Social Care and Human Services - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: Sem1
  • Availability for 2018: Sem1
  • Assessment: Analysis Task (40%) , Assignment - Brief (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,317.00
International 2,567.00

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

This unit draws together the fields of social theory and applied research to explore the concept of care and its expression in a range of different human service developments. Through the lens of care we review changes in the modes of organisation and provision of human services including the development of residential institutions and facilities, the deinstitutionalisation process, the emergence of community care and case management, and moves to improve the coordination and integration of services. We will also critically examine many other recent developments, including the increasing penetration of the market and of market mechanisms, and consider the contribution of research and policy to these developments.

At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. a demonstrated understanding of the key issues involved in undertaking social analyses of policies and programs for the development of human services
  2. experience in considering the application a number of research perspectives to the study of human services
  3. an ability to work with a range of policy documents concerned with the planning, provision, regulation, and funding of human services
  4. recognition of the contribution of a range of sociological, economic and demographic and other perspectives to developments in care and human services
  5. a capacity to analyse the characteristics of care in intimate interpersonal relationships, as well as in contexts in which professional relationships require the provision of care to strangers
  6. a critical understanding of the different meanings attached to the concept of care and of changing patterns in the need for care across the life course.
  • Analysis Task (40%)
  • Assignment — Brief (30%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Paper (10%)

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)

Admission to the below programs

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

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Fundamental Debates in Human Services and the Changing Context of Human Services Work
2The Organisation-Environment Nexus of Human Services Practice
3The Structure of Human Service Organisations
4Human Services Models - Steady Ships and Governed Networks: Human Service Management
5Leadership and Organisational Practice: The Human Services Workforce - From 'Kickers' to Professionals:
6Human Service Clients - Institutionalisation and Autonomy
7Personal and Professional Values in Human Services Practice: Street-level Bureaucrats
8Human Service Practice in Organisational Context
9Ogranisational Technologies
10Contesting Best Practice: Human Service Evaluation and Assessment
11Managing Change
12Wrapping-up: The Future of Human Services

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

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