Course Title: Social Work Field Education 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Social Work Field Education 1

Credit Points: 36


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HWSS1137

City Campus

Undergraduate

330H Social Science & Planning

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006

HWSS1137

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008

HWSS1137

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 1 2017

HWSS1137

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Workplace

Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Ms Linette Hawkins

Course Coordinator Phone: +(61 3) 9925 3051

Course Coordinator Email: linette.hawkins@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

You should have satisfactorily completed the prerequisite courses HWSS1135 Social Work with Individuals 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=twx09y07zi1c
 


Course Description

In this course you will undertake a professional placement of 70 days (500 hours). You will be placed in an organization and be involved in beginning professional social work practice with individuals and/or families and/ or small groups. This will enable you to acquire an understanding of the relationship between services offered and the organisational context of practice, implications for service delivery and the wider structural factors impacting upon these. This capstone course will enable you to synthesize and integrate your knowledge, connect theory and practice as well as demonstrate your holistic achievement of the program learning outcomes. This course is based upon experiential learning in which your knowledge and skills will be applied and assessed in a workplace context and where feedback from industry and/ or community is integral to assessment of your experience.
 


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • Apply contextually relevant ethics and standards for social work practice in accordance with the AASW Code of Ethics and Practice Standards in all areas of engagement
  • Identify and critically review the organisational, legal and political contexts of human services processes
  • Apply and critically reflect on theories and methodologies relevant to social work practice across different contexts
  • Form constructive relationships with individuals, groups and communities including user groups, colleagues, professionals and people in other significant roles / positions
  • Articulate how research can inform your professional practice, recognising the value of research as an integral part of social work practice
  • Analyse and review the relevant legislative and social policies which influence the different fields of practice

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

  • 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 addressing problems in diverse contexts within the discipline of social work
  • communicate using diverse formats and strategies to stakeholders within and external to the social work discipline
  • 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, seeking solutions and decision making in your current and continuing professional practice

These course learning outcomes and program learning outcomes align with the Australian Association of Social Work’s seven core learning areas.
 



Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include the 70 days (500 hours) field placement, development of a learning plan, and integrative seminars. You will be supported through placement planning and preparation in consultation with the Social Work Field Education Coordinator and other relevant staff.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems via myRMIT Studies. Additional sources, links and postings of relevant material will be made available online.


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 may include a learning plan, reports, case study and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment is ongoing throughout the placement and will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. 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 the Disability Liaison Unit if you would like to find out more.
  • A student charter http://www.rmit.edu.au/about/studentcharter 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: http://www.rmit.edu.au/policies/academic#assessment