Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 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 2014 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Bernadette Saunders


Upon completion of the unit, students should 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.


On-campus students - attendance/participation in seminars/tutorials (10%)
Off-campus students - participation in on-line discussion/commentary (10%)
Court/tribunal related short answer questions and/or report (1,500 words) (40%)
A structured written commentary on a human rights, legal and ethical issue or case study (2,000 words) (50%)

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Workload requirements

The unit runs for 12 weeks. On-campus students attend a 3 hour seminar/tutorial.

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students are required to observe at least one court or tribunal hearing.

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