Course Title: Critical Approaches to Social Work
Part A: Course Overview
Course Title: Critical Approaches to Social Work
Credit Points: 12.00
365H Global, Urban and Social Studies
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021
Course Coordinator: Dr Angelika Papadopoulos
Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3338
Course Coordinator Email: email@example.com
Course Coordinator Location: 08.10.36
Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment
Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities
Required Prior Study
You should have satisfactorily completed HWSS2090 History and Trends in Social Work and HWSS2091 Social Work Practice (Introduction to Social Work Practice) before you commence this course.
Alternatively, you may be able to demonstrate the required skills and knowledge before you start this course.
For your information go to RMIT Course Requisites webpage. https://www.rmit.edu.au/students/student-essentials/enrolment/course-requisites
This course introduces critical approaches to social work practice. Critical approaches theorise the ways in which our experience and possibilities are shaped by history, language, culture and institutions, with particular attention to power relationships and social inequalities. You will explore the range of theoretical perspectives that are drawn together under the heading of ‘critical social work practice’, understanding their origins, scope of application and limitations. You will analyse contemporary social problems to identify the assumptions they make about human wellbeing and the social world. You will explore the application of principles of critical social work in practice.
Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development
Program Learning Outcomes
In this course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:
- Participate robustly in contemporary and changing ideological and political debates impacting on society, in an informed, flexible and grounded manner to evaluate policy and/or engage in policy debates
- Apply a body of interdisciplinary knowledge, values and skills in working with and for society’s most vulnerable and marginalised individuals, families, groups and communities
- Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on issues of social disadvantage, marginalisation and oppression in both local and international contexts, and proactively work to promote social justice and human rights
- Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline of social work
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Locate critical approaches to social work practice and their philosophical and political bases in the history of social work theory development and the history of ideas
- Identify the assumptions about human beings and society underpinning contemporary ideological and political debates in social welfare policy
- Consider the relationship between social structures and contemporary social inequalities
- Critically analyse how power relationships, history and language frame the experience of individuals, families, groups and communities
- Recognise the scope and limitations of critical approaches to social work
Overview of Learning Activities
You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities including lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.
Overview of Learning Resources
RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.
A list of recommended learning resources will be provided on Canvas, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.
There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.
Overview of Assessment
You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.
Assessment Task 1: Two open book tests, 50% EWL 1,500 words, CLO1, CLO2 and CLO3
Assessment Task 2: Essay, 50%, EWL 2,500 words, CLO4 and CLO5
Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.
If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.
Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.