This unit is the first component of a 24-credit point social work capstone experience. The role of this unit is to enable students to demonstrate their skills in identifying, scoping and designing a project that addresses a real-world health and/or welfare problem. Students will utilise a range of methodologies, including community engagement and development, to scope, research, and design their project.  Learning activities will emphasize engagement with the profession and require both independent and collaborative learning. Students will be encouraged to draw together learning from the theoretical, practical and conceptual components of the whole social work course. Students will take responsibility to organise, plan and carry-out the various tasks required for successful completion of the project. They will have the opportunity to present the outcomes of their project in the final component of the 24 credit point capstone experience: ASW4004 Social Work Advocacy: Social Change in Action.

Unit details

Study level:
Undergraduate
Credit points:
12
Unit code:
ASW4003

Prerequisites

ASW4002 - Advanced Professional Practice

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify, scope and plan social work interventions for real world problems by effectively using a range of methods of practice including individual, group, community, policy analysis and research;  
  2. Identify and critique personal beliefs, values, and cultural traditions and integrate these with formal knowledge and professional values and ethics to ensure authentic practice;  
  3. Demonstrate cultural humility, a valuing of diversity, and respect for the culture, knowledge and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the Traditional Owners of Australian lands through context specific projects; and  
  4. Work independently and collaboratively with colleagues and others in planning and developing social work interventions for real world problems.  

Assessment

Assessment type Description Grade
Other Persuasive written report (500 words) and oral presentation (500 word equivalence) justifying investigation into real world problem. 30%
Report Project methodology and timelines (1000 words) 20%
Literature Review Review of literature relevant to real world problem (2000 words) 40%
Other Conference abstract (250 word equivalent) 10%
Students enrolled in this unit will investigate and address issues of significance to the social work discipline via a self-identified or local agency "real world problem". This real world problem will be used as the basis for student assessment. Total word equivalence is approximately 4000 words.

Where to next?

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following courses. Refer to the course page for information on how to apply for the course.

Study a single unit

This unit may be available as a single unit of study.

Find out more about how to apply for single units of study at VU.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this unit information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that unit information is current with the Student Contact Centre.