Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Online Discussion (20%) , Report (45%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as SGY310 Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy.

This unit provides an opportunity to examine the personal, sociological and policy issues associated with a range of different human service areas, including community care, child care, child protection, disability services, aged care and mental health. A starting point for these discussions is an examination of the ideas of care. Drawing on these ideals, the unit will guide you through the exciting world of research and theory on the operation of human services, and will give you firsthand experience reviewing research, evaluation, policy materials and other information on services.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the different meanings attached to the concept of care, and of changing patterns in the need for care across the life course
  2. discuss some of the characteristics of care in intimate interpersonal relationships and in contexts involving the provision of care to strangers
  3. recognise the importance of sociological and other research in the development of human services
  4. analyse and respond to policy documents with the planning, provision, regulation and funding of human services
  5. demonstrate capability to use research and contribute to the development of policy in the field.
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Report (45%)
  • Review (35%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • SGY310 — Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy

You must complete Level 1 and 2 studies in Sociology before starting this unit.

  • Broadband access — Students are required to have regular access to a computer and the internet. Mobile devices alone are not sufficient.

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Care and human services
2Understanding care: Contested Definitions and Perspectives
3Formal and informal systems of support
4Human Services as organisations
5Human services as total institutions/the state as parent: from orphanage to 'child protection'
6Deinstitutionalism and community care
7Innovations/dilemmas of community-based approaches
8Social Change, care and human service provision (1): Individualisation, risk society and the body
9Social Change, care and human service provision (2): New organisational logics and the political economy of globalised services provision
10New directions in service provision? Privatisation, contracting, integration
11Targeting, assessing and integrating services
12Engaging with policy: the future of human services

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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