Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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 degree.
    • Fundamental Debates in Human Services and the Changing Context of Human Services Work
    • The Organisation-Environment Nexus of Human Services Practice
    • The Structure of Human Service Organisations
    • Human Services Models - Steady Ships and Governed Networks: Human Service Management
    • Leadership and Organisational Practice: The Human Services Workforce - From 'Kickers' to Professionals:
    • Human Service Clients - Institutionalisation and Autonomy
    • Personal and Professional Values in Human Services Practice: Street-level Bureaucrats
    • Human Service Practice in Organisational Context
    • Ogranisational Technologies
    • Contesting Best Practice: Human Service Evaluation and Assessment
    • Managing Change
    • Wrapping-up: The Future of Human Services
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board

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-SGY886
  • MAQ-SGY386


Admission to the below programs

Special requirements

No special requirements

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

This subject examines responses to changing concepts of human need for support. Drawing on applied research and a range of theoretical frameworks it examines studies of care and the delivery of human services in Australia and comparable countries. Additionally, the subject develops skills in the management of human service organisations. Students will be introduced to a range of human service types and models and review developments in policy, organisation and funding through the application of a number of different theories and methods. It seeks to develop research skills relevant to researchers, administrators, service professionals or policy makers in the human services field. 

  • Analysis Task (40%)
  • Assignment — Brief (30%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)
  • Paper (10%)

Textbooks are not required.

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