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SCW3304 - Paradigms of Practice

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Karen Crinall


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


This unit offers a critical examination of social and community welfare practice. Whilst the lower level units have separated the study of these different foci of intervention, this unit presents an integrated view of social and community welfare practice through the examination of particular practice theories and their derivation from broader social theories. Students pursue recent and relevant readings according to their chosen theoretical perspective.


On successful completion of this unit students will have: 1) Gained knowledge of the historical development and derivation of social welfare practice from broader social, scientific and psychological theories of the individual and society;
2) Developed a professional orientation to social and community welfare practice that has a sound philosophical and theoretical basis;
3) Developed the ability to integrate the principles of a particular theoretical perspective into a practice approach that incorporates various levels of intervention, eg. individual, group, family, organisational, governmental;
4) Gained the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct a literature review.


Off-campus students - Literature review (2250 words): 50%
Integrative assignment (2250 words): 50%
On-campus students - Literature review (2000 words): 40%
Integrative assignment (2250 words): 50%
Class participation: 10%

Contact hours

2 hours per week


SCW2303 and SCW2304 or eqivalents