Introduction to Human Services and Community Welfare

Course code SPSW1001Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
On-Line from CallaghanSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesSPSW 1001 seeks to develop:

A critical understanding of the way in which social political and economic features have shaped the development of welfare provision in Australia;

An understanding of various models of the Welfare State, the ideologies which underpin them and the conceptions of welfare that the models support;

An understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different levels of government in Australia for welfare service provision;

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.

An understanding of the role of beliefs, attitudes, and values in welfare service provision
ContentSPSW1001 will consider four major themes:

1. 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;

2. History and Development of the Welfare State;

3. Specific Issues such as employment/unemployment, poverty, the gendered welfare state and racial inequality;

4. The Institutional Framework of Service Delivery.
Replacing Course(s)SPSW1010
TransitionThere will be no disadvantage caused for any students in the transition to this course. Students who fail to complete the existing course will be accommodated in available learning units.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeThis course is not available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Lecture
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 1: 1500 words, due mid-semester, worth 30%.
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay 2: 2000 words, due week 14, worth 40%.
Presentations - TutorialTutorial presentation: worth 30% (At Callaghan, this will involve a report and debate on media images of welfare issues).
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Self Directed Learning: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is not available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SPSW1001