Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland Second semester 2015 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Olga Bursian


This unit introduces students to community welfare and counselling as a professional field located within historical contexts of government policies, programs and funded services as well as changing community attitudes. The development decline and reshaping of the welfare state throughout western countries is critically explored with a particular focus on the human and citizenship rights typical of modern democracies . Students also develop an understanding of the historical contribution of community welfare professionals and the broad range of social and human sciences in the formulation of strategies for addressing disadvantage and effecting social change.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the historical and political context of the Welfare State and its relationship to the rise of community welfare as a professional field;
  2. discern the role of government policy in the implementation of community welfare services and programs;
  3. comprehend and engage with key debates and critiques of the social and community welfare system;
  4. demonstrate the development of skills in independent and self-directed learning.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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