This unit introduces students to key concepts of Australian social welfare systems and provision, including 'need', 'equality', 'equity', 'oppression', 'welfare', and the 'state'. The unit explores the history of the Australian welfare state with reference to particular communities and implications for individuals. Welfare systems are exemplified through class, gender, disability and race and discussed in the context of current debates. The unit also facilitates student application of this knowledge for practice by developing their analytical and collaborative practice skills.

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96 credit points of first year core ABSW units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate the historical development of the welfare state in Australia, highlighting institutional, economic, cultural and political influences and global context;  
  2. Analyse key theoretical and philosophical perspectives about the concept of welfare and how they inform welfare systems provision in Australia;  
  3. Review the implications, impacts and effects of Australia's welfare provision on the social, cultural, economic, psychological wellbeing of individuals; and  
  4. Collaborate with peers to extend practical skills, including written and verbal communication, teamwork and self-reflection.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Review Interactive reading review (800 words) 25%
Presentation Group presentation (15-20mins) 30%
Report Welfare briefing note and in-class activity (1500 words) 45%

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