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SWK4420 - The individual, health and society

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Rosemary Sheehan


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


An introduction to the social work knowledge and skills necessary for conceptualising and assessing health and mental health problems. The unit provides a framework for understanding contemporary health concerns which impact on the individuals and families who come to social work attention. The subject also looks at contemporary approaches to service provision for people with general health or psychological disorders, and at relevant legislation and ethical issues that influence the provision of health services in the community.


By the completion of this unit students should have an understanding of the knowledge and skills appropriate for understanding and assessing health and mental health problems; a knowledge of the role of social work in health and mental health settings; and an understanding of the key services in the health and mental health fields.


Literature review: 30%
Examination (1 hour): 30%
Major essay (2000 words): 40%

Contact hours

4 hours per week


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