SOWK11014 - Contemporary Human Services

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to social work and human services in Australia and the changing context for professional practice within contemporary society. You will develop an understanding of the historical and cultural context of social work, and human services more broadly, within the Australian welfare state and how these services are currently organised and delivered. You will be able to conceptualise social justice, inequality and disadvantage and their significance to professional practice. You will understand the values, ethics and principles of social work and human services, and how these inform methods of practice. This unit will focus on the human services context of professional practice and the broader challenges and opportunities within the social services sector. Consideration will be given to reflective practice and the 'use of self' and how social workers navigate complex systems of service delivery.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 1
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Mixed Mode

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Reflective Practice Assignment 30%
3. Case Study 40%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 52.17% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: 'Have your say'
Feedback
The introduction of the 'You Can't Ask That' panel was very well received and valuable to students.
Recommendation
Continue with 'You Can't Ask That' across all on-campus locations in 2019.
Action Taken
The 'You Cant Ask That' session was delivered across all campus locations and was again well received.
Source: 'Have your say'
Feedback
The final assessment required more explanation.
Recommendation
The final assessment will be changed for 2019. Students will receive additional information about this assessment early in the term.
Action Taken
Students were given prompts early in term to begin preparation for the final assessment and additional academic literacy support was implemented.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
Confusion related to the submission of discussion forum posts and additional copy as a word document
Recommendation
Students will be provided with clearer instruction in the Unit Profile regarding submitting a word document in addition to their discussion forum post to ensure each student gets targeted feedback on their assessment.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Have your Say
Feedback
Interest in offering a 3 day residential in central Queensland
Recommendation
In the future students will have the opportunity to complete the 3 day residential school in Rockhampton, Bundaberg, Port Pirie, Noosa or Geraldton University Campus providing students with locations around Qld and beyond.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Examine the historical and contemporary context of service delivery within Australian human service organisations;
  2. Critique the concepts of social justice, and inequality, and how these inform professional social work practice within Australian human service organisations;
  3. Appraise the key values, ethics, principles and models of practice that inform professional practice in social work and human services;
  4. Demonstrate critically reflective practice techniques.

This unit has been designed in accordance with the AASW (2020) curriculum guidelines. Please note the Residential School for this Unit requires compulsory attendance under the AASW accreditation guidelines, and has been undertaken in all previous years, other than during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. This is not a change to the Unit, it is a continuation of the compliance with existing accreditation. 

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Case Study
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
3 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Reflective Practice Assignment
3 - Case Study