Working with Communities

Course code SPSW2002Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

Explores the community development approaches to social issues and social problems predominantly within Australia that includes case study analysis of: unintended effects of social policy & planning, community disadvantage, social fragmentation, social isolation, environmental impacts, child and family crisis, homelessness, delinquency, substance abuse, violence, unemployment-underemployment, social health and disorder, and community issues within Aboriginal society. Community development is explored as an empowering strategic and is grounded in the notion that people with common experiences, issues or problems, can gain some control over their lives through collective action. Explores the social construction of social issues and social problems, and critically analyses government and non-government programmes and interventions seeking to address social issues and problems. The course also examines the role and structure of the social and community services industry. The course contributes to the development of analytical and creative abilities directed towards making significant, original contributions to social policy and social change. The course is experienced-based and relies on student participation and active involvement in the exploration of theoretical ideas as applied to scenarios through group tasks and experiential learning activities. Additional independent research is expected of the student.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents will:
1. Critically examine contemporary social issues and the processes involved with the social construction of social issues as social problems.
2. Development an understanding of concepts of social justice and equity, inequality and power.
3. Critically analyse the philosophy, values, and models of intervention inherent in specific welfare programmes including Aboriginal policy within Australia.
4. Analyse the structure, roles and responsibilities of the social and community services industry.
5. Apply learning to a specific scenario.
Content1. Social construction of social issues and social problems - for example homelessness, child abuse, unemployment, disability.
2. Concepts of social justice, equity, inequality and power.
3. Theory and welfare work - discipline theory (sociology, psychology), and practice theory.
4. Philosophy values and ideologies in welfare - personal, professional, social, and political.
5. Models and levels of welfare intervention and service delivery - individual, group, community, global.
6. Structure roles and responsibility of the social and community services sector.
Replacing Course(s)SPSW1020
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeAt least two 1000 level courses from the Faculty of Education and Arts or equivalent from other disciplines.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Experience Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMajor assignment, 3500 words, due end of week 13, worth 60%.
Presentations - IndividualIndividual answering of 10 out of 13 pre-set weekly tutorial questions worth a maximum of 4 marks per week based on the weeks readings, worth 40%.
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPSW2002