Human Services: Law and Social Policy
Gain the grounding in public policy you’ll need to work as a human services practitioner. Follow the legislative process as it pertains to social work. Recognise the key importance of duty of care, provision of information and confidentiality.
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After successfully completing this subject you should be able to:
- Critically describe the nexus between law, policy and human services practice
- Be cognisant of practitioner legal obligations such as duty of care, provision of information, privacy and confidentiality requirements
- Describe the various philosophical frameworks that inform particular models of welfare, policy development and legal reasoning
- Read and understand key aspects of selected legislation
- Describe how social policy and law are made and understand factors influencing its implementation and application in practice
- Identify and critique different policy development and advocacy frameworks and their impact on policy and legislative reforms
- Describe and analyse the practices and structures of systems of government and law in Australia that contribute to policy formation.
- Course Overview and Reasons to Study Policy & Law
- The Law/Human Service Nexus
- Guest Lecture
- Court Process,Evidence, Case Notes, Report Writing
- Laws: Children and Young People
- Diversity & Vulnerability - Duty of Care & Negligence
- Introduction to Social Policy
- Policy Making and the Parliament
- The Policy Process
- Influencing Policy Change
- Policy Implementation
- Housing as a Case Study
- Review: Reconnecting Law and Policy
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
Pre requisite: HSV7034 (Field Placement 1)
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Admission to Griffith University MSocial Work (Qualifying) OUA Course required
Effective human services practitioners have a sound understanding of the institutions of public policy including the Australian system of government, and legislative instruments such as courts and tribunals, together with their roles and responsibilities in implementing policy. With this knowledge, they can influence, advocate, and improve social policy and legislation. This degree develops students' knowledge and skills in negotiating their roles as human services professionals across four policy and legislative domains:
1. Policy and legislative analysis, development and implementation.
2. Client representation and advocacy within the Australian legal system, courts and tribunals.
3. Ethical and legal obligations, rights and responsibilities of human services professionals.
4. The inter-relationships between human services policy, practice, law and ethics.
Students will be exposed to the analysis of, and debates in, contemporary human services and social policy issues. While the degree is weighted towards establishing generic foundations in policy and legislation, students will have the opportunity to develop their specific policy and legislative interest areas.
Pre requisites: Maser of Social Work Students must have completed HSV7034 Field Placement 1
- Written Assignment (35%)
- Written Assignment (50%)
- Test or Quiz (15%)