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. Making such a contribution requires personal and professional courage and resilience in the face of opposing ideologies and practices. Through a written report and conference presentation students will demonstrate their ability to analyse diverse knowledge, community structures and processes and identify strategies to address real world problems. This unit draws together learning from across the whole social work course. Key principles underpinning the unit are scholarship, integrating knowledge from diverse sources, application of skills and knowledge, demonstrating readiness for professional practice, and emerging professional identity.

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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 social work in addressing real world problems encountered in professional practice;  
  2. Apply 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
Presentation Conference presentation of project: Real world problem (15mins) (1000 word equivalent) 30%
Report Individual analysis of real world problem (3000 words) 70%
Total word equivalence is 4,000 words.

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