Course Title: Casework and Advocacy

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Casework and Advocacy

Credit Points: 12.00

Important Information:

Please note that this course may have compulsory in-person attendance requirements for some teaching activities. 

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Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS1135

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Summer2014,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 2 2021

Course Coordinator: Christine Craik

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2940

Course Coordinator Email: christine.craik@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Building 8, Level 10

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required Prior Study 

You should have satisfactorily HWSS2091 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.

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning.  


Course Description

Casework and Advocacy is a core course in the Bachelor of Social Work (Hons), the Bachelor of Social Work (Hons)/Psychology, and the Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies.  In this course you will develop and expand upon your understanding of theoretical frameworks and practical skills for working with people in oppressive situations in different settings. You will consider peoples situations within their broader family, social, cultural, legal and psychological contexts with a focus on gender, class, culture, age, sexuality and other power dimensions. You will consider the ways in which the political context impacts on personal oppression and explore the ways in which you will work to assist people in strengthening their personal and collective capacity to improve access to services and build and retain resilience.   


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes 

In course you will develop the following program learning outcomes:  

Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) - BH105 

  • 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
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts 
  • 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 judgment in planning, problem solving and decision making in your current and continuing professional practice

Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) / Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) - BH106  

  • 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
  • Demonstrate creativity, critical thinking and practical reasoning when identifying and solving problems in diverse contexts
  • Work with others in a  range of roles and contexts, demonstrating cultural, environmental and social awareness while promoting respectful, ethical and reflective practice

Bachelor of Youth Work and Youth Studies - BP322 

  • Communicate effectively and professionally using a range of appropriate modalities and genres suitable to broad stakeholders across the Youth Sector, including young people, statutory agencies, families, government and other professionals 


Course Learning Outcomes 

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

  1. Develop your understanding of existing welfare services that work with disadvantaged, marginalised and oppressed people.  
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of social work theories and the ways in which they translate to practice models to facilitate this work.  
  3. Apply practice skills associated with these models 
  4. Critically analyse and appraise these theories and apply these practice models to casework, case management, crisis intervention and advocacy with adults, young people and children.   
  5. Conduct a respectful, empathetic, strength-based interview, including an appropriate assessment, that demonstrates genuine engagement with adults, young people and children. 
  6. Reflect on and engage in practice that prioritises safety (physical and cultural) for both yourself and your service users. 
  7. Understand and respond professionally to heightened emotions, anger and aggression 


Overview of Learning Activities

The format of this course, will be a series of  lectures and tutorial/workshops. The tutorial/workshops will be highly interactive and give students the opportunity to engage with experiential learning via videos, role plays, case scenarios, exercises, self-reflection and discussion.   


Overview of Learning Resources

Readings required for this course are on Canvas. 

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. 

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 Tasks 

Assessment Task 1: Written psychosocial assessment (35%). This assessment addresses Course Learning Objectives (CLO’s) 3,4,5 & 7.  

Assessment Task 2:  Online quiz (15%). This assessment addresses CLO’s 2,5,6 & 7. 

Assessment Task 3:  Video of assessment interview and corresponding case plan based on that assessment interview (50%). This assessment addresses CLO’s 1,3,4,5 & 6. 


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 manager 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.