HCS221 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. Students will examine the law and legal issues associated with, but not limited to, the following broad topics of relevance to human services: children and families, youth and juvenile justice, criminal justice, Indigenous Australians, drugs, mental health, disability, welfare rights, health, housing, discrimination, and community organisations.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS221. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

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 professional practice in human services;
  • 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 human 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.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The core modules cover the Australian legal environment and tortious liability in human services. These areas are studied by all students.
  • Optional elective topics may include, but are not limited to, the law and legal issues associated with the following topics:
  • Children and families
  • Youth and juvenile justice
  • Drugs and the law
  • Indigenous Australians
  • Criminal justice
  • Violence
  • Welfare rights
  • Mental health
  • Disability
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Discrimination
  • Community organisations


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or ask@csu.edu.au or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.