Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
Course Unit A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

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About this unit

Throughout this online Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy unit you will learn about a range of human services issues arising from and relating to policy, sociology and individuals.

The unit, which is delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Macquarie University aims to examine the different meanings of care, and how this definition differs from context to context. You will be expected to demonstrate an awareness of the characteristics of care in relationships between the individuals who provide care and those who require it. Defining care is an excellent starting point for you to become familiar with the research pertaining to the field of social work and human services.

You will become familiar with a range of academic literature within the field of human services, and will gain an understanding of the importance of research in the development of the field. Particular emphasis will be placed upon sociological research, though relevant research from a range of other fields will also be explored.

Eligibility

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to enter this program:

  • Have completed level 1 and 2 studies in sociology prior to starting this unit

Areas of study

In this human services unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Care and human services
  • Understanding care: contested definitions and perspectives
  • Formal and informal systems of support
  • Human services as organisations
  • Human services as total institutions/the state as parent: from orphanage to ‘child protection’
  • Deinstitutionalism and community care
  • Innovations/dilemmas of community-based approaches
  • Social change, care and human service provision (1): individualisation, risk society and the body
  • Social change, care and human service provision (2): new organisational logics and the political economy of globalised service provision
  • New directions in service provision? privatisation, contracting and integration
  • Targeting, assessing and integrating services
  • Engaging with policy: the future of human services
  • Conclusion

Course pathways

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Griffith University

This unit is an approved elective in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Macquarie 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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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will provide you with a deeper understanding of some of the issues and challenges that are currently be faced by the human services sector, and the issues that are yet to be adequately addressed through policy. You will gain an understanding of the processes involved in changing policy, from the initial stages of identifying issues, through to dealing with the relevant documentation.

You will be expected to demonstrate your ability to critique and make use of secondary research in identifying issues within human services. You will also be required to show that you are capable of analysing policy documents relating to planning, regulation, provision and funding of human services. Upon completion of the unit you will be able to respond to such documents in a confident manner.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Human Services: Organisations, Structures and Policy from Macquarie 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 FEE-HELP or 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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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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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