group work practice by identifying strengths and areas for further development
  • demonstrate an understanding of approaches to leadership, and an ability to critically reflect on their own leadership
  • identify the role of the worker as change agent within an organisation, including understanding change management processes and roles
  • demonstrate an understanding of and capacity to articulate the role of organisational partnerships in the current welfare context
  • participate in face-to-face learning activities as per accreditation requirements

Syllabus

The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Identification of the characteristic features of groups and understanding group work theories.
  • Application of groupwork principles and groupwork theory and practice that enables the critiquing of responses of groupwork clients' needs and circumstances.
  • Developing, leading, implementing, managing and evaluating task focussed group-work including process issues.
  • Identification and articulation of the characteristic features of organisational structures, internal and external relationships and how power impacts on organisational processes.
  • Challenging organisational practice: strategies for working and managing organisational change.
  • Working collaboratively or in conflict: understanding and improving inter-sectorial relationships with other services and disciplines.
  • Working across the mezzo level: understanding project and service management.

Residential School

This subject contains a compulsory 5 day residential school. The residential school will involve the students in interactive experiential learning all basic skills in a safe environment. It will provide specific lectures and opportunities for discussion and clarification of key concepts and processes. There will be individual and group activities.

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 20 October 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.