Courses - Faculty of Education And Social Work


Human Services

Stage I

HUMSERV 101
15 Points

Psychology for Human Services

An introduction to the study of psychology and its application to working in human services. Students will explore key theorists and theories of psychology. A particular emphasis on learning theory, developmental processes of social, cognitive, moral and personality interaction. A central theme is an understanding of human behaviour in social settings.

HUMSERV 102
15 Points

Lifespan Development for Human Services

An introduction to the theories of lifespan development. Key issues affecting human development and its relevance and application to the work of human service practitioners will be explored. The consideration of social contexts of human development will be a central theme.

HUMSERV 104
15 Points

Introduction to Human Services

Introduces students to a wide range of human service organisations including government, social enterprise and voluntary. Examines the provision of service and support within human service contexts. The nature of professionalism and the role of `self ' in effective practice will be examined.

Restriction: HUMSERV 103

Stage II

HUMSERV 201
15 Points

Leadership in Human Services

An exploration of contemporary leadership concepts, organisation structures and models with a view to their implementation within human service settings. Various approaches to team structure found in human services will be examined. Organisational structures and culture will be explored with a view to understanding how they are created, sustained and changed.

Prerequisite: SOCWORK 111, or 30 points passed from the BHumServ Schedule

HUMSERV 202
15 Points

Reflective Practice in Human Services

Developing the processes of reflective practice to evaluate 'self' in their role as a human service practitioner. Using an experiential and collaborative approach, students will apply action learning and gather data on their own practice. In consultation with a colleague or mentor, students will implement and evaluate change in their professional practice.

Prerequisite: HUMSERV 104 and 30 points passed from the BHumServ Schedule

HUMSERV 203
15 Points

Ethics and Social Justice

An introduction to major normative ethical theories and to the moral controversies of applied ethics that are relevant to the fields of disability studies and youth work. An examination of the application of the principles of justice to disabled people and youth as expressed in relevant universal declarations and conventions and national legislation.

Prerequisite: Any 30 points passed from the BHumServ Schedule

HUMSERV 211
15 Points

Assessment, Planning and Coordination

An examination of the practical components and implications of assessment, planning and coordination in human services. The theory and practice of needs assessment, service coordination and budget management are examined. The professional ethics and related practice issues are examined in relation to these activities.

Prerequisite: Any 30 points passed from the BHumServ Schedule

Stage III

HUMSERV 305
15 Points

Field Work in Human Services 1

A service-learning experience during which students will connect with an organisation or group to apply classroom knowledge in a human service setting. With supervision, students will be assisted to reflect on their field work experiences to further develop their professional practice skills.

Prerequisite: HUMSERV 101, 102, 104, 201, 202, 203, 211, SOCWORK 111, 112, 114, 211

HUMSERV 306
15 Points

Field Work in Human Services 2

An experiential learning course focused on a consolidation of understanding of the function of reflection and research in human service practice. Students will critically analyse their own practice, connecting it to theory and evidence. With supervision and using appropriate methodology students will implement and evaluate change in their professional practice.

Prerequisite: HUMSERV 101, 102, 104, 201, 202, 203, 211, SOCWORK 111, 112, 114, 211

Restriction: HUMSERV 302

HUMSERV 307
15 Points

Advanced Practice in Cultural Responsiveness

Effective practice and social change occur when practitioners can locate self, power, and diversity appropriately within bicultural and multicultural contexts. Students will critically engage with theories of cultural competence, cultural responsiveness, and cultural humility to develop skills and strategies to work reflexively across diversity dimensions and contexts, including, but not limited to, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, age and ability.

Prerequisite: HUMSERV 101, 102, 104, 201, 202, 203, 211, SOCWORK 111, 112, 114, 211

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