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HSW434 - Administration and Policy Development: The Organisational Context

Unit details

Year2015 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:

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

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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