The online unit, Human Services: Law and Social Policy, provided by Griffith University and Open Universities Australia, focuses on human services and social policy issues as they relate to a range of legislative domains.
The unit explores the development and implementation of policy and legislative analysis, client representation within the Australian legal system, ethical and legal obligations of human services professionals and the inter-relationships between human services policy and practices.
This unit places a strong focus on close analysis and debate, and you will have the opportunity to tailor your learning to reflect your specific areas of interest. On completion of this unit you will be able to critically discuss the connections between law, policy and human services practices, and will have developed a sound understanding of the legal obligations of human services practitioners such as confidentiality, duty of care and provision of information.
Developing an understanding of the structures of government that inform particular models of policy, legal reasoning and welfare will also form an essential part of this unit.
Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:
Have successfully completed the unit, Foundations of Social Work Practice
Be accepted into the Master of Social Work
Areas of study
In this Human Services: Law and Social Policy unit, the topics you will study include:
Course overview and reasons to study policy and law
The law/human service nexus
Laws: children and young people
Court process, evidence, case notes, report writing
Diversity and vulnerability – duty of care and negligence
Introduction to social policy
Australian social policy
The policy process
Influencing policy change
Housing as a case study
Review: reconnecting law and policy
This unit is a core requirement in the following course:
Master of Social Work, Griffith University
Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.
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A strong foundation in Human Services opens you up to a wide range of career opportunities, from community support and outreach work to policy making, advocacy and consultancy. By developing a working knowledge of key social issues and legal processes, you will be well positioned to pursue high level roles in some of the top human services organisations in the country and beyond.
At its heart, human services is about helping people. The typical human services job role will be challenging, ever-changing and richly rewarding. Undertaking this unit will help you to prepare for these job roles by exposing you to a range of practical and theoretical frameworks that inform models of welfare, policy and protection. By allowing you to follow your own study routes within these frameworks, you can shape your learning experience around a career trajectory that is relevant to you, putting you on the path towards an exciting and fulfilling career.
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Human Services: Law and Social Policy from Griffith University.
Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
Government financial support through HECS-HELP may be available.
Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUAs full degree programs.
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If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.
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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!
This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.
Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).
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