Subject details

At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an 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. discuss some of the characteristics of care in intimate interpersonal relationships and in contexts involving the provision of care to strangers
  3. recognise the importance of sociological and other research in the development of human services
  4. analyse and respond to policy documents with the planning, provision, regulation and funding of human services
  5. demonstrate capability to use research and contribute to the development of policy in the field.
    • Introduction: Care and Human Services
    • Understanding care: Contested definitions and perspectives
    • Formal and Informal Care? The substitutability of care
    • Human Services as organisations: The value of Organisational Thoery Total Institutions
    • Reinventing Human Services: Alternatives to Institutional Models of Care
    • The Political Economy of Human Service Provision
    • Working in the Human Services
    • Care around the world: Care and welfare state regimes
    • Care around the world: Care and welfare state regimes
    • The Future of Human Services: Biotechnology and the Bioethics of Care
    • Multiple Perspectives on Human Services in the 21st Century
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Standard Media
    • Online materials

      • Resources and Links

Equivalent subjects

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

  • MAQ-SGY310


You must complete Level 1 and 2 studies in Sociology before starting this subject.

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as SOCX322 Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy.

This subject is based on an exploration of the concept of care and its meaning in a range of different human service developments such as mental health, childcare, child protection, disability services and aged care. A starting point for these discussions is an examination of the ideas of 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 subject 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 enjoy opportunities to analyse state of the art studies of care and human services in Australia and other comparable countries

  • Concept Paper (30%)
  • Report (40%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Reading Summaries (10%)

Textbook information is pending.

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