Current Developments in Human Service Delivery

Course code SWRK6300Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course examines current trends in the delivery of human services within their broader political, economic, social and historical contexts. The course incorporates both critical analysis and practical application in relation to topics such as competitive tendering, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise, partnership development, business social investment, community engagement and other emerging themes.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2005, 2004
Objectives1. students will develop the capacity to critically analyse trends in human service structure and organisation in terms of their social, political and historical contexts.
2. students will gain an understanding of the theory and practice relating to a range of contemporary developments in human services organisation and delivery.
3. students will explore in depth an area of choice in relation to contemporary developments in human services organisation and delivery.
Content1. Theories of welfare.
2. Transformation of the welfare state.
3. Current trends in service organisation and delivery - for example:
- Competitive tendering
- Social entrepreneurship and social enterprise
- Business social investment
- Community engagement
- Partnership development
4. Value and ethical questions in service organisation and delivery.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeRelevant undergraduate degree.
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : Paper Based
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsDiscussion paper; 2,000 words; 40%.
Essays / Written AssignmentsCase Study; 3,000 words; 60%.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term