Reflection and application of social work theory to course content
Individual written assessment item 1: Reflections and application of theory to course content
Word length: 1600 words
We understand the term “context” to describe the situations and settings that define, develop, enhance and /or limit experience and opportunity. Across our lifespan we constantly move through a variety of contexts, each shaping us and being shaped by us. Contexts can include interpersonal relationships and/or physical settings. The multiple contexts in and through which children develop and families function are “interrelated, responsive and dynamic, embedded within wider social, economic and political contexts” (Zubrick et al, 2005, p.165).
The task for assessment item 1 requires you to first reflect on your own upbringing and development, and then consider how someone from a different background and context may experience the course content. You need to explore how this difference may influence someone’s experience of (i) the course content and (ii) their capacity to engage with group processes. The person is this scenario is purely fictional.
You do not need to discuss or include your own developmental history, but you need to articulate the difference you have focused on. This discussion should be informed and guided by both an ecological and structural perspective – and can include differences in; the context of individual experiences, familial and community influences, and structural forces that may be likely to shape or impact someone’s ability to approach the course content. Structural forces can include elements such as gender, ethnicity, education, resources, culture, and politics.
As you are not writing about your own experience this assignment should be written in third person.
Criteria for assessment
1. Demonstrated understanding of ecological systems theory
2. Demonstrated understanding of structural theory
3. Critical reflection on how developmental experiences and social structures can impact how someone relates to the course content
4. Professional writing, grammar, spelling, and presentation; and correct referencing style
Assignments demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of ecological systems theory, key contributors to this theory, presents a nuanced perspective of critiques of this theory, and demonstrates how to apply this theory to context.
Assignments demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of structural theory, key contributors to this theory, presents a nuanced perspective of critiques of this theory, and demonstrates how to apply this theory to context.
A sophisticated level of critical analysis about how developmental experiences and social structures can impact how someone relates to the course content
Assignment has excellent professional structure making it easy to read, with no issues with spelling and/or, grammar and/ or referencing* (note references do not count towards word count).