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SWN002 Introduction to Social Work Practice and Contexts

This unit introduces you to the diverse and contested world of social work and is the first step in constructing your professional identity. It provides an entrée to a range of vital foundational concepts that will be developed further in other units, as you progress through the course. We critically examine the roles and purpose of social work within the dynamic interplay of social, economic and political structures and their implications for social work practice. We analyse practice methods and processes, formal theoretical frameworks that inform social work practice, values and ethics; ways of knowing; the history of social work and a broad overview of global social forces that influence and shape contemporary Australian society. Various fields of practice and organisational contexts within social work practice are also explored, with an emphasis on social justice, inequality, social change, critical analysis and reflection.

Unit information

Unit code
SWN002
Faculty
Faculty of Health
School/Discipline
Public Health & Social Work
Study area
Health and community
Credit points
12

Dates and locations

Teaching period Dates Locations
Semester 1, 2019 25 February 2019 - 21 June 2019 Kelvin Grove
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Fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
2019: $820
Domestic fee-paying student fee
2019: $2,484
International student fee (excluding study abroad students)
2019: $3,720
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Guide to fees

Commonwealth supported place (CSP) student contribution amount
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as a cross-institutional student who has a Commonwealth supported place at their home university.
Domestic fee-paying student fee
For Australian citizens, permanent visa holders and permanent humanitarian visa holders, and New Zealand citizens, who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course and are not eligible for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)
  • as part of a QUT course during Summer Semester
  • as a cross-institutional student who does not have a Commonwealth supported place at their home university
  • as a single-unit study student.
International student fee
For international students who study this unit:
  • as part of a QUT course
  • as a cross-institutional student.

Previous study requirements

Prerequisites
SWN018. SWN018 may be studied in the same teaching period as SWN002

Guide to previous study requirements

Prerequisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have completed these prerequisite units (or have credit, advanced standing or exemption for them), or be able to demonstrate that you have equivalent background knowledge.
Anti-requisites
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these anti-requisite units.
Co-requisites
To enrol in this unit, you must have already completed these co-requisite units, or you must enrol in them at the same time.
Equivalents
You can’t enrol in this unit if you have completed any of these equivalent units.
Assumed knowledge
We assume that you have a minimum level of knowledge in certain areas before you start this unit.

Unit outlines

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Semester 1, 2019