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2013 HGW416 Human Services: Context and Practice

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Available as a Student Elective: No

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This unit is designed for students/human service practitioners enrolled in BA Hons Professional Social Sciences [Human Services Practice] study program.

Note: Students can attend workshops at either Sandy Bay or Newnham UTAS campuses.


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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This foundational unit introduces students to contemporary human services and its practices and examines topical issues in this context. A key aim of the unit is to increase students' understanding of how 'the bigger picture' impacts on organisations, service delivery and professional practice. The unit is organised and delivered in modules with specific application to practice in the workplace. Topics include: the organisation of government and community-based sectors and services; how legislation and policy frameworks influence and impact on professional practice; how the risk society influences contemporary human services and professional practice; the nature of professional practice in statutory and non-statutory settings, with associated opportunities and challenges for change; and, ethical and reflective decision-making in applied human services contexts.



Online activities/test (approx. 1000 words or equivalent; 30%); workshop participation (20%); reflective practice portfolio (approx. 2500 words or equivalent; 50%)


Online learning (approx. 20 hours); compulsory workshop attendance (approx. 20 hours).

Prereq Eligibility for Professional Honours (BA Hons Social Science)/



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