Introduction to Human Services and Community Welfare


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.



  • Semester 1 - 2015


  • Semester 1 - 2015

On-Line from Callaghan

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

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:

  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 Deliver

Assumed Knowledge

This course is not available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work

Assessment Items

Essay: Essays/Written Assignments

Presentation: Presentation - Tutorial

Contact Hours

Ourimbah and Callaghan


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

On campus students participate in lecture and tutorial. Online students participate in email discussion and self directed learning.


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term