SWK2110 - Social welfare and the law - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work


Dr Kerry Brydon

Not offered in 2017


This unit will broadly explore the legal mandate and legal processes through which policies in social welfare are implemented. It will also consider key legal dilemmas that impact on social welfare service delivery.


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

  1. Outline the origins and purpose of the law, including human rights considerations, particularly as applicable to children and older people.
  2. Identify the values and principles that underpin the law including the nature of ethics and ethical practice, how these apply in practice and tensions that may arise.
  3. Identify the legal systems and terminology that may affect individuals and families with particular reference to the child welfare and aged care groups.
  4. Discuss how legal frameworks and welfare service delivery systems interact.


  • Report of student attendance at a Court or Tribunal hearing (2,000 words) (45%)
  • Assignment (2,500 words) (55%)

Workload requirements

Students will attend up to three hours of direct teaching classes per week and are expected to complete nine hours of independent study each week.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Social work

Human services