Engaging Men and Fathers in Human Services: Theory and Practice

Course code HLSC6503Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Health Sciences

The course will take a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring the current research into human service delivery when working with men and fathers (biological and social). The course is suitable for a wide range of students across a variety of health and welfare disciplines including, social work, medicine and nursing and other allied health professionals. Developing male- and father-inclusive practices in a service commonly requires adjustments at the organisation, procedure, and practitioner levels. This course will focus on the theoretical background and evidence-based practices that will equip students with the knowledge and skills to effectively engage with men and father figures in human services.

Research and case studies from a range of fields of study will be used to explore different perspectives and practices in working with men and father figures. The course materials are designed to support learning which is suited to students' working environment. All students will be given an opportunity to reflect on their own ideas about being a man or woman working with men and to consider the implications of their attitudes and beliefs for their own practice. The course design also enables students to differentiate their learning to either mainstream health or working in community and welfare settings, as well as working with men as individuals and in groups.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the completion of this course students will have:
1. Explored the literature related to gender and fathering and its impact on service provision across a range of fields of study.
2. Developed an understanding of the issues concerning men and fathers pertinent to delivery of services in their field of study.
3. Developed an understanding of processes and skills required for effective practices for men and fathers in their field of study.
4. Explored practical strategies and resources for working with men and fathers relevant to their field of study.
5. Critically reflected on personal beliefs, cultural factors and professional responsibilities that impact on service provision for men and fathers.
ContentCourse content will cover the following areas:
- Research revelations - what does the data tell us about men and fathers?
- Key competencies and principles for engaging and working with men and fathers
- Critique of work place skills, knowledge and attitudes relating to men and fathers
- Strategies and tools for engaging and working with men and fathers
- Critical reflections on engaging and working with men and fathers - personal and systems based
- Case studies and models of best practice in Australia and overseas
Replacing Course(s)HLSC6104 Father Engagement: Theory and practice 10 credit points Trimester 1, 2013.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeUndergraduate degree in relevant cognate area and/or equivalent professional experience in the field.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Case StudiesCase Study (major assessment)
Other: (please specify)Postings in Blackboard Discussion Board (minor assessment)
Student ProjectsProject Plan (major assessment)
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for HLSC6503