Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2013 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2013 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2013 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bernadette Saunders


On completion of the unit students will be able to:

  1. Utilize a human rights framework in a social work practice situation
  2. Describe the history and current context of the international human rights regime
  3. Demonstrate a beginning knowledge of local, national and international legal systems and how they interface with social work practice
  4. Access and consider the implications of legislation relevant to social work practice
  5. Implement a process of ethical decision-making, making use of the AASW Code of Ethics and other relevant tools
  6. Analyse ethical and legal issues relevant to social work practice
  7. Reflect critically on their approach to human rights and ethical issues
  8. Write required reports on human rights, ethics and legal issues


Report(1500 words, 40%)
Essay (3000 words, 60%)

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Contact hours

The unit runs for 12 weeks. Students are expected to undertake 144 hours per semester study. Students are expected to use their study time to attend on-campus lectures/workshops; undertake tasks set out in Moodle, which include set readings; visit a court and/or agency; and complete two assignment tasks; a report (1500 words - 40%) and an essay (3000 words - 60%).