Bachelor of Social Work Year Four Course Outlines

SOWK7331: Applied Social Work Policy

Semester: One

Co-requisites: SOWK7332, SOWK7333, SOWK7334

Pre-requisites: All Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 7

Formal Hours: 50

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 100

Aim

Increasingly, competent social workers are required to participate in administrative and people management processes, especially in the community and non-government sector of social service provision. This applied social policy course engages students with some of the tools of strategic management and development that support and guide their leadership within a social service organisation.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Critically evaluate strategic plans.

2. Critically evaluate decision-making frameworks.

3. Critique principles of good leadership.

4. Demonstrate critical awareness, holistic judgment in relation to social work policy in practice.




SOWK7332: Research and Reflective Practice

Semester: One

Co-requisites: SOWK7331, SOWK7333, SOWK7334

Pre-requisites: All Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 7

Formal Hours: 75

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 75

Aim

The purpose of this course is for students to generate a research question that is relevant to social work practice and develop an appropriate plan to respond to their research question.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Synthesise theory into research process through the development of a research proposal.

2. Critique the opinions of ‘others’, demonstrating consistent use of appropriate terminology, academic scholarship and critically reflective practice.



SOWK7333: Research Praxis

Semester: One

Co-requisites: SOWK7331, SOWK7332l, SOWK7334

Pre-requisites: All Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 7

Formal Hours: 70

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80 


Aim

This course extends the student’s ability to use research in practice. It draws on the student’s critical knowledge of theory and reflection on action practices from the classroom and field placement to deepen their awareness of their personal praxis – theory-informed actions. Critical and creative thinking skills enable the student to practice the ‘science and art’ of social work using their understanding and knowledge of the social work context, theories and practices to generate and compare alternatives, develop solutions and appraise their actions and judgments.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Apply knowledge of social work theory and integrated practices through the development, implementation and evaluation of action research.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of critically reflective social work practice through the research process.

3. Demonstrate critical judgement over a complex situation using a range of social work perspectives and practice theories.



SOWK7341: Field Placement Skills 2

Semester: Two

Co-requisites: Nil

Pre-requisites: All Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 courses, Year 4 Semester 1 courses

Credit Value: 15

Level: 7

Formal Hours: 70

Self-Directed Learning Hours: 80

Aim

The purpose of this course is to provide students with structured opportunities to hear from and discuss with social service agencies the operational realities of social work environments and service delivery. These opportunities are significant entry points for students to integrate and extend the theoretical, organisational policy, research, and practice knowledge they have accumulated over the course of this programme.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

1. Critique the process of linking theory into practice and the challenges of integration that occur for different organisations.

2. Critically evaluate how different organisations, their philosophies, and culture inform their practice.

3. Critically evaluate the processes of negotiation, consultation, and facilitation of stakeholder relationships.

4. Articulate the contribution of supervision to an integrated approach to social work competency and professionalism.

5. Integrate and apply the SWRB Core Competence Standards to their practice.



SOWK 7342: Field Placement 2

Semester: Two

Co-requisites: Nil

Pre-requisites: All Year 1, Year 2 and Year 3 courses, Year 4 Semester 1 courses, SOWK7342

Credit Value: 45

Level: 7 Fieldwork Hours 450 (60 days)

Aim

This course provides students with a second supervised fieldwork practice experience and aims to further develop their social work skills, encourage greater confidence in the use of social work models of practice, and appropriate communication styles to achieve the level of the beginner social worker with the guidance of a qualified supervisor.

Learning Outcomes

Following the successful completion of the field placement the student will having been observed, assessed, and supervised by a qualified field placement supervisor(s) and be able to demonstrate:

1. Their understanding and critical analysis of an organisation and its impact on the social work delivered.

2. Synthesis of social work models and practice, utilising critical judgement and appropriate communication.

3. Articulate their understanding of supervision through active participation.

4. Demonstrate their competence to practice social work.

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