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Undergraduate | MAQ-SOCX3040 | 2024

Human Services in the 21st Century: Care, Gender and Institutions

Previously MAQ-SOCX322

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Uncover ways in which concepts of care can morph as society changes. Identify social attitudes to mental health, childcare, disability services and aged care. Support your studies with information from policy makers and health practitioners.

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Start dates
19 Feb 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
18 weeks

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Human Services in the 21st Century: Care, Gender and Institutions

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to

    1. Exhibit 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological, economic and demographic and other perspectives to developments in care and human services.
    4. Work with a range of policy documents concerned with the planning, provision, regulation, and funding of human services.
    5. Apply a number of research perspectives to the study of human services.
    6. Work as part of a social research or policy development team in the field.
    7. Understand the key issues involved in undertaking social analyses of policies and programs for the development of human services.

Entry requirements

Prior study

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-SGY310 (Not currently available)

  • MAQ-SOCX322 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) SGY310, SOC322, SOC372, SOCX322
Pre-requisite 130cp at 1000 level or above
NCCW (2020 and onwards)
SOCI3040 Human Services in the 21st Century: Care, Gender and Institutions

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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