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HSW434 - Administration and Policy Development: The Organisational Context

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online), 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:

Sevi Vassos

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


Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin including access to course materials and interactions with the teaching staff and other students. Students are also expected to engage with a human service organisation.


*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: Narrated Powerpoint presentation (15 minutes) 40%
Assessment task 2: Written assignment (2500 words) 60%

Unit Fee Information

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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