Introduction to Human Services and Community Welfare

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Human Services and Community Welfare

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Social Policy, Social Work

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Provides an introduction to the main ideologies and theories that have shaped the welfare state in Australia. It also provides an introduction to policy and practice in social welfare provision in Australia. It aims to develop a critical understanding of the way in which social, political and economic forces have shaped the development of welfare provision in Australia. A recurring theme throughout the course is the critical analysis of inequality and structural disadvantage.
    1. A critical understanding of the way in which social political and economic features have shaped the development of welfare provision in Australia;
    2. An understanding of various models of the Welfare State, the ideologies which underpin them and the conceptions of welfare that the models support
    3. An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different levels of government in Australia for welfare service provision;
    4. An understanding of the ways in which the welfare of individuals, groups and communities may be affected by class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, location and age
    5. An understanding of the role of beliefs, attitudes, and values in welfare service provision
    SPSW1001 will consider four major themes:
    • Perspectives on Welfare :an introduction to the concept of welfare and welfare service delivery, and its central values: needs, rights, equity, access, justice and disadvantage;
    • History and Development of the Welfare State;
    • Specific Issues such as employment/unemployment, poverty, the gendered welfare state and racial inequality;
    • The Institutional Framework of Service Deliver
    Essay: Essays/Written Assignments
    Presentation: Presentation - Tutorial

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.