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SCW1303 - Foundations of Interpersonal Practice

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Debra Manning


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)


The unit introduces the importance of an interpersonal focus to welfare practice and the significance of self-awareness for the welfare practitioner. It examines the centrality of knowledge,values and skills in developing an understanding of social casework and family welfare. It seeks to develop an awareness of the socio-political forces as well as the inter- and intra-personal dynamics that foster problems situations, and the way in which welfare practice is contextualised in the community.


On completion of the unit, the students will:

  1. Understand the significance of self-awareness in social welfare practice, and will have begun the process of purposeful self-reflection.
  2. Understand and apply basic knowledge, values and skills in welfare practice.
  3. Identify and evaluate typical individual and family welfare situations through the use of simple assessment frameworks.
  4. Develop case plans for productive intervention.


On-campus students - Assignment 1 (750 words): 20%
Assignment 2 (1500 words): 30%
Examination (2 hours): 40%
Class participation: 10%
Off-campus students - Assignment 1 (750 words): 20%
Assignment 2 (1750 words): 40%
Examination (2 hours): 40%
Class participation (on-campus only) [text] 10%
Examination 2 hours 40%

Contact hours

3 hours (1 x 2 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial) per week

Off Campus Attendance Requirements

A compulsory 2-day weekend school for off-campus students.