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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2010 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2010 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2010 (Flexible)


The unit critically examines several current social work fields of practice including interpersonal violence, disability, addictions, ageing, regional and remote communities and forensic social work. It provides students with the opportunity to critically examine social work theory as it relates to these practice areas as a basis for the integration of social work knowledge and practice


On successful completion of the unit you will be expected to be able to:

  • review current theoretical approaches to some contemporary areas of direct social work practice;
  • identify strengths and limitations in theoretical approaches to these areas of social work practice;
  • identify values and assumptions underpinning these areas of social work practice;
  • use a selected reflection-in-action framework to assess the impact of theoretical approaches, values and assumptions on practice in each field, and
  • apply this framework to your own practice using a hypothetical case.


Critical and Creative Social Work Theory and Practice - Essay (2000 words): 50%
Child Abuse and Child Protection - Essay (2250 words): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Lesley Hewitt

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.