The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course provides a mix of supervised field placement and on-campus workshops, which integrate knowledge, values and skills relevant to students' individual areas of inquiry and career path in the Human Services. The overall agency-based component is for 12 weeks which may be completed over the semester as a block or by part-time.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of, and develop experience in, organisational structures, policies and procedures and engage in community programs.

2. Demonstrate increased understanding of social issues and problems.

3. Demonstrate increased knowledge of the range and role of government and non-government agencies in the social and community services sector.

4. Demonstrate an ability to design, implement and evaluate an appropriate agency-based project.

5. Demonstrate an ability to develop and extend understanding and analysis of the relationship between ideology, knowledge, theory, values, ethics and skills.

6. Demonstrate an increased awareness and understanding of use of self.

7. Demonstrate an ability to demonstrate initiative, autonomy and self-directed work practice.

8. Demonstrate an appreciation of, and ability to undertake team work.


The course covers:

  1. context analysis - organisation, policy, political, theoretical, philosophical aspects;
  2. project design, implementation and evaluation;
  3. fieldwork - skills, roles, responsibilities, ethical practices.

Assumed knowledge

SPSW1001, SPSW1002 and SPSW2002 or equivalent. SOCA1100, SOCS2400 or equivalent.

Assessment items

Report: Mid Placement Report

Report: Final Field Placement Report