Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Chris Laming


Previously coded HSM4303


This unit addresses the broad socio-cultural, political and physical contexts in which human service organisations are located. Students engage with, and critically reflect on the ideas and processes through which social, economic, political and juridical forces structure, define and legitimise the human services industry and human service organisations. Using case study and problem-based learning approaches, students examine the role, function, formation and resourcing of the human service organisation in rural, urban, regional and global contexts.


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

  1. conduct an environmental analysis of a human service organisation;
  2. identify and discuss the various roles, functions and responsibilities of the human service organisation in rural, regional, urban and global contexts;
  3. critically discuss the emergence of new forms of organisational structure in the human services sector; 4) apply relevant theory to analysis of the socio-cultural, political and economic contexts in which human service organisations operate;
  4. identify and critically review appropriate funding options and sources and prepare a funding submission;
  5. conduct a literature review


Written work: 100% (9000 words)

Chief examiner(s)

Chris Laming

Off-campus attendance requirements

Students will be expected to participate for a minimum of 1 x 1 hour per fortnight on-line discussion.