Working in Human Services Organisations

    Unit code: ASW1000 | Study level: Undergraduate
    (Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
    Footscray Park


    This unit of study introduces students to key dimensions of human service organisations. A range of theoretical models from different disciplinary perspectives are presented and critically examined from the viewpoints of key stakeholders including workers, service users, managers, funding bodies and policy makers. A focus on the organisational context of professional practice in the human services contributes to students' preparation for their future inter-professional practice.

    Learning Outcomes

    On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

    1. Explore and discuss professional practice in human service organisations;
    2. Identify and discuss the dilemmas and tensions facing workers in human service organisations;
    3. Demonstrate an understanding of key organisational concepts and frameworks; and
    4. Articulate the links between organisational theory and practice.


    For Melbourne campuses

    Assessment type: Project
    Grade: 20%
    Video Interview Project – individual (equivalent to 600 words)
    Assessment type: Report
    Grade: 40%
    Write a detailed reflective report drawing on unit content and learnings - individual (equivalent to 1200 words)
    Assessment type: Presentation
    Grade: 40%
    Inter-professional Team Presentation (equivalent to 1200 words)

    Required reading

    Relevant articles will also be made available to students via VU Collaborate.

    Working with human service organisations
    Gardner, F. (2016).| Oxford University Press

    As part of a course

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