SWK2140 - Social welfare and practice with communities - 2019

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

Chief examiner(s)

Melissa Petrakis


Debbie Ling

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Social Welfare or the Human Services stream of the Bachelor of Health Sciences.


Please note: The teaching dates for this unit vary from the standard teaching datesstandard teaching dates (http://www.monash.edu/enrolments/dates/census) for this teaching period.

Unit discontinuation and penalty dates for these units are different to other units taught in the same teaching period.

Please refer to the information available on the Faculty non standard teaching dates pageFaculty non standard teaching dates page (https://www.monash.edu/medicine/study/student-services/non-standard-dates) to avoid academic and financial penaltiesacademic and financial penalties (https://www.monash.edu/enrolments/change/add-or-discontinue-units).


The unit intends to help students develop knowledge and insight into the everyday activities of community work and the theoretical assumptions that underpin community work and how these relate, in particular, to the child welfare and aged care contexts.


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

  1. Discuss the concept of community and community work, including that ways it may apply to child welfare and aged care contexts.
  2. Compare different models community work including community development, community organization, social action and social planning.
  3. Understand the value and ideological bases of community work, including that ways these may apply to child welfare and aged care contexts.
  4. Understand appropriate ethical behaviors and standards in community work.
  5. Critically analyze how different types of organizations influences community work with emphasis on child welfare and aged care settings.
  6. Understand the roles, strategies and skills central to community work.


  • Interview of a community development worker or attendance at a community group meeting or forum (1,000 words) (40%)
  • Analysis of a contemporary community development project (3,500 words) (60%)

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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