The teaching program consists of:
- A pre-recorded lecture that will be made available on a weekly basis for Weeks 1-12. The lecture slides and recorded lectures are available on the SOI3040/SOCX304 iLearn site.
- For Weeks 2-13, one-hour guided on-campus tutorials will be held. In these tutorials students will devote their time to designing a human services program. These will culminate in the submission of a Program Design paper and Presentation. Engagement in the tutorials is therefore a requirement for successful completion of the course. Tutorials commence in Week 2. Further information about the assessments is available on the SOI3040/SOCX3040 iLearn site.
- Subject to COVID-19 restrictions in Week 9, the lecture and tutorial will be replaced by a Historical Site visit, organised as part of the teaching program. Further information regarding the time and location will be provided during the semester.
- Weekly readings which cover the key issues relating to the weekly topic. These also form the basis for the Critical Analysis Essays. These are available via the Leganto link in the SOI3040/SOCX3040 iLearn site.
- Related reading and research development tasks over the course of the unit.
As this is an advanced course in the uses and development of sociological analysis, it is vital for students to participate in all components of the unit. The lectures provide the conceptual basis of the course, examining the theory and much of the relevant evidence for each topic. The online discussions are designed to complement this by providing an opportunity to apply ideas and develop a critical and collaborative approach.
While there are no required textbooks for this unit, the following are useful texts for students undertaking this unit:
• Fine, M.D. (2007) A Caring Society? Care and the Dilemmas of Human Service in the 21st Century, Palgrave MacMillan, Houndmills and New York.
• Palmer, G and S. Short (2014) Health Care and Public Policy. An Australian Analysis (5th Ed), Palgrave MacMillan, South Yarra
• Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2019) Australia’s Welfare: Data Insights, 2019, Canberra. (This can be downloaded free from: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/australias-welfare/australias-welfare-2019-data-insights/contents/summary)