Disability and Social Work

UNIT OUTLINE
SWSP3923: Disability and Social Work
Practice
Discipline of Social Work
Some Social Work units in Trimester 2 2021 will be delivered online to ensure the health of
students and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a temporary mode of delivery that
has the approval of the AASW.
Social workers acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the First Australians,
whose lands, winds and waters we all now share, and pay respect to their unique values, and their
continuing and enduring cultures, which deepen and enrich the life of our nation and communities.
Social workers commit to acknowledge and understand the historical and contemporary disadvantage
experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the implication of this for social work
practice. Social workers are responsible for ensuring that their practice is culturally competent, safe
and sensitive.

Document Name Unit Outline SWSP3923 Disability and Social Work
Practice
Responsibility Academic Dean
Version UO SWSP3923.V1

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1. Unit Description
This unit introduces students to current social work practice focusing on supporting people living with
a disability. It attempts to convey an impression of what it is like to be living with a disability, the
challenges that people with disabilities face within everyday life, and introduce students to the notion
of self-determination and the discourse of choice and control that underpins current support
approaches.
Course material will be available in the online class space.
2. Unit Information
3. Development of Learning Outcomes and Graduate Attributes
3.1 Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit the student should be able to:
a. Describe how the concept of disability is socially constructed.
b. Have a good understanding of the rights of people living with disabilities.
c. Describe the key features of Australia’s disability support arrangements.
d. Describe how the concepts of choice, control, and autonomy have been translated into care
arrangements in Australia.
e. Demonstrate awareness of key challenges that face social workers in a disability care
context.
f. Apply key social work theories and concepts to the lived experience of disability.
g. Demonstrate awareness of key challenges that social workers face in a disability care
context.

Unit level and type 300 level Core Unit
Credit point value 6 (out of a total of 192)
Prerequisites SWSP1003
Co-requisites Nil
Equivalent Units Nil
Delivery modes Online and On Campus
Course Bachelor of Social Work

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3.2 Course Learning Outcomes
This unit, SWSP3923, covers the learning required to deliver the following Course Learning
Outcomes:

Values and
Ethics
Professionalism
Culturally
Responsive
and Inclusive
Practice
Knowledge for
Practice
Applying
knowledge to
practice
Communication
and
Interpersonal
Skills
Information
Recording and
Sharing
Professional
Development
and
Supervision

 

1.1 Practice in accordance with the AASW Code of Ethics
1.2 Manage ethical dilemmas and issues arising in practice
2.1 Represent the social work profession with integrity and professionalism
2.2 Behave in a professional manner and be accountable for all actions and
decisions
3.1 Work inclusively and respectfully with cultural difference and diversity
3.2 Respect and strive to understand and promote the right of Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander peoples and their cultures
4.1 Understand higher level systemic influences on people with respect to area of
practice
4.2 Understand and articulate social work and other relevant theories and
concepts
4.3 Understand the role of research and evaluation in obtaining and generating
new knowledge for practice
4.4 Understand and articulate how and when theories, knowledge bases and
knowledge sources inform practice
5.1 Assess and analyse needs to inform practice
5.2 Work collaboratively
5.3 Use a range of social work methods and techniques appropriate to the area
of practice
5.4 Apply critical and reflective thinking to practice
6.1 Communicate with a diverse range of people
6.2 Communicate the details and nature of the service offered to people
6.3 Work with others in a team environment
6.4 Use information technology to communicate and provide services
7.1 Record and manage information appropriately
7.2 Keep and maintain information in accordance with ethical principles and
relevant legislation
8.1 Actively participate in professional supervision
8.2 Engage in continuing professional development
8.3 Where appropriate, to contribute to the professional development of others

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3.3 ACAP Graduate Attributes
Successful completion of this unit also contributes specifically to the development of the following
ACAP Graduate Attributes:
GA1 COMMUNICATE: Apply effective communication skills with others in diverse contexts and
through multiple modalities
GA2 SUSTAIN: Sustain an intentional commitment to maintain currency and further develop
knowledge and skills over their lifetime
GA3 THINK: Apply critical, creative and flexible thinking to contribute and respond constructively
across diverse settings
GA4 ENGAGE: Engage effectively with contemporary and traditional knowledges across multiple
contexts
GA5 WELLBEING: Utilise skills and knowhow to maintain resilience, personal and professional
wellbeing when responding to challenges and opportunities
GA6 EQUALITY: Enact inclusive practices that deliver social justice and equality of opportunity
GA7 INTEGRITY: Apply integrity and ethical standards to study, research and practice
GA8 COMMUNITY: Use teamwork and leadership knowledge and skills to advance teams,
groups and communities
GA9 GLOBAL: Apply culturally sensitive professional knowledge and skills to contribute to a
sustainable global future
4. Learning and Teaching Process
This unit is taught over 13 weeks and totals 3 student contact hours per week.
Students will participate in teaching and learning activities including:
a) Lectures and critical discussion
b) Tutorials and skill development activities
c) Online pre-learning activities
d) Online post-learning
A weekly 3-hour learning session [via Zoom or on Campus]. One three-hour workshop comprised of
didactive material delivered, interactive class time, group discussion, readings, assessments and
class activities.
In addition to timetabled contact hours, students are expected to do at least
6 hours of personal
study each week to review lectures and read prescribed and recommended materials for this unit. The
total individual workload of this unit will be around 9 hours (including teamwork, individual self-study
and reading).
5. Student Attendance: Social Work
The Australian Association of Social Workers requires students maintain 80% attendance for each
unit of study. Students are responsible to provide supporting documentation for missed classes.
Students are also required to provide evidence of how they have kept abreast with the course
content, this will be assessed by submitting a 500-word outline summarising the content of each
missed session. Students who miss more than three (3) sessions for a class offered weekly or one (1)
session for a weekend block will not be able to pass the unit. In circumstances where attendance
requirements are not met, the result ‘Fail Incomplete’ will be awarded. For more information refer to
the participation and learning policy:
Student Participation and Attendance Policy
5.1 Trimester Key Dates
The Trimester Key Dates can be accessed at https://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/key-dates/
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6. Weekly Schedule

Week Topic Assessment
1. Defining conditions, impairment and disability
2. Theories of disability and models of support – from
institutions to the NDIS.
3. Social work and disability
4. Experiences of disability
5. Attitudes, stereotypes and stigma Assessment 1: Case Study
(Group Report) due
6. Working with and without the NDIS
7. Break week: no classes
8. Assessment, planning and support
9. Sources of knowledge
10. Health/employment Assessment 2: Critical
Reflection (Individual
Submission) due
11. Sexuality, abuse and neglect
12. Advocacy, politics and policy
13. Self-directed learning

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7. Assessment Overview
The assessment in this Unit has TWO components as listed below:
* Students must submit all assignments and achieve at least an overall Pass grade to pass the unit.
8. Assessment Policy and Procedures
The ACAP Assessment Policy and Procedure located on the ACAP website is a full statement of the
principles and practice, which inform the design, development and implementation of assessment at
ACAP. Available:
https://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-my-course/a-z-policies/
8.1. Assessment Practice
Academic integrity and professional standards
Plagiarism is the inclusion of another person’s work within your submission without acknowledgement
or permission. Plagiarism is regarded as a form of cheating. The penalties associated with
misconduct are severe, and plagiarism may result in failure or variation of grade in the Unit. All ACAP
students must familiarise themselves with the
ACAP Academic Integrity Policy, and the ACAP
Academic Misconduct Policy.
Available at https://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-mycourse/a-z-policies/.
Submitting Assessments
Assignments are submitted via the class space by the due date and time given in the Assessment
Overview. Unit educators will provide instructions and demonstration of the submission process prior
to the due date for the first assessment in the unit. Students who experience technical issues when
attempting to submit their assignment should contact
ACAP IT Support and email their educator.
Please submit your assessment with a completed cover sheet. Assessment cover sheets are
available from:
http://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/managing-my-course/a-z-forms/
Ensure you keep a copy of all assessments submitted. This includes audio visual recordings.
Examinations and presentations must be attended as scheduled, unless by prior arrangement due to
Special Circumstances. Non-attendance at a scheduled assessment may result in a Fail grade for the
assessment piece and may impact a student’s overall grade in the unit.
Late submission of assessments
Should a student without an approved extension fail to submit an assessment piece by the due date,
they will attract a 5% penalty for every calendar date the assessment is submitted late. The late
penalty is deducted from the total marks available for the assessment piece, not the mark awarded.

Assessment Type Due Date Learning
Outcome
Weighting Length
Assessment 1:
Case Study (Group
Report)
Week 5
Sunday
by 11.55pm
AEST/AEDT
a,b,c,d,e,f,g 40% 3000 words
Assessment 2:
Critical Reflection
(Individual Submission)
Week 10
Sunday by
11.55pm
AEST/AEDT
e,f 60% 1500 words

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For example, an assessment worth 50% will incur a late penalty of 2.5 marks per day. No assessment
will be accepted after 10 calendar days from the due date unless an extension has been granted.
Extensions
Should a student require an extension they must apply in accordance with the Official Assessment
Extension Guidelines (refer to Attachment 2 of the
ACAP Assessment Policy and Procedure). All
students apply online: via the official
ACAP Extension Application Form.
Special Consideration
Students may apply for Special Consideration based on unforeseeable adverse circumstances which
have impacted their or one or more members of their group’s ability, to meet assessment deadlines.
(Refer to Attachment 4 of the
ACAP Assessment Policy and Procedure). Access the form on the
ACAP website).
Receiving marks for assessments
Students will normally be notified of marks for individual assignment via the class space.
Changes to assessments
Other than in exceptional circumstances, no changes should be made to the assessment profile
published in this Unit Outline after the end of Week 1 in any teaching period. If after this time it
becomes necessary to make changes to an assessment, any modifications must be approved by the
Dean and communicated to all students in writing.
Appeals against grades
Each student has the right to appeal against an assessment decision. The student is the only person
who can lodge an appeal. In the case of an assessment appeal, the student must approach the unit
Academic Teacher directly first and every attempt should be made to resolve the issue at this level. If
there are grounds for a more formal appeal, access the
ACAP Assessment Appeal Form on the
ACAP website.

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9. Prescribed and Recommended Readings
9.1. Prescribed
No prescribed textbook. Details of readings for each topic will be provided in the online class space.
9.2. Recommended
Recommended Policy Papers
http://www.un.org/disabilities/documents/convention/convoptprot-e.pdf
https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/05_2012/national_disability_strategy_2010_202
0.pdf
https://www.ndis.gov.au/html/sites/default/files/documents/Provider/201617-vic-nsw-qld-tas-priceguide.pdf
Legislation
http://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/disability-rights/guides/brief-guide-disability-discriminationact
Journals
Australian Social Work
British Journal of Social Work
Critical Social Work
Disability and Health Journal
Disability and Society
Journal of Disability Policy Studies
Disability Studies Quarterly
Journal of Intellectual Disabilities
Journal of Intellectual Disability Research
Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability
Journal of Learning Disabilities
Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability Studies
Learning Disability Practice
Learning Disability Quarterly
Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability
Other Sources
Australian Bureau of Statistics (www.abs.gov.au)
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (www.aihw.gov.au)
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10. Learning Resources and Support
Academic and Learning Support
Students’ first point of contact for academic support is their unit educator. Contact details for the staff
in this unit are available in the class space. Here students will find consultation hours for this unit and
the best means for contacting individual staff.
Library
Comprehensive library services are available to support and enhance your learning experience at
ACAP. The ACAP Library site (
http://libguides.navitas.com) provides access to book collections,
including electronic books and professional journals listed in this unit. ACAP librarians can help with
your research needs in person at our Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane campuses, and by email or
phone. Contact details:
http://libguides.navitas.com/contact_us
Technical Support
For user guides, IT policies and technical: https://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/services-andsupport/it-acap/
The Student Learning Support (SLS) service
The SLS website (https://sls.navitas-professional.edu.au/) provides information on effective study
habits and information that will assist you to structure, format and reference an assignment
successfully. This site also provides information on a range of workshops and tutorials to support
students with study skills, academic writing and language learning. SLS Advisors offer consultations
online or in person, at our Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Byron Bay campuses.
Contact details:
https://sls.navitas-professional.edu.au/contact-us
Smarthinking
Smarthinking is an assignment review service available in many Diploma and Bachelor level units.
Check the class space for links to the Smarthinking service.
Personal Support
ACAP counsellors provide free confidential support and personalised assistance to help students to
manage their personal issues and to help develop strategies to concentrate on their studies.
Sessions are available online or in person, at our Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and
Byron Bay campuses:
https://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/services-and-support/counsellingsupport/
Administrative Support
All students have access to a dedicated Student Experience team who can assist with administration
matters. For more information:
https://www.acap.edu.au/current-students/services-andsupport/student-services/
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11. Appendix: Assessment Detail
Assessment 1

Week Due Sunday, Week 5 by 11.55pm (AEST/AEDT)*
Assessment Type Case Study – Group Report
Weighting 40%
Aligned Learning
Outcomes
a. Describe how the concept of disability is socially constructed.
b. Have a good understanding of the rights of people living with
disabilities.
c. Describe the key features of Australia’s disability support
arrangements.
d. Describe how the concepts of choice, control, and autonomy have
been translated into care arrangements in Australia.
e. Demonstrate awareness of key challenges that face social workers
in a disability care context.
f. Apply key social work theories and concepts to the lived experience
of disability.
g. Demonstrate awareness of key challenges that social workers face
in a disability care context.
Length 3000 words

*Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)/Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT).
Check your
time zone to ensure that you submit your assessment on time. If required, use a time
zone converter
.
Assessment 1 Details and Instructions
This task puts students in the shoes of a social worker working in a team environment. You will work
in groups of 5-6 and case studies will be provided to groups. It is necessary to think about how the
group would respond to the scenario. Students will need to think about the kinds of issues that would
be explored with the person with disability and the kind of approach the group would take. Groups will
create a 500-word discussion on each of six key topics covered during this unit (5 x 6 entries):
Defining conditions, impairment and disability
The social model of disability and rights-based approaches to disability
Attitudes, stereotypes and stigma
Sources of knowledge
Health/Employment/Sexuality
Creating a plan: working with and without the NDIS; a person-centred approach to
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Assessment Criteria – Case Study
1. Identification and exposition of key issues affecting the person living with disability or their
networks (5%)
2. Demonstrated understanding of the social worker’s role in the case study (5%)
3. Concepts, theories, evidence and ideas are clearly explained and linked to the lived
experience of the person with disability (10%)
4. Critical and radical social work approaches to the assessment process is supported with
academic social work literature and includes discussion of theory, the forms of required
knowledge and ethical dilemmas (10%)
5. A succinct service delivery plan that includes goals and actions is provided (5%)
6. Scholarly expression with attention to paragraph construction, grammar, punctuation, spelling
and APA 7 style referencing (5%)
How to do well in Assessment 1
Participate in all learning activities
At the conclusion of each class/activity make notes of how the key concepts are involved in
the chosen scenario
Spend time exploring websites such as the NDIS or Ask Izzy to become familiar with support
options and to develop creative responses
Work collaboratively
Implement a project management approach to the task
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Marking Criteria: Assessment 1

Criteria Outstanding Very Good Good Satisfactory Not Satisfactory
1. Identification and exposition of key issues affecting the
person living with disability or their networks
2. Demonstrated understanding of the social worker’s role
in the chosen case study
3. Concepts, theories, evidence and ideas are clearly
explained and linked to the lived experience of the
person with disability
4. The social work approach to the assessment process is
supported with academic social work literature and
includes discussion of the forms of required knowledge
and ethical dilemmas
5. A succinct service delivery plan that includes goals and
actions is provided
6. Scholarly expression with attention to paragraph
construction, grammar, punctuation, spelling and APA 7
style referencing
Total Mark: /40
Comments:

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Assessment 2

Week Due Sunday, Week 10 by 11.55pm (AEST/AEDT)*
Assessment Type Critical Reflection – Individual Submission
Weighting 60%
Aligned Learning
outcomes
e. Demonstrate awareness of key challenges that face social workers in a
disability care context.
f. Apply key social work theories and concepts to the lived experience of
disability.
Length 1500 words

*Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)/Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time (AEDT).
Check your
time zone to ensure that you submit your assessment on time. If required, use a time
zone converter
.
Assessment 2 Details and Instructions
This task is a critical reflection. Critical reflection requires students to demonstrate how an individual’s
or group’s learning and experiences relate to the theories, concepts and models studied. Students
asked to reflect on their experience of disability and other social issues, the experiences of the
subjects of the case studies explored in Assessment 1 and compare those experiences to scholarly
social work literature. This is an opportunity for students to reflect on their experiences, what has
been learnt and the knowledge and skills being developed.
Much of the content of this unit focusses on the lived experience of disability from the perspective of
people living with disability. In this task you are required to critically reflect upon your personal
experiences, thoughts, and feelings as you work your way through the content of this unit.
Assessment Criteria – Critical Reflection
1. Includes a range (at least four) points or topics of discussion that were noted in the group’s
Assessment 1 submission (20%)
2. An exploration of group work approaches in supporting people with disability
(10%)
3. Personal thoughts and experiences are clearly explained and linked to concepts, theories,
evidence and ideas in academic literature (20%)
4. Scholarly expression with attention to paragraph construction, grammar, punctuation, spelling
and APA 7 style referencing (10%)
How to do well in Assessment Task 2
Participate in all learning activities
Write a diary or journal entry at the conclusion of each class/activity.
Make note of academic literature that is relevant to your experiences and thoughts.
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Marking Criteria: Assessment 2

Criteria Outstanding Very Good Good Satisfactory Not Satisfactory
1. A minimum of four relevant points or topics of discussion
that were noted in Assessment 1 are well described
2. An exploration of group work approaches in supporting
people with disability
3. Personal thoughts and experiences are clearly explained
and linked to concepts, theories, evidence and ideas in
academic literature
4. Scholarly expression with attention to paragraph
construction, grammar, punctuation, spelling and APA 7
style referencing
Total Mark: /60
Comments:

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