CONTEMPORARY HUMAN SERVICES

SWP1CHS

2018

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject examines the various contexts in which contemporary social work and human services practice takes place. Students will begin to develop their understanding of the social work profession, including its values, ethics and practice approaches. They will do so through examining the various 'fields of practice' in which social workers operate, including the types of organisations, programs and policies which comprise these. In broadening their knowledge beyond these immediate fields of practice, students will explore the development of the welfare state and build their understanding of the key political, social, economic and global forces which have shaped the contemporary practice context and which will continue to influence human services and the social work profession into the future.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDarran Stonehouse

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 1 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsEngaging with Social Work: A Critical IntroductionRecommendedMorley, C., Macfarlane, S. and Ablett, P. (2014).Cambridge University Press
ReadingsThe Road to Social Work and Human Services Practice 3rd ed.RecommendedChenoweth, L. & McAuliffe, D. (2014)Cengage Learning
ReadingsAustralian Social Policy and the Human ServicesRecommendedCarson, E. and Kerr, L. (2014)Cambridge University Press

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Explore how professional values and ethics can guide contemporary human services and social work practice

Activities:
Online learning resources and in-class workshop activities. Online quizzes and major essay

02. Identify the various contexts (professional, practice, organisational, political, social, economic and global) in which contemporary human services/social work practice takes place

Activities:
Online learning resources and in-class workshop activities. Online quizzes; minor and major essays

03. Describe a specific field of practice in human services/social work, including types of organisations, policies, programs and relevant practice issues, challenges and opportunities

Activities:
Online learning resources and in-class workshop activities. Minor essay

04. Examine the development of the Australian Welfare State and describe the key changes that have occurred in recent decades and their impacts of human services/social work practice

Activities:
Online learning resources and in-class workshop activities. Online quizzes; major essay

05. Examine the political context of contemporary human services/social work practice, including identifying the key features of the Australian system of government and describing the influence of political ideologies

Activities:
Online learning resources and in-class workshop activities. Online quizzes; major essay

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarran Stonehouse

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 31 - 42
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via online.
"10 x 1-hour directed reading and online learning packages (weeks 31-34, 36-39 and 41-42)."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"12 x 2-hour workshops (weeks 31-43)"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1250 word individual written assignment.30 02, 03
One 2000 word individual written assignment45 01, 02, 04, 05
10 online quizzes (2.5 marks per quiz) in weeks 1-4 and 6-11 (equivalent to 500 words total)25 02, 04, 05

Bendigo, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorFiona Gardner

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 31 - 42
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via online.
"10 x 1-hour directed reading and online learning packages (weeks 31-34, 36-39 and 41-42)."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"12 x 2-hour workshops (weeks 31-43)"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1250 word individual written assignment.30 02, 03
One 2000 word individual written assignment45 01, 02, 04, 05
10 online quizzes (2.5 marks per quiz) in weeks 1-4 and 6-11 (equivalent to 500 words total)25 02, 04, 05

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorMaureen Long

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"12 x 2-hour workshops (weeks 31-43)"

Directed Reading Week: 31 - 42
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via online.
"10 x 1-hour directed reading and online learning packages (weeks 31-34, 36-39 and 41-42)."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1250 word individual written assignment.30 02, 03
One 2000 word individual written assignment45 01, 02, 04, 05
10 online quizzes (2.5 marks per quiz) in weeks 1-4 and 6-11 (equivalent to 500 words total)25 02, 04, 05

Mildura, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarran Stonehouse

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 31 - 42
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via online.
"10 x 1-hour directed reading and online learning packages (weeks 31-34, 36-39 and 41-42)."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"12 x 2-hour workshops (weeks 31-43)"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1250 word individual written assignment.30 02, 03
One 2000 word individual written assignment45 01, 02, 04, 05
10 online quizzes (2.5 marks per quiz) in weeks 1-4 and 6-11 (equivalent to 500 words total)25 02, 04, 05

Shepparton, 2018, Semester 2, Blended

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarran Stonehouse

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 31 - 42
One 1.0 hours directed reading per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 31 to week 42 and delivered via online.
"10 x 1-hour directed reading and online learning packages (weeks 31-34, 36-39 and 41-42)."

WorkShop Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"12 x 2-hour workshops (weeks 31-43)"

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 1250 word individual written assignment.30 02, 03
One 2000 word individual written assignment45 01, 02, 04, 05
10 online quizzes (2.5 marks per quiz) in weeks 1-4 and 6-11 (equivalent to 500 words total)25 02, 04, 05