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Legal and Ethical Contexts of Practice (SCWK90055)

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Year of offer2018
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSCWK90055
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject provides an overview of social work ethics and the Australian and Victorian legal systems. It explores values and principles upon which human services law and social work ethics are based. The subject examines current legal and practice issues which practitioners can expect to encounter in such practice areas as child protection, family law, domestic violence, mental health, guardianship, and working with refugees.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the subject students should be able to:

  • understand the interconnectedness of social work practice and law
  • understand the nature of the legal and ethical context of practice and the implications for social work practice.
  • understand the notion of rights, their definition and their enforcement
  • articulate the interrelationship between access to justice and socio-economic factors, gender, sexual orientation, Aboriginality and ethnicity
  • articulate and understand the ethical and legal responsibilities of social workers in their practice generally, and in a range of common practice contexts.

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.

Last updated: 16 June 2018