This final unit in the 24 credit point capstone experience supports student's evolving understanding of the complex factors that impact the human condition. Building directly on student knowledge and skills developed in the pre-requisite unit ASW4003 it provides students with the opportunity to demonstrate their contribution to a more equitable and sustainable society through their intervention addressing a real world problem. Making such a contribution requires personal and professional courage and resilience in the face of opposing ideologies and practices. Students will incorporate understanding of power, ethics and culture in addressing real world problems.

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ASW4003 - Social Work Advocacy: Scope, Research and Design

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate and exemplify social work values and ethics, and the distinctive role and contribution of critical social work in addressing real world problems encountered in professional practice;  
  2. Apply critical social work knowledge, values, research and intervention skills to appropriately respond to the needs of diverse individuals, groups and communities; and  
  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.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Peer discussion 5%
Presentation Addressing a real world problem (20min - 2000 word equivalent) 40%
Report Critical analysis (2,000 words) 55%
Total word equivalence is 4,500 words.

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