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.


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

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HCS221 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Progress assessment - online quiz
Legal research essay
Legal research essay - human rights law

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.