HCS111 Introduction to Social Welfare (8)


This subject provides an introduction to the welfare sector in Australia and to concepts and issues underpinning welfare practice. An overview of the development of the welfare sector is presented and issues related to vulnerability to disadvantage are considered. The subject also provides an overview of the delivery of social services, including government, non-government and not-for-profit organisations.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS111
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
SWK326 WEL106 HCS409 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
demonstrate an understanding of welfare in Australia, service delivery models and organisations;
demonstrate a broad appreciation of the professional knowledge base, core values, ethics and issues underpinning welfare; and
demonstrate an appreciation of the impacts of vulnerability.


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Welfare in Australia - introduction and overview - Orientation to welfare services - Service delivery systems and organisations - Social vulnerability - impacts of socioeconomic disadvantage, gender, location and ethnicity - Welfare practice - introduction to professional knowledge base, fields of practice, client groups and practice ethics and values


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.