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Assessing Risk and Vulnerability (SCWK90054)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSCWK90054
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

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.

Generic skills

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.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home



Case Study

  • 3000 words
End of semester60%

Theoretical paper

  • 2000 words
Mid semester40%

Additional details

Theoretical paper 2,000 words (40%) due mid semester

Case study 3000 words (60%) due end of semester

Dates & times

  • August
    Principal coordinatorNicole Hill
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours24 contact hours (8 x 1.5 hour lectures, 8 x 1.5 hour tutorials)
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period26 August 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 6 September 2019
    Census date20 September 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail25 October 2019
    Assessment period ends30 November 2019

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Connolly, M. & Harms, L. (2013). Social Work: Contexts and Practices. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press (3rd Ed.)

  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 19 July 2019