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SWK4460 - Critical and creative social work theory and practice

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Associate Professor Chris Goddard


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


The unit comprises two parts. 'Critical and Creative Social Work Theory and Practice' is a critical examination of social work theory as a basis for the integration of social work knowledge and practice. 'Child Abuse and Child Protection' uses the same principles in a critical examination of the child protection field.


The learning objectives are for students to know and understand the complexities and limitations in current theoretical approaches to social work practice; reflect upon their practice to date and how this has been influenced be their values and attitudes as well as external factors such as agency settings; reflect upon key concepts of social work practice (for example the social worker-client relationship); develop an understanding of social work practice from the perspective of different client groups (for example children); be able to develop and apply frameworks for understanding problems at personal and societal levels.


Critical and Creative Social Work Theory and Practice - Essay (2250 words): 50%
Child Abuse and Child Protection - Essay (2250 words): 50%

Contact hours

4 hours per week


SWK4410. Social Work units are available only within the context of the Bachelor of Social Work degree, or with permission.