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This subject critically examines perspectives on risk and vulnerability relating to a range of psychosocial issues – mental health, child abuse, family violence, substance abuse, health, and disability. These experiences will be critiqued using a variety of practice, theoretical and consumer perspectives. The implications for social work assessment and practice will be explored.
Intended learning outcomes
At the end of this subject, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate substantive knowledge about a range of issues such as mental health, child abuse, family violence, disability, and health by drawing on national and international research and epidemiological resources.
- Apply a multidimensional approach to understanding how people respond to these issues.
- Appreciate the diversity and complexity of consumer perspectives, as presented throughout the semester.
- Critically analyse different theoretical approaches to understanding these psychosocial issues.
- Identify the implications for social work assessment and practice.
- Critically reflect upon personal and professional values in relation to these issues.
Students who complete this subject should be able to:
- critically analyse texts and practices;
- understand recent developments in social work contexts of practice;
- link theory to practice;
- competently communicate in ways relevant to both academic and practice contexts;
- undertake independent research.
Last updated: 8 November 2019