Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Caulfield First semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Professor Christopher Trotter


This unit uses a range of case studies to assist the student in working through the complex issues faced by many social work clients. The unit asks the students to reflect on their knowledge and theory to draw upon appropriate assessment and intervention techniques for a range of social work situations.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically reflect on their own values and how this impacts on social work practice
  2. Articulate the depth and complexity of use of self in professional practice
  3. Identify complexity in areas such as but not limited to ageing, cultural and linguistic diversity, class, family dysfunction, violence, poverty and disability
  4. Respond to the complexity of diversity in social work practice based on an understanding of theoretical approaches and models of practice
  5. Develop frameworks for dealing with complexity in social work and the ability to develop appropriate strategies and interventions.


Oral presentation (70%)
Written paper (This can either be a formal written essay (1,000 words) or a PowerPoint presentation (10 slides)) (30%)

Workload requirements

2 hour weekly lecture.

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Chief examiner(s)

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