Introduction to Human Services and Community Welfare
University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Social Policy, Social Work
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
OverviewProvides 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.LEARNING OUTCOMES1. 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 support3. 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 age5. An understanding of the role of beliefs, attitudes, and values in welfare service provisionCONTENTSPSW1001 will consider four major themes:
ASSESSMENT ITEMSEssay: Essays/Written AssignmentsPresentation: Presentation - Tutorial
- 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
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.