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 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Debra Manning


This unit focuses on theory, research and practice issues pertaining to a major approach to social and community welfare practice. We study theories of oppression and privilege and critically examine approaches to anti-oppressive and transformative practice at individual, community, structural and international levels. Particular emphasis is on understanding the role of privilege in producing and maintaining discrimination and oppression, before exploring transformative counselling approaches and strategies to promote organisational and social change in fields including disability, child protection and violence against women.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students will have developed:

  1. an understanding of theories of oppression and privilege as well as anti-oppressive and transformative approaches critical to socially just practice at individual, community organisational and international levels;
  2. an awareness of the centrality of personal, societal and cultural values and beliefs in approaches to practice in counselling, community development, and social policy;
  3. skills in critical analysis and research methods in a specific theoretical and practice context.


Within semester assessment: 100%

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)



GSC3303, SCW3303