HCS409 Social Welfare in Human Services (8)


This subject provides an introduction to the welfare sector in Australia and to concepts and issues underpinning welfare practice, past and present. It will advance students’ knowledge and skills in professional human services work as well as enhance the students’ capacity to critically analyse and reflect on current practice. An ecosocial framework is introduced to critique contemporary welfare state issues and provide an alternative pathway for the future of human services and society.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS409
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

All students who have completed HCS111 cannot undertake HCS409
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
HCS111 SWK326 WEL106 hcs111 Paired Subject

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of, and critically assess the characteristics of professional human services, including a knowledge base, and core values and ethics;
  • be able to demonstrate advanced understanding of, and critically assess, welfare in Australia, including the history of human services, contemporary approaches to welfare provision and issues underpinning welfare;
  • be able to demonstrate an advanced understanding of the impacts and complexity of, and critically assess the origin of poverty and social exclusion;
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of an ecosocial framework to human services and implications for practice


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview of human services and welfare practices is Australia
  • Orientation to welfare services
  • Service delivery systems and organisations
  • Ecological framework to human services and implications for practice
  • Impacts and complexity of poverty and disadvantage
  • Professional knowledge base, values and ethics,
  • Fields of practice across the lifespan, cultures and genders


The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 12 August 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.