SS3282 - Social Work and the Law

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2018/19

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to:
• analyse how law can be used as a framework of protection and oppression for both service users and social workers
• examine the legal principles, institutions and processes that underpin the Hong Kong legal system
• understand the impact of laws on social work practice in various settings such as child welfare, criminal justice, domestic violence, guardianship, mental health, and anti-discrimination
• examine social workers’ legal duties, ethics and obligations such as negligence, duty of care, confidentiality and informed consent
• develop students’ competence in handling legal issues in social work practice

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 70%
Examination: 30%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information


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