This course will introduce students to key Social Work practice methodologies and provide professional skills in interpersonal communication, with a particular focus on casework and counselling skills. Using case studies, it will address the importance of understanding the geographic context, structural and other contextual and cultural factors when providing Social Work services. Using critical analysis and reflection, students will explore the values and ethics inherent in Social Work practice. The course will critique the structures that affect people's lives and consider personal problems within a social and political context. Core learning about Social Work values, including respect for, and appreciation of, diversity will be emphasised.