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 to men and boys. The course is suitable for postgraduate students from a variety of disciplines including education, social work, medicine and allied health. 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 boys. Students will use this information to examine a range of practices shown to be effective in improving service delivery in human services to men and boys and will critically consider current practices in their particular field of study. 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. A short research-based project in their particular field of study will be undertaken as part of the assessment tasks.


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

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

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

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

3. Developed an understanding of processes and skills required for effective practices for men and boys in their field of study

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

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

6. Undertaken a small research project that explores service delivery to men and boys within their field of study


Course content will cover the following areas:

  • Research revelations - what does the data tell us about men, fathers and boys?
  • Critique of work place skills; knowledge and attitudes relating to men, fathers and boys
  • Key competencies and principles for working with men, fathers and boys
  • Cross-cultural perspective in working with men, fathers and boys.
  • Investigation of specific areas of human service provision - community, schools and health
  • Critical reflections on working with men, fathers and boys - personal and systems based
  • Case studies and models of best practice in Australia and overseas

Assumed knowledge

Undergraduate degree in the social sciences and experience in human service provision.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 1

Written Assignment: Written Assignment 2

Participation: Online postings, participation and contributions