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HSW1000 Foundations of the Human Services Disciplines

Semester 2, 2021 On-campus Ipswich
Short Description: Foun Human Services Discipline
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Health and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
ASCED code : 061309 - Community Health
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 21 July 2021


Examiner: David Steggall


This course introduces students to the key elements in the field of health and social welfare - its historical and current socio-economic, political and organisational contexts. It demonstrates how these elements inform the issues and processes of assessment and intervention in a range of practice contexts with a view to give students a general idea of the profession they have chosen and encourage critical thinking about the areas that they maybe interested in during coming semesters.


This course provides an overview and introduction of social welfare and health theories, services, values, and practice from Australian and international perspectives. It establishes the intellectual and value context for the broader human service field and introduces students to key perspectives of health, welfare, vulnerability and disadvantage. Content covered includes national and international history of health and social welfare provision and explores the philosophies, underpinning values, debates, and practice in Australia and abroad through interactive lectures and tutorial activities.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Examine the historical and current social welfare and health systems in Australian society through an introductory analysis of prevalent trends in key sectors such as health, disability, aging, housing, justice, and employment.
  2. Explore relevant frameworks, concepts and values that influence and underpin international and local human services practice including disadvantage in social groups
  3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of various broader strategies designed to prevent and address disadvantage and promote wellbeing.
  4. Examine the scope of the roles, contexts, functions, and activities of human services and health services in addressing social care needs.
  5. Describe and critique key debates to identify trends within society that pertain to health and social welfare.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to health and social welfare 20.00
2. Wellbeing, vulnerability and disadvantage 25.00
3. Philosophies of practice 25.00
4. Service delivery 20.00
5. Where to from here? 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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There are no texts or materials required for this course.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 60.00
Directed Study 69.00
Lectures 24.00
Seminars 12.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Quiz 20 20 12 Aug 2021 (see note 1)
Assignment 1 40 40 23 Aug 2021
Assignment 2 40 40 14 Oct 2021

  1. The quiz will be conducted during Teaching Week 5. Details regarding the quiz timings will be made available on the course Study Desk.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures and tutorials) scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Deferred and Supplementary examinations will be held in accordance with the Assessment Procedure

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the American Psychological Association (APA 6th edition) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. Computer, e-mail and Internet access:
    Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to UConnect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

Date printed 21 July 2021