LAW221 Law for the Human Services 2 (8)


Using a modular format, the electronic environment and a problem-based learning approach, this subject allows students in the human services the opportunity to construct a learning program relevant and appropriate to their chosen professional specialisation. Broad topic areas include, but are not limited to: children and families, youth and juvenile justice, criminal justice, Indigenous people and the law, drugs and the law, mental health, disability, welfare rights, health law, housing, discrimination, community organizations.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: LAW221
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

Access to a computer with CD-ROM is essential. Not available to students who have previously completed LAW207, LAW303, LAW209, LAW307, ETH202

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate a knowledge of the legal system and issues relevant to professional practice in the human services;
- be able to recognise legal issues and problems in practice;
- be able to demonstrate individual and group problem solving skills by application of relevant legal knowledge;
- be able to recognise and demonstrate an understanding of mechanisms that positively influence legal processes and outcomes for vulnerable and disadvantaged people;
- be able to make judgments as to the appropriate role of the social service worker in relation to the legal system and their client(s); and
- be able to consider, critically evaluate and engage in the wider legal, ethical, social policy debates central to the human services in Australia, including reform of the law.


The subject will cover the following topics:
The Australian legal environment Children and families Youth and juvenile justice Drugs and the law Indigenous people and the law Criminal justice Violence and the law Mental health Disability Welfare rights Health law Housing Discrimination Community organisations


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.