Details for Culturally and Socially Diverse Practice

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: SSC335
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Rebecca Loundar


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Culturally and Socially Diverse Practice

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content


  1. Demonstrate respect for the differences, richness in knowledge and skills of individuals and empathy for the language and worldview barriers that inhibit the well- being experienced by many people in the Australian community and construct strategies to redress those issues;
  2. Investigate settlement and support services for culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities and profile key organisations that support cross-cultural groups;
  3. Develop the skills to counter potential adverse organisational or structural factors in a culturally sensitive and safe way;
  4. Apply advanced self- awareness of their cultural identity to enhance effective professional practice including the development of strategies to work with family/community leaders, employing translation/bi- cultural services.

Subject Content

  • Briefly revisit: culture; worldviews; emotions; development; cultural universals and differences; identity; individualism and collectivism
  • Principles of intercultural communication
  • Effects of cultural factors on perceptions, explanations, interpretations, assessment, expectations, communication and outcomes of counselling
  • Intercultural differences in non-verbal behaviours and their significance
  • Language, culture and professional relationships
  • Evaluation of effectiveness in Intercultural practice
  • Ethical issues in cross cultural work

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Onsite (face-to-face)
  • Online (eLearning)
  • Intensives
  • Extensives

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis University College.

Assessment Methods

  • Settlement and Support Paper (25%)
  • Major Essay (50%)
  • Role Play Facilitation (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • Sue, Derald Wing. 2006. Multicultural Social Work Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, NJ.

Please consult your instructor prior to purchasing any textbooks.