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HSW434 - Administration and Policy Development: The Organisational Context

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online) with significant campus requirements (see Contact hours), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (H330)

Unit chair:

Norah Hosken

Prerequisite:HSW314 (or appropriate experience in a human services organisation as approved by the unit chair)


Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities, including a 1 day seminar at Waterfront (Geelong) - date to be advised.

IKE (CBD): Online independent and collaborative learning activities including fortnightly online workshops, as per Cloud (online) students' scheduled learning commitments. Students must also attend and participate in 2 x 5 day (10 days) intensives at the Institute of Koorie Education, Waurn Ponds (Geelong) Campus.


^Students enrol as Cloud (online); however there are significant campus requirements

*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


The unit relates professional social work practice to organisational theory, models of administration and management, and the domain of industrial relations, paying particular attention to the public sector and to human services delivery systems. Organisational forms in which social workers operate will be discussed, including the different levels of government and the non-government sector. The work context for social work practice will be analysed and a number of critiques of the established order presented, including radical change models and feminist analysis of bureaucracies. Social control functions of public welfare will be highlighted as well as issues relating to social justice and public welfare.


Assessment task 1: Theoretical paper (1200 words) 30%

Assessment task 2: Organisational analysis (2500 words) 60%

Assessment task 3: Online group discussion (300 words) 10%


Hurdle requirement

Attendance at a 1 day seminar held during trimester at Waterfront (Geelong) campus - date to be advised

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