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SWK4410 - Community work: Theory and practice

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Philip Mendes


Caulfield First semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2007 (Flexible)


This unit explores the concept of 'community' and its applications in Australian society; the theory and practice of the various community work models (social planning, community development and social action); the role of community work in social work activities; and the skills involved in the practice of community work.


On completion of this unit students should be able to understand and evaluate different perspectives on the nature of community; understand and evaluate the difference models of community work, their ideological bases and the skills they involve; and apply this knowledge to the practice of community work within social work setting.


Interview with community development worker (1000 words): 20%
Essay (3500 words): 80%

Contact hours

2 hours per week


SWK3120 and SWK3180. Social Work units are available only within the context of the Bachelor of Social Work degree, or with permission.