Practice Theories

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Practice Theories

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Social Work

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

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

    In line with the orientation of the social work and human service courses as a whole, this unit emphasises the conceptual component of your developing personal and professional practice framework integral to working effectively with a range of services users in a variety of different contexts. It is essential that students have a capacity to integrate and apply theoretical concepts to specific practice contexts, consider their own practice frame of reference and ideological influences, and understand the implications of these for practice.
    Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
    1. articulate the selection and application of major theoretical approaches (practice theories, perspectives and models), disciplinary knowledge and research that informs the ethical practice of social work and human service;
    2. critically analyse and evaluate the integration, application and utility of basic conceptual components of the major theories and personal and professional frameworks to complex practice contexts and problem based scenarios;
    3. critically reflect on frames of reference for practice and consider the way these are influenced by differing social and cultural perspectives, including the influence of gendered, Indigenous and international perspectives
    Content
    The unit has a focus on the development of knowledge and skills necessary for social work and human service practice, with an emphasis on the conceptual components of practice frameworks. This unit is taught in approximately four modules covering the following areas.
    These areas are subject to change dependent on guest presenter availability and student requirements:
    • Module 1 Introduction: Situating conceptual knowledge in practice, contexts of practice and developing a practice frame of reference and practice framework.
    • Module 2 Practice Perspectives: Anti-oppressive, Indigenous perspectives, ethno-sensitive perspective, ecological, feminist and strengths perspectives.
    • Module 3 Practice Theories: Psychosocial, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural, systems and structural.
    • Module 4 Practice Models: Crisis intervention, task-centred practice and solution-focussed approaches.
    Approaches to Teaching and Learning
    Study in this unit will be a mixture of formal lectures, presentations by the lecturer and guest presenters, class discussion and group case scenarios, video analysis and exercises. You will attend a weekly lecture that succinctly examines relevant theoretical approaches and practice implications and an interactive group workshop/tutorial session, which provides opportunities to critically examine discuss and apply major theoretical approaches to problem-based scenarios and small group learning activities. The underlying goal is to create a learning environment where students appreciate the nature and experience of collaboration and real-world learning. Learning is individual and group centred. Regular weekly attendance at tutorials is strongly recommended as the interactive activities link to assessment one (1) and two (2).
    Lectures, podcasts and other resources will be available on Blackboard.
    Assessment
    Assessment name: Centrally based exam
    Description: Students will undertake a 2.5 hour exam consisting of short essay questions and problem based scenarios. The exam will assess the ethical practice of social work and human service and your application of frames of reference for practice and the influence of differing social and cultural perspectives.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: End of Semester
    Assessment name: Problem Solving Task
    Description: You will be required to demonstrate your disciplinary knowledge and research to critically analyse and evaluate the integration, application and utility of basic conceptual components of the major theories and personal and professional frameworks. This response links theory to practice and aims to support the development of students' practice frameworks.
    Relates to objectives: 1, 2, 3
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Mid-semester

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