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HSW434 - Administration and Policy Development: The Organisational Context

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: CBD, Cloud (online)

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:

A Carrington

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


This unit is offered in Cloud (online) mode only and requires that students have internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


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.


Narrated powerpoint presentation (15 minutes) 40%, written assignment (2500 words) 60%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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