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HSW1000 Foundations of the Human Services Disciplines

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Wellbeing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 May 2022


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 may be 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.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 On-campus Ipswich
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022