Cruise Family Case Study. 

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  1. Read the Cruise Family Case Study.
  1. You will apply two theories to the case study.
  2. Select Empowerment, AOP or Feminism.
  3. Select post-structuralism, solution based, or strengths.
  4. Review the literature on your chosen theory. (You must be clear that you understand the theory you are applying).
  5. Draft an analysis of the case study from the perspective of the two theories you have selected.
  6. Your analysis should include the following:
    1. An overview of the theory that you have selected.
      1. The main argument presented by that theory.
      2. An explanation of why you selected the specific theory that you did, why do you think it is helpful in understanding the family?
      3. Identification of two key principles derived from each of the theories you have chosen, that is, you will name four in total.
    2. Analysis of the case study.
      1. Apply the four key principles from the two theories you have identified above to an aspect of the Cruise family, that is, two from one theory, two from the other theory. Four points of application are therefore demonstrated.
    3. Specifically, you should use the four principles you have identified to inform your interpretations and/or practice with the Cruise family.
    4. Different theories give you different focuses, outcomes, perspectives that inform a social workers practice. Write a concluding paragraph reflecting on the five theories you applied throughout this Topic to the Cruise family. What did they show you as a social worker? What did you learn about application of theory through examination of the same case study through different theories?
    5. Reference List.

The Analysis can be written in the first person because you are presenting a reflection on how theory has informed your thinking or interpretation’s. However, because this work is drawing on social work theoretical knowledge it needs to be referenced. This is an academic piece of work and so it is important to access and use the social work literature that has been recommended in this Topic and beyond. Your work must be referenced as this is what changes your piece from a simple personal opinion piece into a professional evidence based opinion. To transition from personal opinion to professional you need to support your argument with the professional opinion of others through referencing. As a guide you should be looking to use 1 unique reference for every 100 – 150 words you write. With this in mind a 2500 word piece should be supported by around 16 references. Remember this is a guide and this means you may present more evidence or less depending upon the complexity of the piece that you are writing. The amount of evidence you choose to use to support your assertions and evaluation is an aspect of your professional judgement and will be evaluated by the markers.

Case Study Application Two will be marked using the following rubrics.

Criteria High Distinction

 

Distinction

 

Credit

 

Pass

 

Fail

 

Articulation of the theory.

 

A highly articulate, concise, & advanced summary. A highly articulate summary. A sound articulation and summary. An adequate articulation and summary. No demonstration of articulation and summary.
Rationale for selecting the theory. Compelling, high level of thought, knowledge & reflection. High level of thought, knowledge and reflection. A sound level of thought, and reflection. An adequate level of thought and reflection. No thought and reflection.
Extracting and naming two principles of the theory. Accurate and high comprehension of four core ideas within theory. Accurate and good comprehension of four core ideas within theory. Accurate and sound articulation of four core ideas within theory. Accurate and adequate articulation of some core ideas within theory No articulation of core ideas within theory.
Making conceptual links between the theories and details presented in the case study. A high level of proficiency at providing a logical, clear, discussion of details in the case study using core ideas extracted from selected theories.

 

Logical, clear, discussion of details in the case study using core ideas extracted from selected theories.

 

A sound discussion of details in the case study using core ideas extracted from selected theories.

 

Some discussion of details in the case study using core ideas extracted from selected theories.

 

No discussion of details in the case study using core ideas extracted from selected theories.

 

Use of literature to form application and interpretations. All applications & interpretations are justified using references. Considerable additional research and referencing. All applications & interpretations are justified using references. Most applications & interpretations are justified using references. Some     applications & interpretations are justified using references No or very limited use of references.
Reflection. Compelling, creative, original thought about application of theory in practice. Advanced thought about application of theory in practice. Sound thought about application of theory in practice. Some thought about application of theory in practice. No thought about application of theory in practice.
Referencing and written presentation. Comprehensive introduction and conclusion. Relevant, updated and extensive referencing to support application. Fluent and precise writing. Comprehensive introduction and conclusion. Relevant, updated referencing to support application. Fluent and precise writing Sound introduction and conclusion. Relevant, updated referencing to support application. Good writing. Adequate introduction and conclusion. Relevant, updated referencing to support application. Writing is comprehensible No clear structure in the paper. Minimal or no referencing on arguments. Incomprehensible writing
Summary comments and Total Grade.

 

 

Academic integrity

The University regards academic dishonesty as a very serious matter and imposes strict penalties on students who are found to be guilty of an offence under the terms of University policy in this area. The University’s policies and procedures website on academic integrity states the following:

“All students and staff have an obligation to understand and respect the rules and practice of academic integrity. It is therefore expected that students and staff will adhere to high standards of academic integrity. The University will provide resources to assist students and staff to be aware of their responsibilities. It is expected that academic staff will provide appropriate guidance, support and feedback to assist students to become familiar with the normal academic conventions relevant to their discipline. Academic integrity means that all work which is presented is produced by the student alone, with all sources and collaboration fully acknowledged. Any failure to meet the requirements of academic integrity in any form of academic work will be regarded as a breach of the requirements of academic integrity and, depending on the circumstances and the nature of the breach, consequences including penalties may be expected to follow. Breaches of academic integrity may include plagiarism, collusion, fabrication, falsification, double submission of work and misconduct in examinations.”

It is the obligation of all students to understand and respect the principles that underpin academic integrity and to avoid practices that involve academic dishonesty. Further information for students about academic integrity can be accessed at http://www.flinders.edu.au/aims/. Students also are encouraged to look at the link to “Academic Integrity at Flinders” in their topic listings on FLO (Flinders Learning Online).

Explanation of Grades:

85–100 High Distinction

75–84 Distinction

65–74 Credit

55–64 Pass 1

50-54 Pass 2

0–49 Fail

High Distinction (HD)—The grade will be awarded where there is evidence that a student has undertaken the required core work for the topic at a high level and considerable additional work in wider areas relevant to the topic, has demonstrated the acquisition of an advanced level of knowledge/ understanding/ competencies/ skills required for meeting topic objectives and passing the range of topic elements at the highest level. The student would normally have attained an in-depth knowledge of matter contained in set texts or reading materials and undertaken extensive wider reading beyond that which is required or expected. The student would have consistently demonstrated a high level of proficiency at applying a range of major academic debates, approaches, methodologies and conceptual tools and combining a knowledge of the subject matter of the topic with original and creative thinking. The grade will be awarded in recognition of the highest level of academic achievement expected of a student at a given topic level. A score in the range of 85–100 will be awarded.

Distinction (DN)—The grade will be awarded where there is evidence that a student has undertaken all of the required core work for the topic at a high level and considerable additional work in wider areas relevant to the topic, has demonstrated advanced knowledge/understanding/competencies/skills required for meeting topic objectives and completing assessment exercises at a high standard. The student would normally have attained an advanced knowledge of matter beyond that contained in set texts or reading materials and have done considerable wider reading, and have demonstrated a broad familiarity with and facility at applying a range of major academic debates, approaches, methodologies and conceptual tools. The grade should reflect very high quality work which shows the student generally works at a level which is beyond the requirements of the assessment exercise and is developing a capacity for original and creative thinking. A score in the range of 75–84 will be awarded.

Credit (CR)—The grade will be awarded where there is evidence that a student has undertaken all of the required core work for the topic and additional work in wider areas relevant to the topic, and has demonstrated a sound level of knowledge/understanding/competencies/skills required for meeting topic objectives and completing assessment exercises at a proficient standard. The student would normally have attained a sound knowledge of matter contained in set texts or reading materials and have done wider reading, and demonstrated familiarity with and the ability to apply a range of major academic debates, approaches, methodologies and conceptual tools. Students should have a reasonable opportunity of reaching this grade provided they have completed all course requirements, demonstrated proficiency in the full range of course objectives and shown considerable evidence of a sound capacity to work with the range of relevant subject matter. A score in the range of 65–74 will be awarded.

Pass (P)—The grade will be awarded where there is evidence that a student has undertaken the required core work for the topic and has demonstrated at least an adequate level of knowledge/understanding/ competencies/skills required for meeting topic objectives and satisfactorily completing essential assessment exercises. The student would normally have attained an adequate knowledge of matter contained in set texts or reading materials, and demonstrated familiarity with major academic debates, approaches, methodologies and conceptual tools. A score in the range of 50–54 and 55- 64 will be awarded to show indication of this range. Pass is the highest grade which can be achieved in a supplementary assessment granted on academic grounds.

Fail (F)—The grade will be awarded if a student is unable to demonstrate satisfactory academic performance in a topic or has failed to complete essential topic elements or required assessment tasks at an acceptable level, in accordance with topic objectives. A score in the range of 0–49 will be awarded.

Assignment Presentation and Submission

It is essential that your written assignments be presented in a neat, organised, legible format. Assignments are to be typed.

All assignments should be submitted through FLO. 

Referencing

Note that any key ideas that are not your own should be referenced, and wording taken exactly from sources must be identified and cited as quotes. Please refer to the university’s policy on Academic Integrity and the FLO site about academic integrity http://flo.flinders.edu.au/course/view.php?id=104

While there are various referencing systems, the most common and recommended one is the Harvard or APA.

FLO (Flinders Learning Online)

There is a website for this Topic on FLO. All students enrolled in the topic will have access to this web material. The FLO site will include:

  • The Topic Guide and Statement of Assessment Methods
  • Periodic messages related to the Topic
  • Lecture notes and handouts
  • Video recordings of lectures
  • Workshop activities
  • Weekly readings.

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