WEL418 Case Management (8)


The focus of this subject is on a contemporary paradigm of case management and its increasing application to diverse human service settings and organisations. Its origins are traced to the emergence of the social work profession, the 1970s deinstitutionalisation movement and community nursing. Community care case management is designed to provide advocacy, support and services to vulnerable people and communities. Through a case study approach students differentiate case management systems, their underlying ethos, theory, functions, structures and practices.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
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Subject information

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

Enrolment restrictions

Post graduate students only

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
demonstrate knowledge of the origins of this contemporary case management paradigm;
elucidate the distinction between clinical social casework and case management;
demonstrate that they can differentiate case management systems, their ethos, theory, structure, functions and practices;
articulate humanistic, social-ecological and task centred theories of human service intervention;
apply the principles, theories and functions of case management to practice with vulnerable communities and individuals;
critique case management systems within agency and community contexts;
identify the roles and requisite base of skill, knowledge and theory for practitioners within case management systems; and
engage in reflective learning that supports their continued professional education.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Case management foundations, including: - description - origins, definitions, elements - principles and ethos - theoretical foundations - social-ecological, task centred, humanist - strengths based practice Practice dimensions of case management - functions of case management systems - roles and responsibilities of case managers - organisational contexts - models of case management


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.