Human Services and Community Welfare Practicum

Course code SPSW3015Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course provides a mix of supervised field placement and on-campus workshops, which integrate knowledge, values and skills relevant to students' individual areas of inquiry and career path in the Human Services. The overall agency-based component is for 12 weeks which may be completed over the semester as a block or by part-time.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
OurimbahSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
ObjectivesOn completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate:
1. An understanding of, and experience in, organisational structures,policies and procedures and community programs.
2. Increased understanding of social issues and problems.
3. Increased knowledge of the range and role of government and non-government agencies in the social and community services sector.
4. An ability to design, implement and evaluate an appropriate agency-based project.
5. An ability to develop and extend understanding and analysis of the relationship between ideology, knowledge, theory, values, ethics and skills.
6. Increased awareness and understanding of use of self.
7. An ability to demonstrate initiative, autonomy and self-directed work practice.
8. An appreciation of, and ability to undertake team work.
ContentThe course covers:
1. context analysis - organisation, policy, political, theoretical, philosophical aspects;
2. project design, implementation and evaluation;
3. fieldwork - skills, roles, responsibilities, ethical practices.
Replacing Course(s)NA
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSPSW1001, SPSW1002 and SPSW2002 or equivalent.
SOCA1100, SOCS2400 or equivalent.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsMid Placement Report, 1,500 words, due mid semester.
Essays / Written AssignmentsFinal Field Placement Report, 2,500 words, due end of semester.
Contact HoursProblem Based Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Seminar: for 4 hour(s) per Fortnight for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SPSW3015