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SCWK3007: Issue Based Learning Unit 2

Semester 1, 2021 [Normal day] - Remote

The title and content of the unit will be selected from the following: Illness, inequality and intervention; Social justice, social citizenship and social work; Caring and citizenship: the case of disability; Families, children and young people; Drugs and alcohol; the social work response.

Unit details and rules

Unit code SCWK3007
Academic unit Social Work
Credit points 8
96 credit points including (KOCR2600 or KOCR2603 or SCWK2009) and SCPL2601 and (SCWK2006 or SCLG2602) and ((two of SCWK2004 or SCWK2005 or SCWK2007 or SCWK2008) or (12 intermediate credit points from Psychology)) or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Diversity Studies
Assumed knowledge


Available to study abroad and exchange students


Teaching staff

Coordinator Ruth Phillips,
Type Description Weight Due Length
Assignment hurdle task Final assignment: poverty related policy briefing paper
Policy brief related to poverty.
Due date: 07 Jun 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 25 Jun 2021
3500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO6 LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
Online task hurdle task In-class exam RE & CC
Closed -book in-class exam held during the Tutorial period in week 6.
30% Week 06
Due date: 14 Apr 2021 at 13:00

Closing date: 14 Apr 2021
1500 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO7 LO6 LO4 LO3 LO2
Assignment hurdle task Development of a plan for the policy briefing paper
Outline of proposed Policy Briefing Paper to be submitted via Turnitin.
20% Week 07
Due date: 28 Apr 2021 at 23:59

Closing date: 07 May 2021
1000 words
Outcomes assessed: LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4 LO5
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Assessment summary

  • In class examination of key concepts: The exam questions will be based on key concepts from week 1 to week 5, inclusive. The best preparation for this exam is to attend all lectures and tutorials and engage with the required readings. Students will be asked to write responses to five out of 6 short answer questions. 
  • Development of a plan for the policy briefing paper: The policy briefing paper plan should be an informative summary of your research.
  • Final assignment - poverty related policy briefing paper: You are required to write a briefing paper related to promoting social justice in relation to poverty in one of the broad areas provided. The objective of a policy briefing paper is to provide a clear, concise and engaging account of the issues under consideration, the scope and dimensions of the issue, the current policy situation and impact of policies and recommendations for action.

Detailed information for each assessment can be found on Canvas.

Assessment criteria

The University awards common result grades, set out in the Coursework Policy 2014 (Schedule 1).

As a general guide, a High distinction indicates work of an exceptional standard, a Distinction a very high standard, a credit a good standard, and a pass an acceptable standard.

Result name

Mark range


High distinction

85 - 100



75 - 84



65 - 74



50 - 64



0 - 49

When you don’t meet the learning outcomes of the unit to a satisfactory standard.

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For more information see guide to grades.

Late submission

In accordance with University policy, these penalties apply when written work is submitted after 11:59pm on the due date:

  • Deduction of 5% of the maximum mark for each calendar day after the due date.
  • After ten calendar days late, a mark of zero will be awarded.

Academic integrity

The Current Student website  provides information on academic integrity and the resources available to all students. The University expects students and staff to act ethically and honestly and will treat all allegations of academic integrity breaches seriously.  

We use similarity detection software to detect potential instances of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breach. If such matches indicate evidence of plagiarism or other forms of academic integrity breaches, your teacher is required to report your work for further investigation.

You may only use artificial intelligence and writing assistance tools in assessment tasks if you are permitted to by your unit coordinator, and if you do use them, you must also acknowledge this in your work, either in a footnote or an acknowledgement section.

Studiosity is permitted for postgraduate units unless otherwise indicated by the unit coordinator. The use of this service must be acknowledged in your submission.

Simple extensions

If you encounter a problem submitting your work on time, you may be able to apply for an extension of five calendar days through a simple extension.  The application process will be different depending on the type of assessment and extensions cannot be granted for some assessment types like exams.

Special consideration

If exceptional circumstances mean you can’t complete an assessment, you need consideration for a longer period of time, or if you have essential commitments which impact your performance in an assessment, you may be eligible for special consideration or special arrangements.

Special consideration applications will not be affected by a simple extension application.

Using AI responsibly

Co-created with students, AI in Education includes lots of helpful examples of how students use generative AI tools to support their learning. It explains how generative AI works, the different tools available and how to use them responsibly and productively.

WK Topic Learning activity Learning outcomes
Week 01 February 26: Introduction to IBL2 - social policy and social work Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2
Week 02 March 4: Social policy for social change Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 03 March 11: Poverty and inequality: what do we mean, how is the debate framed and how are we responding? Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 04 March 17: How do we organise social support and why do we shape it this way?; Unpacking social services Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO4
Week 05 March 24: Thinking about policy; How does policy take shape?; What are the drivers and debates?; How do we talk into and back to policy? Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 06 April 1: Human Rights and Social Work Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 07 April 8: Global Issues in the Local Context Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 08 April 22: Community Work, Advocacy and Activism Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 09 April 29: Human Rights and People with Disabilities Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 10 May 6: Social Policy and First Nations People Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3
Week 11 May 13: Social Inclusion and Young People Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5
Week 12 May 20: Global Social Justice Lecture and tutorial (4 hr) LO1 LO2 LO3 LO5

Attendance and class requirements

Attendance: The Sydney School of Education and Social Work requires attendance of at least 90 percent of all seminars, workshops or lectures. Where a student is unable to attend at the required rate evidence of illness or misadventure may be required and the student may be required to undertake extra work. Students should discuss the circumstances of their absence(s) with the co-ordinator of the unit of study. Further details are provided in the School canvas site:

Study commitment

Typically, there is a minimum expectation of 1.5-2 hours of student effort per week per credit point for units of study offered over a full semester. For a 8 credit point unit, this equates to roughly 160-200 hours of student effort in total.

Learning outcomes are what students know, understand and are able to do on completion of a unit of study. They are aligned with the University's graduate qualities and are assessed as part of the curriculum.

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify and describe the meanings of social work and social policy from social justice perspectives
  • LO2. outline and examine key historical and contemporary debates in social work and social policy
  • LO3. examine a range of theoretical perspectives in social work and social policy and the implications for intervention
  • LO4. demonstrate a capacity for critical thinking, research and writing in relation to contested conceptualisations of well-being and poverty
  • LO5. understand the social, political, economic and legal contexts of social work in detail in one specific social policy area
  • LO6. identify and develop skills in working individually and in small groups
  • LO7. demonstrate a capacity to describe and reflect on learning processes.

Graduate qualities

The graduate qualities are the qualities and skills that all University of Sydney graduates must demonstrate on successful completion of an award course. As a future Sydney graduate, the set of qualities have been designed to equip you for the contemporary world.

GQ1 Depth of disciplinary expertise

Deep disciplinary expertise is the ability to integrate and rigorously apply knowledge, understanding and skills of a recognised discipline defined by scholarly activity, as well as familiarity with evolving practice of the discipline.

GQ2 Critical thinking and problem solving

Critical thinking and problem solving are the questioning of ideas, evidence and assumptions in order to propose and evaluate hypotheses or alternative arguments before formulating a conclusion or a solution to an identified problem.

GQ3 Oral and written communication

Effective communication, in both oral and written form, is the clear exchange of meaning in a manner that is appropriate to audience and context.

GQ4 Information and digital literacy

Information and digital literacy is the ability to locate, interpret, evaluate, manage, adapt, integrate, create and convey information using appropriate resources, tools and strategies.

GQ5 Inventiveness

Generating novel ideas and solutions.

GQ6 Cultural competence

Cultural Competence is the ability to actively, ethically, respectfully, and successfully engage across and between cultures. In the Australian context, this includes and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, knowledge systems, and a mature understanding of contemporary issues.

GQ7 Interdisciplinary effectiveness

Interdisciplinary effectiveness is the integration and synthesis of multiple viewpoints and practices, working effectively across disciplinary boundaries.

GQ8 Integrated professional, ethical, and personal identity

An integrated professional, ethical and personal identity is understanding the interaction between one’s personal and professional selves in an ethical context.

GQ9 Influence

Engaging others in a process, idea or vision.

Outcome map

Learning outcomes Graduate qualities

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Site visit guidelines

If you are undertaking professional experience/field education placement as part of your enrolment in this unit of study, please assess your specific needs and requirements for the safe and successful completion of an external placement within a host organisation. You will be given the opportunity to disclose any health issues that have a work health and safety significance before arranging a placement so that your safety, and the safety of others, can be properly assessed. The Professional Experience Coordinator/Field Education Manager will work to ensure that the workplace assignment to you is appropriate for your needs and requirements. If you are experiencing disability, and require reasonable adjustments to be arranged, please contact Disability Services as early as possible prior to commencing the internship. Please note, in all cases, and for the purpose of organising reasonable adjustments, only the impact and not the nature, of your disability will be disclosed to the host organisation.


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