SOWK12011 - Social Group Work and Family Work

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Students should be able to articulate the knowledge and practice of social group work and family work and analyse the relationship between different social theories and group work methods. Students should develop the skills of working with groups in various configurations and the ability to analyse the consequences and constructs consistent with various social work methodologies of group and family therapy, including conferencing. Students should be able to address the issues of practising in cross cultural and social exclusion contexts in their deployment of group work methods through the application of intervention plans and role plays.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

SOWK12009 Casework and Case Management

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile

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. Practical Assessment 30%
3. Written Assessment 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%).

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 3.4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 32.61% 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: Feedback from unit coordinator
Greater engagement of students completing residential school internally
Offer a zoom for students attending Rockhampton and Bundaberg residential weekly tutorial to maximise engagement in the online space and with the Unit Coordinator
Action Taken
The unit was provided by zoom as the residential was cancelled because of COVID.
Source: Student Feedback in Moodle
As this unit was originally meant to have a residential school, I believe the material wasn't adjusted enough to suit online teaching without a residential school. At times it became quite confusing and impacted on experience and learning. Changes to staffing mid term exacerbated challenges for students.
Should a residential school need to be cancelled, the content, resources and staffing needs to be adjusted to ensure continuity and matching to assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Compare the philosophical assumptions that underpin various models of group work and family therapy
  2. Apply the basic skills of working with a group to social work case scenarios
  3. Utilise a knowledge of group and family dynamics in their analysis of social work case scenarios
  4. Analyse their application of methods to social work case scenarios in written intervention plans informed by the differing theoretical constructs of the profession
  5. Select and justify the most appropriate social work method to be applied to an example of social exclusion in your local community
  6. Distinguish the elements of cross cultural competency including working in indigenous group and family contexts
  7. Analyse their own performance based on feedback drawn from their involvement in professional learning contexts.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
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 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Written Assessment