Course Title: Casework and Advocacy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Casework and Advocacy

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2008,
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 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

Course Coordinator: Christine Craik

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2940

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 08.10.35

Course Coordinator Availability: via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses HWSS1133 Critical Approaches to Social Work before you commence this course.  Note it is a condition of enrolment at RMIT that you accept responsibility for ensuring that you have completed the prerequisite/s and agree to concurrently enrol in co-requisite courses before enrolling in a course. For your information the RMIT Course Requisites policy can be found at:;ID=twx09y07zi1c  

Course Description

Casework and Advocacy is a core course in the Bachelor of Social Work and Social Science Psychology/ Social Work programs. In this course, you will develop theoretical frameworks and practical skills for working with people in oppressive situations in different settings. You will consider people’s situations within their broader family, social, cultural, legal and psychological contexts with a focus on gender, culture, class, age and other power dimensions. You will consider the personal to political contexts of people’s experience of oppressive situations and the need to strengthen personal and collective capacity to improve access to services and build inner resources.

You will have the opportunity to explore: practice models for responding to individuals; theories of explanation for working with individuals and theories of intervention for working with individuals in particular depth.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development


Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Appraise the context of welfare services in Australia and elsewhere for disadvantaged and marginalised people
  • Critically analyse and apply practice models of casework, case management, crisis intervention and advocacy to practice with adults, youth and children.
  • Articulate and apply psychodynamic, attachment, trauma and developmental theories to practice and advocacy with adults, youth and children.
  • Conduct a respectful, empathetic, strength based interview to engage with adults, youth and children.
  • Write a psycho-social assessment.
  • Respond professionally with strategies of containment to aggressive clients
  • Reflect critically, creatively and sensitively on your impact on social work clients

 You will be assessed on your development of the following program learning outcomes in this course:

  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts within the discipline of social work
  • Work with others in a range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness while promoting respectful, ethical and reflective practice
  • Apply initiative and ethical judgement in planning, problem solving and decision making in your current and continuing professional practice

Overview of Learning Activities

Through the lectures and workshops, you will have the opportunity to engage actively in experiential learning via videos, exploration of case material, exercises, role plays, self-reflection and discussion, analysis and critique of guided reading. The course will be run face to face over the semester.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course. Lectures are recorded and available through our online systems, with lecture notes and reading resources. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by the course coordinator, including books, journal articles and web resources. A printed reading pack will be available for purchase.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and your development against the program graduate learning outcomes. Assessment tasks may include, but are not limited to, case studies, client assessment, tests and in class presentations.

  • 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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter summarises your responsibilities as an RMIT student as well as those of your teachers.
  • Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: