SWM5235 - Family violence and professional practice - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Social Work

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Deborah Western


Dr Deborah Western

Not offered in 2019


Enrolment in Graduate Diploma of Family Violence


In this unit students will examine professional practice in relation to gendered family violence (FV) and explore the roles and obligations of community and welfare professionals in the prevention of family violence.

Attention will be drawn to contemporary knowledge and theory regarding family violence and the ways in which this knowledge can be applied in practice. Critical reflection and analysis of knowledge, values and practice/skills constitutes an integral component of the unit.


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

  1. Analyse the gendered drivers (particularly gender inequality) and reinforcing factors associated with family violence and do so from critical, feminist, intersectional and anti-oppressive theoretical positions and practice-based frameworks
  2. Critique the different and additional manifestations and impacts of family violence on diverse individuals and communities including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, refugee and immigrant women, LGBTIQ+ individuals, and women with disabilities.
  3. Compare emerging family violence/violence against women prevention strategies and initiatives
  4. Apply actions such as awareness-raising, advocacy, and community development in the development of family violence/violence against women prevention strategies.
  5. Critically reflect on personal values, assumptions and professional practice in family violence prevention practice


  • Critical reflection 1(1,000 words) (15%)
  • Case study (3,000 words) (45%) (hurdle)
  • Critical reflection 2 (1,500 words) (25%)
  • Online participation (1,000 words) (15%)

Workload requirements

This is an off-campus unit.

Students are expected to undertake 12 hours of directed learning activities and 12 hours of self-directed learning including private study.

The unit runs for 12 weeks. For a 6 point unit, off-campus students are expected to spend 12 hours per week completing set learning activities outlined on the Moodle site, participating in online discussion groups, undertaking set readings, and engaging in private study. Private study can include reading additional to the set reading, reflective journalling and field notes, completing assignments and research activities.

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