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SWSP3023 Professional Practice 3

Level: Bachelor

Duration: One Trimester
Credit Points: Six
Prerequisites: Professional Practice 1 and 2
Students are also required to meet any applicable Course Rules of Progression and Protocols for study of this subject. Students should consult the Unit Coordinator if they do not meet any of these requirements for the subject.

Mode(s) of Delivery: Online
Core/Elective: Core 

Unit Description

This experiential unit develops reflection and practice skills that focus on change at the socio-politico-cultural level, the Community level and the individual level within the traditions of Anti-Oppressive practice and Social Justice. It invites students to consider the linkage between private and private problems using a collective ethics framework, locating sites of oppression and resistance/ response. At an individual level, Social Justice based approaches to counselling and casework will be explored including Decolonisation, Narrative Therapy and Response Based practice. There will be also an exploration of use of traditional and modern forms of power in Social Justice activism.

Unit Workload

The unit includes two 18 hours intensive weekend blocks of class time held over 2 weekends. This time will be used for interactions with students to facilitate discussion of unit materials and assessments, presentations and group activities. Course material will be available in the online class space.


Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit, students will be able to:

a)         Demonstrate critical reflection, strength-based and solution-focused practices for use with client groups.

b)        Demonstrate advanced skills in mediation, conflict resolution, advocacy and effective decision-making for use in practice.

c)         Demonstrate ethical maturity in all interventions with client groups and colleagues.

d)        Explore more innovative socio-political and cultural interventions with clients, staff, supervisors and managers.

e)        Reflect and respond on current ideological shifts about notions of care, professional helping and use and abuse of the role of the professional.

f)          Reflect on and respond to public and policy interventions and power discourses that impact on the role of workers and their clients.

Learning and Teaching Approach

  1. Learning is an active process – which involves both questioning and challenging.
  2. Learning is a shared process – where others’ thoughts and ideas are presented, critically analysed, exchanged and respected.
  3. Learning is a collaborative and empowering process for self and others.
  4. Learning is thoughtful and reflective.
  5. Learning requires integration with prior knowledge and other arenas of knowledge development in the program.
  6. Preparation for lectures and seminars and reading the recommended texts and references is essential.

The content of this unit has been designed to maximise both online and face-to-face learning to integrate the subject matter.

Students are expected to:

  • Complete all activities
  • Complete readings
  • Complete all assessments
  • Attend all classes

It is also recommended that students:

  • Keep a record of new terminology that is introduced in this unit
  • Keep a copy of assessments and other correspondence
  • Make notes on unit content and readings

There will be learning activities linked to all lecture materials which are designed to encourage students to deliberate and reflect and to provide opportunities for further learning. The activities are designed to help students think through and practise the specific skills and general concepts presented in this unit as well as provide valuable learning opportunities.


Recommended Text

  • Baines, D. (Ed.), (2017). Doing anti-oppressive practice: Social justice social work (3rd ed.).  Fernwood.


  • Australian Social Work
  • ADVANCES: Journal of Social Work and Welfare Education
  • Australian Journal of Social Issues
  • Critical Social Work
  • Journal of Social Work Education (USA)
  • Journal of Social Work (UK)

Academic Misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for full details.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of the trimester. For a list of required textbooks for the upcoming trimester, please click here.