Social Issues in the Human Services

Course code SPSW1002Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
Objectives1. 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.
Content1. 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.
Replacing Course(s)SPSW1020
TransitionIf students have successfully completed SPSW1020 they can not enrol in SPSW1002.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPSW1001 Australian Welfare Policy or equivalent.
This course is not available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Lecture
Experience Based Learning
Self Directed Learning
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsOn campus and distance education students: Essay (2500 words) 60%.
Essays / Written AssignmentsDistance Ed students only: Minor Assignment (1500 words) 40%
Other: (please specify)On campus students: Group Tasks. These will be non graded assessment items (satisfactory/unsatisfactory result.) Students must successfully complete these assessment items to pass the course. Students will be given advice and assistance to meet the criteria for these tasks as published in the course outline.
Other: (please specify)Distance Education students: Contribution to Discussion Grtoup on the course Blackboard site. These will be non graded assessment items (satisfactory/unsatisfactory result). Students must successfully complete these assessment items to pass the course.
Presentations - IndividualOn campus students: Individual Seminar Presentation (1500 words) 40%.
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
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPSW1002