Human Services in the 21st Century: Care, Gender and Institutions
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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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to
- 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.
- 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.
- Recognise the contribution of a range of sociological, economic and demographic and other perspectives to developments in care and human services.
- Work with a range of policy documents concerned with the planning, provision, regulation, and funding of human services.
- Apply a number of research perspectives to the study of human services.
- Work as part of a social research or policy development team in the field.
- Understand the key issues involved in undertaking social analyses of policies and programs for the development of human services.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
You cannot enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:
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
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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 Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject was previously known as SOCX322 Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy.
This subject explores the concept of care and its application in a range of different human service fields including mental health, childcare, child protection, disability services and aged care. We explore the links between informal supports, typically, although not exclusively, provided by women within families and households; and formal supports as provided by professional, trained and untrained staff, through organisations and other, often newly emergent, systems of support. Drawing together the fields of social theory and applied research, this unit provides an opportunity to examine responses to changing concepts of human need for interpersonal support. You will be able to learn from policy makers and practitioners working in this field, and analyse current research on care and human services in Australia and other comparable countries.
- Program Design Paper (20%)
- Program Design Presentation (35%)
- Critical analysis essay (45%)
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