The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

Course handbook


The course will take a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring the current research into human service delivery to men and boys. The course is suitable for a wide range of students across a variety of disciplines including education, social work, medicine and allied health. Research and case studies from a range of fields of study will explore different perspectives and practices in working with men and boys. Students will use this information to examine current practices in the students' particular field of study. Students will be exposed to a range of practices shown to be effective in improving service delivery in human services to men and boys. Students will reflect on their own ideas about being a man or woman working with men and boys and the implications for their own future practices.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2020

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Reflect on and critically analyse their own professional attitudes to men and boys

2. Articulate a biopsychosocial understanding of male behaviours

3. Critically analyse their professional settings in terms of male engagement

4. Identify when a service or program is not inclusive of men or boys

5. Formulate strategies including personal interaction strategies for improving service delivery to men and boys to improve their health, education and social outcomes


Course content will cover the following areas:

  1. Research revelations - what does the data tell us about men and boys?
  2. Key competencies and principles for working with men and boys
  3. What happens in the work place - skills, knowledge and attitudes relating to men and boys
  4. Case studies and models of best practice in Australia and overseas
  5. Investigation of specific areas of human service provision community, schools and health
  6. Critical reflections on working with men and boys personal and systems based

Assessment items

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study / Problem Based Learning

Contact hours


Self-Directed Learning

Self-Directed 10 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Including online learning activities, discussion and assessment.