SWK521 Analysing Social Work Foundations

This unit critically examines the core elements of professional social work practice in Australia. With a focus on values, ethics and empowering communication practices. Students will critically reflect on the historical, social, legal and policy contexts of professional social work practice. Students will analyse and apply social work ethical decision-making strategies to inform complex decision making in a range of situations. Concepts of power, empowerment, social justice and human rights are explored and integrated into professional social work practice. In addition, students will develop advanced capability in empowerment-focused communication skills with individuals, groups, organisations and communities. This unit includes a compulsory 5-day intensive block at Casuarina Campus in Darwin.

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