Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The course will take a multi-disciplinary approach to exploring the current research into human service delivery when working with men and fathers (biological and social). The course is suitable for a wide range of students across a variety of health and welfare disciplines including, social work, medicine and nursing and other allied health professionals. Developing male-and father-inclusive practices in a service commonly requires adjustments at the organisation, procedure, and practitioner levels. This course will focus on the theoretical background and evidence-based practices that will equip students with the knowledge and skills to effectively engage with men and father figures in human services.

Research and case studies from a range of fields of study will be used to explore different perspectives and practices in working with men and father figures. The course materials are designed to support learning which is suited to students' working environment. All students will be given an opportunity to reflect on their own ideas about being a man or woman working with men and to consider the implications of their attitudes and beliefs for their own practice. The course design also enables students to differentiate their learning to either mainstream health or working in community and welfare settings, as well as working with men as individuals and in groups.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2016.

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): HLSC6104. Students who have successfully completed HLSC6104 are not eligible to enrol in HLSC6503.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Review the literature related to gender and fathering and its impact on service provision across a range of fields of study.

2. Construct an understanding of the issues concerning men and fathers pertinent to delivery of services in their field of study.

3. Differentiate the processes and skills required for effective practices for men and fathers in their field of study.

4. Generate practical strategies and resources for working with men and fathers relevant to their field of study.

5. Critically reflect on personal beliefs, cultural factors and professional responsibilities that impact on service provision for men and fathers.


Course content will cover the following areas:

  • Research revelations - what does the data tell us about men and fathers?
  • Key competencies and principles for engaging and working with men and fathers
  • Critique of work place skills, knowledge and attitudes relating to men and fathers
  • Strategies and tools for engaging and working with men and fathers
  • Critical reflections on engaging and working with men and fathers - personal and systems based
  • Case studies and models of best practice in Australia and overseas


This course replaces HLSC6104. If you have successfully completed HLSC6104 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree in relevant cognate area and/or equivalent professional experience in the field.

Assessment items

Report: Report

Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activity

Proposal / Plan: Proposal / Plan