Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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 Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitDepartment of Social Work
OfferedNot offered in 2015
Coordinator(s)Dr Kerry Brydon


Students will explore two main areas of welfare provision namely child welfare and aged care. This unit will form one specific basis to guide the students in their choice of specialization for the remainder of their studies.


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

  1. Outline a model of service delivery that encompasses the primary, secondary and tertiary elements of social welfare provision;
  2. Identify and critically analyze the ways in which children and older people have been constructed over time and in the contemporary context;
  3. Construct child welfare and aged care as issues concerned with public health and the promotion of social justice;
  4. Critically analyze child welfare and aged care in terms of development across the lifespan; and
  5. Explain broad policy responses, themes, characteristics and limitations in response to child welfare and aged care.


Essay (2,000 words) (40%)
Essay (2,500 words) (60%)

Workload requirements

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.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


This unit is a co-requisite for students in the Bachelor of Health Promotion wishing to undertake either SWK3380 or SWK3390 at level 3.