Year
2016
Units
4.5
Contact
1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
Prerequisites
1 SOAD9107 - First Placement
2 Admission into MSWGE-Master of Social Work (Graduate Entry)
3 6 of SOAD9102, SOAD9103, SOAD9106, SOAD9110, SOAD9060, SOAD9206, SOAD9226, SOAD8020, SOAD8021
4 Admission into MSWRS-Master of Social Work (Registered Social Worker Entry)
4a Admission into GCLGTC-Graduate Certificate in Loss, Grief and Trauma Counselling
4b Admission into MSWQS-Master of Social Work (Qualified Social Worker Entry)
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2 and 3) or ((4 or 4a or 4b)))
Enrolment not permitted
SOAD9043 has been successfully completed
Course context
Master of Social Work
Topic description
This topic explores professional issues in social work practice, focussing particularly on the Australian Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics. It brings a critical reflective approach to exploring issues of the moral status of social work clients and decision-making in human services and community environments fraught with ethical complexity. The topic covers the moral dilemmas, disagreements and conflicts of interest that arise in a range of practice settings; examines the ethical principles underpinning practice; and examines the choices available to practitioners and the assumptions underlying professional choice. Students will become skilled in deliberating about ethical dilemmas and defending their decsions for practice.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:
  • become familiar with relavant debates within moral philosophy and social theory;
  • build links between the AASW Code of Ethics and issues faced in professional practice;
  • develop perspectives and skills that will advance a critical, reflective and ethical approach to social work practice;
  • start building a philosophical and conceptual framework as part of their journey towards mature practice and integrity;
  • reflect on and generalise from their life and learning experiences;
  • experiment with some applications of their learnings;
  • prepare for practice, either in field education or employment Develop perspectives and skills that will advance an ethical approach to social work practice;
  • Build a philosophical and conceptual framework as part of their journey towards integrity;
  • Reflect on and generalise from their own life and learning experiences.
Expected learning outcomes
To be advised