Social Issues in the Human Services

Description

This foundation course explores social issues and social problems and critically analyses government and community welfare responses. This involves analysing programs, policies and interventions which deal with contemporary social issues and includes case studies from some of the following areas: children and families, youth, disability, alcohol and drug dependency, sexuality and gender, ageing, social exclusion and marginalisation.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Be able to critically analyse the construction of social issues and social problems.

2. Explore government and community welfare responses to identified problems.

3. Understand the policy making process, how history informs current policy, the structure(s) within which policy is located, and how to participate in the policy making and social change process.

4. Develop an awareness of social, professional and personal values, how they differ across cultures, class and social contexts, and their influences on individual and community responses to issues.

5. Skills in writing academic essays, reports, tutorial presentations, research, theoretical and methodological skills.

Content

  1. Major Frameworks and competing explanations.
  2. Methods of Intervention.
  3. Social actors in social problems.
  4. The Government and corporate power.
  5. World population and global inequality.
  6. Urban problems: Social disorganisation and exclusion.
  7. Threats to the environment.
  8. Problems of inequality including poverty and wealth; race and ethnicity; gender, sexualities and sexual practices; age; the economy of work;education; families and intimate relationships; health care and medicine; crime and delinquency; substance abuse;
  9. Evaluating social programs.
  10. Strategies and tools for social change.

Assumed Knowledge

SPSW1001 Australian Welfare Policy or equivalent. This course is not available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Presentation: Individual Presentations

Contact Hours

Lecture

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

On campus students participate in lecture and tutorial. Distance Education Students participate in email discussion group and self directed learning.

Online Activity

Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Self-Directed Learning

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

Tutorial

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