Courses & Units

Human Services: Context and Practice HGW416


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

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

This unit will be offered subject to sufficient numbers.


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.


Unit name Human Services: Context and Practice
Unit code HGW416
Credit points 25
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Social Work


Teaching staff

Level Honours
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


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Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:

HGW310.  HGW514


Teaching Pattern

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


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

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