Social Care and Human Services - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Analysis Task - Policy Analysis (40%) , Online Discussion (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 2,250.00
International 2,500.00

This unit was previously known as SGY886 Social Care and Human Services.

This unit examines responses to changing concepts of human need for support. Drawing on applied research and a range of theoretical frameworks it examines studies of care and the delivery of human services in Australia and comparable countries. Students will be introduced to a range of human service types and models and review developments in policy, organisation and funding through the application of a number of different theories and methods. It seeks to develop research skills relevant to researchers, administrators, service professionals or policy makers in the human services field.

At the completion of this unit students will:

  1. understand various theoretical accounts of the range of human service types and models
  2. reflect upon developments in policy, organisation and funding through the application of a number of different theories and methodologies
  3. become competent in the elaboration of applied policy analysis perspectives and skills relevant to researchers, administrators and service professionals in the development and reform of human services.
  • Analysis Task — Policy Analysis (40%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Paper — Site visit (10%)
  • Review — Research Review (30%)

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:

  • SGY886 — Social Care and Human Services (Previously SGY386)
  • 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.

1Introduction: care and human services;
2Understanding care: contested definitions and perspectives;
3Formal and informal systems of support;
4Human services as organisations;
5Human services as total institutions;
6Alternative Perspectives on the Organisation of Human Services;
7The State as Parent: from orphanages to 'child protection';
8Reinventing Human Services: Innovation, Effectiveness, Efficiency and Review;
9Human service site visit;
10New perspectives on human services: Individualisation and the body;
11New organisational logics and political economy: Globalised Service Provision;
12New directions in service provision? Privatisation, Contracting Out and Integration;
13Engaging with policy: Looking to the future development

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

This unit is a core requirement 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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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