In this unit, students will be introduced to the fundamental features of the Australian and Victorian legal system and will interrogate critically reflect upon and analyse the roles and responsibilities of the social worker within these legislative, judicial and administrative contexts. Students will also research and analyse the various systems that are available to support people with legal issues and how the principles of social justice and human rights are applied. In addition, students will demonstrate their working knowledge of the Australian legal system and the importance of legal knowledge to competent social work practice through the preparation of report writing. Students will also consider the Australian Association of Social Workers Professional Practice Standards and Code of Ethics that guide professional behaviour in a range of social work scenarios.
96 credit points of first year core ABSW units.
|1.||Explain the principles and functions of the law as relevant to the social work context;|
|2.||Identify and apply relevant legal frameworks in context and respond using appropriate professional communication skills;|
|3.||Interrogate and analyse the legal, ethical and practice considerations and dilemmas confronting social workers when complying with their statutory obligations to the law; and|
|4.||Critically review the role of legal systems in the context of social justice, human rights and cultural diversity.|
|Test||Open-book knowledge audit (30 minutes)||10%|
|Report||Case summary and critical commentary(750w)||20%|
|Assignment||Critical analysis of frameworks guiding social work practice (1500w)||50%|
|Presentation||15 minute group presentation and individual submission||20%|
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