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BESC3071 Group Work

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 300

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: none

Unit Description

This unit is core and provides students with an introduction to the theory of group work and develops the student’s capacity to apply group work theory and practice in a variety of contexts and settings. Students learn about the theoretical underpinning that informs the dynamics and processes which affect the stages of group development and group process. Students learn to apply their knowledge and skills to real and simulated situations. Emphasis throughout the unit is placed on developing a practical framework to manage, lead and participate in groups in a range of contexts and circumstances.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Describe the rationale for group work
  • Develop a systematic approach to group work planning, program development and associated administrative functions
  • Identify and analyse key elements of group dynamics and group process
  • Implement appropriate adult learning principles, communication skills and group techniques for participating in and/or facilitating groups and group process
  • Demonstrate group observation and analysis skills
  • Compare a diverse range of groups according to the roles and functions of the leader and group participants within these groups
  • Evaluate the ethical and legal dimensions of group work

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.