Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Kerry Brydon


Most social welfare practitioners deliver their services in an organizational setting. In order to work effectively it is important to understand organizational processes and the ways these may impact on practice. This unit studies organizational theory and structure and research knowledge about organizations as the basis for assessing social welfare organizations. The unit will have a focus on child welfare and aged care organizations.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. Describe the nature and special attributes of human service organizations, with particular reference to child welfare and aged care;
  2. Review the major theories of organizations and apply these analyses to how human services organizations operate and how they might operate differently with particular reference to child welfare and aged care;
  3. Critically review other important concepts such as organizational structure, the distribution of power, and formalization and centralization and how these attributes affect the operation of human service organizations;
  4. Apply the key concepts on program planning and evaluation and have beginning skills in planning and evaluation; and
  5. Apply key principles concerned with planning and carrying out of organizational change.


One essay 1500 words worth 40% of the unit mark.
One major essay of 3000 words worth 60% of the unit mark.

Contact hours

Students will attend up to three hours of direct teaching classes per week and are expected to complete nine hours of independent study each week.


Must be enrolled in Bachelor of Social Welfare