Course Title: Social Work Field Analysis

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Work Field Analysis

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban & Social Studies


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015


City Campus


330H Social Science & Planning


Sem 1 2006

Course Coordinator: Ronnie Egan

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 1105

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

History and Trends in Social Work

Course Description

This course provides you with an introduction to human services practice and contexts. You will have the chance to study the interaction of social policies, programs and practices, and how they constitute the field of social work. This course is closely related to History and Trends in Social Work and provides you with an opportunity to observe and critique contemporary social work practice.

This course will introduce you to a rich and fascinating and dynamic network of agencies and organisations where social and social welfare workers are employed. We will explore the surprising variety of roles and responsibilities and work programs those workers have. You will be able to identify, in the ‘real world’ how structures and processes relevant to social work practice operate. You will have opportunity to observe and reflect on how, in practice, social policies, programs and practices relate. This course will also provide you with the opportunity to gain some practical experience in researching the social work field.

You are encouraged to begin to build your own social work networks – essential for all social workers, and relevant from the time you undertake your field placement responsibilities in third and fourth year. The course will allow you to apply your learning in History and Trends in Social Work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Beginning capabilities will be developed in integrating social work concepts and practice, and showing a greater understanding of the diverse fields of practice, roles and responsibilites in which social workers are engaged.

  1. You will gain an understanding of the Human Services field, and of a range of political, social and organisational processes; 
  2. You will gain an understanding of the organisational, research and political skills required to access information in these contexts; 
  3. You will gain and develop a capacity to record, analyse and report on the information, data and observations; and, 
  4. You will develop communication and analytical and presentation skills.

Overview of Learning Activities

There will be a series of presentations involving a range of speakers and input to support your analysis of the social work field. This will be complemented by participatory workshop activity to explore the issues raised.

You will choose to study an area of practice that is of particular interest to you, for example; mental health, aged, children and families, refugees or a local geographic area. You will identify key organisations and people from the field so as to develop an understanding of key issues relevant to social workers practising in this area. Students will spend on average three hours per week in class activity or on location. Students will work in small groups. Each group will have opportunities to discuss progress and any issues arising from their work.

Overview of Learning Resources

Overview of Assessment

How will I demonstrate my learning in this course?

You will be able to prepare assessment tasks up to a word length or equivalent of 4000 words.

Course Grades available
(No Decimals) Result
PASS (higher grading available) 50-59 PA
PASS (no higher grading available) PX
FAIL (some work submitted) 1-49 NN