Progressive Counselling: Human Services Policy and Programs

Course code SPSW3001Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course challenges students to apply theory to a critique of contemporary social policy and interventions targeting individuals, families, groups, communities and organisations. Through examining case studies and policy debates students engage with assessing policy and practice issues, devise strategies and practical tools to enter into policy debates, and participate in policy development. Emphasis is placed on influencing policy and programs.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThrough this course students will be able to demonstrate:

1. A critical understanding of the theoretical frameworks and dominant discourses underpinning the contemporary human services.

2. A comprehension of the differing levels of social intervention and targets of change.

3. An understanding of the interconnection of structural inequalities as well as the interconnection between levels of practice.

4. An ability to evaluate the efficacy of differing social policies and programs.

5. A commitment to ethical practice and the promotion of social justice.

6. An ability to engage in social change both at community and organisational level.
Content1. Issues and trends in contemporary policy and practice approaches.
2. Debates about social goals.
3. Professional challenges and ethical. Considerations relating to policy and practice dilemmas.
4. Micro level intervention or programs targeting individuals.
5. Mezzo level intervention or programs targeting families and groups.
6. Macro level or community-based interventions.
7. Organisations as the medium of service delivery and the effects of organisational policy on broader policy implementation.
8. Understanding and participating in social policy making processes.
9. Approaches to policy and program development including an understanding of power issues, transformative strategies to deal with resistance to and promote social change, and anti-discriminatory practice and emancipatory political action.
Replacing Course(s)SPSW 3060 (Social Welfare Project)
TransitionThere will be no disadvantage caused for any students with the removal of SPSW3060. Students who fail to complete the existing course will be accommodated in available courses.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPSW 1001, SPSW 1002 or equivalent
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsExperience Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments2,500 words, due end of semester, worth 60%.
Presentations - Individualincluding discussion paper, 2,000 words, due mid semester, worth 40%.
Contact HoursWorkshop: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SPSW3001