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SWK4430 - Cross-cultural social work: Theory and practice

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Max Liddell


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


This unit enables students to develop a framework for working with people in a multicultural society, and to understand the complexity of cultural factors in people's lives. It covers the broad history of Australian immigration and current debates, the common needs of migrant and/or ethnic groups and available services, and identifies the culturally-based assumptions which may be applied to definitions of social need. It identifies the principles and practices necessary for culturally sensitive practice, and enables students to practice these in tutorials.


After completing this unit, students will understand Australia's migration history and the services which have been developed to meet the needs of various ethnic communities; understand and be able to debate the assumptions which underlie the provision of ethnic services; understand the assumptions about culture and ethnicity which may influence their own judgements, and develop frameworks which enable them to practice in a culturally sensitive manner; be able to apply knowledge and skills about culturally sensitive practices to direct practice of social work.


Essay (2250 words): 50%
Video of role play interview with client (10 minutes) and written critical analysis (1000 words): 50%

Contact hours

3 hours per week


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