Foundations of Social Work Practice

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Griffith University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Foundations of Social Work Practice is an online unit provided by Open Universities Australia in association with Griffith University. Its fundamental aim is to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the institutional structures and practices of the human services industry. Once armed with this knowledge, you will be able to embark on your first social work field placement, ready to succeed in the role.

To begin with, you will explore the expectations, processes, and group dynamics that typically apply in a social work context. Following this, you will be introduced to social work ethics and values, before familiarising yourself with the theoretical and organisational structures behind social work practice. Finally, you will develop your interpersonal and communication skills before starting placement.

Ultimately, Foundations of Social Work Practice provides you with a comprehensive understanding of how human services work, and how to approach the role. The combination of theory and practice is the perfect start to a career in social work.

On-campus component

This course requires some on-campus attendance. You're required to attend a 1-week intensive class at Griffith University's Gold Coast campus.

Eligibility

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have completed the following unit, because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • Social Work in Content

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:

  • Master of Social Work

Areas of study

In this Foundations of Social Work Practice unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Welcome and introduction
  • Expectations, content, process, group dynamics, assessment requirements and intro to social work context, definitions, purpose and career motivations
  • Introduction to social work values and ethics
  • The knowledge, theory and organisational base of social work practice
  • Helping process: explores engagement, assessment, intervention, termination and review, and looks at diversity and critical reflective practice
  • Explores theory and practice in interpersonal communication and relationships
  • Focus on building connections and relationships with fellow students and staff
  • Focus on interpersonal and communications skill development
  • Explores the field placement learning experience, expectations, responsibilities and assessment

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Master of Social Work, Griffith University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Social work is an extremely rewarding and crucial career path. However, attached to this role is a huge level of responsibility, which is why a detailed understanding of theory and practice is essential to success. By taking this unit, you will develop a contextual under

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Foundations of Social Work Practice from Griffith University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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