Poverty and Social Exclusion (SCWK5009)


Poverty and Social Exclusion highlights key contextual, theoretical and practice issues for social work. This unit introduces the historical and contemporary role of social work in assessing and addressing poverty, inequality and social disadvantage. Students will be introduced to theories of social justice, the welfare state, social policy development and social change. The unit also provides knowledge about key groups in Australian society who are most affected by poverty and social exclusion, such as indigenous Australians, unemployed people, young people who are disconnected from family, people with disabilities, low income families, migrants and refugees and older people. Students will engage critically with policy and practice responses to poverty and social exclusion and local, national and global levels.

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1x3hr seminar/wk


case study (30%) and essay (40%) and group presentation (30%)

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.