Introduction to Social Work

    Unit code: ASW1001 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Nicholson
    Footscray Park


    This unit introduces students to Social Work concepts and practice, including its development and location within the social and community services sector. Workshops and recommended literature introduce students to key themes and debates in the development of social work in Australia and elsewhere. Students are expected to expand their understanding of social work as an activity shaped and constrained by social policy, legislation and organisations, as well as by a dynamic body of knowledge and skills, and a strong and explicit value and ethical base.

    Learning Outcomes

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

    1. Demonstrate skills to identify and reflect on one's personal and professional dimensions of becoming a social worker;
    2. Examine social work practice as a diverse, purposeful activity, informed by core values, ethics, theory and knowledge; and
    3. Explore social work practice within the current and historical context.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Assignment
    Grade: 20%
    Video (individual) reflect on the personal and professional dimensions of social work in a 4 minute video
    Assessment type: Test
    Grade: 10%
    Ethics Quiz on the AASW Code of Ethics (2020) and Practice Standards (2013). (equivalent to 100 words)
    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 40%
    Professional glossary – research three (3) social work terms (equivalent to 1000 words)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 30%
    Team case presentation (equivalent to 500 words)

    Required reading

    The road to social work and service practice
    Chenoweth, L., & McAuliffe, D. (2021).| Cengage Learning.

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