Progressive Human Services Practice I

Course code SPSW3413
Not available in 2015

Description

Introduces students to a fully developed model of empowering progressive welfare practice through groupwork and casework. This course assumes an analysis which constantly links the causes of personal and social problems to the problems in the socio-economic structure, rather than to inadequacies inherent in individual people or in socially disadvantaged minority groups. This course offers students the opportunity to develop skills in offering structural explanations to personal problems and explore the ramifications of such an analysis in groupwork and casework practice.

Availability

Not currently available.

Learning Outcomes

1. An understanding of structural analysis by which personal problems can be traced to causes in the socio-economic structure.

2. An ability to provide a critique of the existing social, political and economic arrangements.

3. An ability to analyze the social control functions of the welfare profession and welfare system.

4. Demonstrate an ability in offering structural explanations to personal problems and explore the ramifications of such an analysis in groupwork and casework practice.

5. A developed commitment to the goals of personal liberation and social change.

Content

The content of this course involves examining theoretically and developing applied practice methods in:

  • structural analysis whereby personal problems can be traced to causes in the socio-economic structure.
  • providing a critique of the existing social, political and economic arrangements.
  • analysing social control functions of the welfare profession and welfare system.
  • offering structural explanations to personal problems and explore the ramifications of such an analysis in group work and casework practice.

Assumed Knowledge

SPSW1401

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay

Presentation: Class presentation and written report

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term