The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


Provides an introduction to the main ideologies and theories that have shaped the welfare state in Australia. It also provides an introduction to policy and practice in social welfare provision in Australia. It aims to develop a critical understanding of the way in which social, political and economic forces have shaped the development of welfare provision in Australia. A recurring theme throughout the course is the critical analysis of inequality and structural disadvantage.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 1 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply a critical understanding of the way in which social political and economic features have shaped the development of welfare provision in Australia;

2. Apply understanding of various models of the Welfare State, the ideologies which underpin them and the conceptions of welfare that the models support

3. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of different levels of government in Australia for welfare service provision;

4. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which the welfare of individuals, groups and communities may be affected by class, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, location and age

5. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of beliefs, attitudes, and values in welfare service provision


SPSW1001 will consider four major themes:

  1. Perspectives on Welfare :an introduction to the concept of welfare and welfare service delivery, and its central values: needs, rights, equity, access, justice and disadvantage;
  2. History and Development of the Welfare State;
  3. Specific Issues such as employment/unemployment, poverty, the gendered welfare state and racial inequality;
  4. The Institutional Framework of Service Deliver

Assumed knowledge

This course is not available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work

Assessment items

Essay: Essays/Written Assignments

Presentation: Presentation - Tutorial