Orientation to Social Work and Human Services

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Orientation to Social Work and Human Services

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Social Work

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    12
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Synopsis:
    At the beginning of studies in Social Work and Human Services it is essential that students develop a clear understanding of the scope of social work or human services, the context in which they are located, and the changing patterns of professional occupations and service delivery. It is also essential that students begin to explore their own motivations for becoming a social work or human service practitioner and begin to develop a sense of professional identity. It is anticipated that student's engagement with this reflective journey will continue throughout the social work or human services course. An understanding of cultural diversity and the construction of 'difference' are integral to social work and human service practice. Understanding and reflecting on cultural diversity will be an embedded feature of this unit.
    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit, you will:
    1. describe the nature and scope of social problems and the social work and human services sector and the social work and human services roles within it
    2. reflect on the role of values, ethics and practice standards in social work and human services
    3. critique the history and changing contexts of social work and human services in Australia
    4. reflect on and critique your own developing sense of professional identity and select and
    5. apply academic skills and tools to different academic contexts.
    Content
    The unit will provide an initial snapshot of the nature and scope of social problems and social work and human service sector followed by in-depth consideration of a number of threshold concepts. An overview, history and contextual considerations of each threshold concept will be discussed. A threshold concept is like a doorway to new ways of thinking about a topic. Comprehending a threshold concept transforms the way you understand or interpret an issue, and from there you can move forward to new layers of understanding. The threshold concepts include:
    • Roles and Levels of Practice
    • Ethics and Values
    • Practice Standards
    • Practice Frameworks
    • Levels of Practice
    • Social Work as Social Control
    • Tensions and Trends
    • Critical and Reflective practice
    Assessment
    Assessment name: Self Reflection
    Description: Following the introduction to social problems and the Social Work and Human Services sector, this paper explores motivations for becoming a Social Work or Human Service practitioner and discussions with current practitioners. Students are to identify an area of the Social Work or Human Services industry in which they would like to work and provide some analysis regarding why, drawing on what they have learned to date and about the profession. Work limit 800 words.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 4, 5
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 4
    Assessment name: Essay
    Description: The essay will focus on an in-depth examination of one of the threshold concepts; roles and levels of practice, ethics and values, practice standards, tensions and trends, critical and reflective practice - expanding on the online, lecture and learning circle discussions on one of the threshold concepts examined up to week 7. This is an academic paper and students will be expected to research beyond the content already delivered. Word limit 1500 words.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3, 5
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 9
    Assessment name: Reflective Journal
    Description: Reflective Summary Summary of fortnightly reflections on threshold concepts. This summary is a reflection on student's developing understanding and knowledge of social problems, of the Industry and of their emerging professional identity as a Social Work or Human Services practitioner. The summary will include references to your journal entries. 1500 word summary plus journal.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Weight: 40
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 14

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