SWSP6013: Social Work Theory and Practice (Critical Theories and Skills)
Discipline of Social Work
Social workers acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians, whose lands, winds and waters we all now share, and pay respect to their unique values, and their continuing and enduring cultures, which deepen and enrich the life of our nation and communities. Social workers commit to acknowledge and understand the historical and contemporary disadvantage experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the implication of this for social work practice. Social workers are responsible for ensuring that their practice is culturally competent, safe and sensitive.
|Unit Outline SWSP6013 Social Work Theory and Practice (Critical Theories and Skills)|
|Assessment Type||Critical Reflection Essay|
|Aligned Learning outcomes||Advanced knowledge of the historical development of critical theory to explain the fundamental structural nature of poverty, inequality, disadvantage and marginalisation. Students will also be able to critically evaluate existing policies and programs developed to address disadvantage and oppression.|
Cognitive, technical, and creative skills including critical and structural analysis and critical reflection. Demonstrated use of these skills to critically reflect on the ‘self’, identity and social location. Ability to link critical reflection implications for critical social work practice.
|Length||2500 words, excluding reference list|
This assessment requires you to write a critical reflection essay that demonstrates an understanding of the impact of your own social location, privilege and oppression on your critical social work practice. In the answer, you are to explore structural inequality, personal privilege, power and subjugation and link this with implications for your critical social work practice. Explore how your privilege/ oppression may impact your social work practice with clients and use critical theory as a lens for critical reflection for practice.
Assessment Criteria – Task 2
Write a critical reflection essay about your own social location, privilege and oppression
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