Working with Communities
Available in 2013
|Callaghan Campus||Semester 2|
Previously offered in 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2004
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.
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.
|Content||1. 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.
|Assumed Knowledge||At least two 1000 level courses from the Faculty of Education and Arts or equivalent from other disciplines.|
|Modes of Delivery||Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Experience Based Learning
|Contact Hours||Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
|Timetables||2013 Course Timetables for SPSW2002|