Working in Human Service Organisations

Course code SPSW1401Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course provides a critical analysis of organisational functioning, power within organisations and ideological effects on workers. The course also introduces students to building their interpersonal communication skills necessary to work within the helping professions.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
ObjectivesAfter the successful completion of this course students should be able to;
. Identify dominant organisational paradigms and critique these in terms of their impact on disempowered service users
. Function effectively and assertively as an empowering human service worker and relate openly to co-workers and managers
. Display skills that will assist in job seeking, career management and stress reduction
Content. Postmodern analysis and power in organisations
. Policies and procedures
. Organisational culture
. Interpersonal skills for empowerment
. Verbal and nonverbal communication
. Understanding and managing interpersonal relationships
Replacing Course(s)HUMA3409 Working in Human Service Organisations
HUMA1401 Working in Human Service Organisations
TransitionN/A
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeN/A
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMinor Essay: due week after tutorial presentation 20% 1,500 words
Examination: FormalEnd of Semester Exam: 40%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionTutorial Participation and attendance 10%

(Based upon evidence of completion of assigned tasks, informed discussion of weekly topics, and ability to present opinions relevant to critical analysis of the readings set for each week.)
Presentations - GroupGroup Presentation: due end of semester 20%
Presentations - TutorialTutorial Presentation due throughout semester 10% 500 words
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term