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
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details. 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

All students who have completed HCS111 cannot undertake HCS409

Subject Relationships
HCS111 Paired Subject
Incompatable Subjects
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
Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure you will need to contact your Course Director. You can find the name and contact details for your Course Director in your offer letter or contact your School office.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2017 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.