Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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 Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris Laming


The unit introduces the importance of an interpersonal focus to welfare practice and counseling, as well as the significance of self-awareness for the practitioner. It examines the central role of knowledge, values and skills in developing an understanding of social casework and evidence based interventions. It seeks to develop an awareness of the socio-political forces as well as the inter- and intra-personal dynamics that foster problem situations, and the way in which welfare practice and counseling, is contextualised in the community.


Upon successful completion of the unit, the students will:

  1. understand the significance of self-awareness and the use of self in social welfare practice and counselling;
  2. have begun a process of purposeful self-reflection to enable best practice interventions;
  3. understand and apply basic knowledge, values and skills in welfare practice and counselling;
  4. identify and evaluate typical individual, family and social welfare situations through the use of simple assessment frameworks;
  5. develop case plans for productive intervention.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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Chief examiner(s)

Off-campus attendance requirements

A compulsory 2-day residential school for off-campus students held during Orientation Week.


GSC1303, SCW1303