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Queensland University of Technology
Social Work

rd 3 Lecture Systems Theory Stability Balance  Complex of elements or components directly or indirectly related in a casual network  Policed by people within system e.g. migrants to Australia  Jargons e.g. Biology, Computer  E.g. member of…family, school, church, company, gender group Key Concepts Boundaries [may overlap] -Close Systems e.g. friend groups in school, families (concern), policed on outside/ norms e.g. motorbike gang [out of law] -Open Systems [in/out] Input -Resources that make the system work e.g. physical, human, financial e.g. lecturers in SWB 102 -Can have imbalanced resources e.g. good parenting with poverty [no $$$$]; Throughput (Foundational influences: learning from the past) -Attendance and results Output E.g. Results, Outcomes, Effectiveness -can’t control, evaluate every single variablehard to evaluate effectiveness Feedback -constantly required in Social Workkeep purpose, working on track Power/Authority -formal/ informal; positive/ negative -excise the power e.g. position, experiences, roles Balance/ Equilibrium -tendency of systems to maintain themselves in some sort of balance; in the same time, moving forwards towardstheir goals -Homeostasis (keeping systems in balance) – seeking to achieve sameness/ balance Word “Homeostasis” can be used broadly Ecological Systems Theory Microsystem: Two-way interaction e.g. child and parents Mesosystem: connections between different systems e.g. child’s teacherparents Exosystem: indirect influences e.g. working hours of parents to children Macrosystem: may not have direct contact but it directly affects you e.g. QUT student fees/ timetables/ lecturers Cultural system: beliefs, norms, traditions, government E.g. Dominated Norms in Australia E.g. educated, male, married, Christian Chronosystem: Time, life stage e.g. child reactions when parents’ divorce (Bronfenbrenner. See Berk 2000) Development is Multi-dimensional. Chaos/ Complex
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