CDS1000 Introduction to Community Welfare and Development
Co-requisite: CMS1000 or CMS1009 or EDC1100
Students must be eligible for a blue card or its equivalent from State and Territory jurisdictions in order to complete Human Services programs at USQ. Students seeking to undertake practicums must be officially authorized to work with children before they can be placed in a human service organization. Information about application requirements and procedures can be found on the websites which are provided in Other Requirements.
This course is an introduction to the fundamental principles and skills required for working in the community and human services sectors. Much of the basic knowledge required is common for workers in varied social settings and various community services including carers, workers with Indigenous, refugee or immigrant communities, workers in women's shelters, youth workers and self-help groups. Emerging initiatives covered include principles of rights based development, empowerment, community rather than individual approaches, enhancing social capital and giving voice to the disadvantaged through advocacy. The course provides students with insights across a range of disciplines and sectors preparing them to contribute effectively to responsive, trans-disciplinary teams and adapt to emerging initiatives in working in community organisations or community development work with marginalised groups in Australian society or overseas.