ASW2104 Critical Social Work Theories
The assessment task builds on knowledge from the first two assessments. Your individual work will focus on critically analysing a contemporary social issue by applying a critical social work perspective to your chosen issue. The group discussion will focus on demonstrating critical reflection in action in which your group will answer together the questions provided below.
The task is designed to support your development as a future critical social worker. You are required to, Demonstrate your ability to critically reflect on complex issues in practice.
Demonstrate your understanding of CSW and the ability to apply associated principles/theories in practice Analyse how socio-political structures impact individuals' lived experience and how critical social work practices can address these impacts.
Prepare your individual critical analysis by following the instructions below.
1). Choose a contemporary social issue from the examples provided below.
2). Explain why this is a critical social work issue, and provide examples of structural and systemic abuses of power and privilege which contribute to oppression.
3). Discuss how you might work with someone affected by this issue by adopting an anti-oppressive practice approach.
How does thinking about this issue from a CSW perspective intersect with the profession's Code of Ethics (2020) and your own values.
Drawing upon your Part 1 critical analysis and the readings studied in this unit, you are required to participate in a critically reflective group discussion, where you will consider the following questions with your group members,
What did you learn about power, privilege and oppression during this Unit? What have you learnt about CSW practice? How will your new knowledge and awareness inform your future practice?
Discuss the importance of critical reflection for social workers. How do you intend to engage in this important component of practice in the future.