Organisational Contexts of Practice

Subject 196-202 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1-hour lecture and a 1.5-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 27.5 hours
Prerequisites: Admission into the Bachelor of Social Work.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements: It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's courses. Students who feel their disability will impact on meeting this requirement are encouraged to discuss this matter with the Course Coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.


Assoc Prof Elizabeth Ozanne
Subject Overview:

Drawing upon the broad body of organisational theory, this subject examines organisations as contexts, vehicles and targets for social work interventions. Particular attention is paid to different organisational forms in the human services; the organisational environment and inter-organisational relations; organisational cultures; structures and processes of governance and working arrangements; and organisational change. Issues for service users and front-line workers will be addressed. On completion of the subject students should demonstrate an understanding of the relationships between organisation, management and practice in human service organisations; and understand the concept of organisational culture, both in its formation and in relation to cultural change.

Assessment: A written assignment of 2000 words 50% (due mid-semester) and a final essay of 2000 words 50% (due at the end of semester). Attendance at a minimum of 75% of tutorials is a hurdle requirement for this subject.
Prescribed Texts: Working in Human Service Organisations: A Critical Introduction (A Jones & J May), Longman Cheshire.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to critically analyse a human service;
  • be able to understand organisations' social, cultural, and ethical contexts of practice;
  • be able to link theory to practice;
  • be able to undertake an independent assessment of an organization;
  • be able to communicate effectively in writing.
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Formerly available as 196-012. Students who have completed 196-012 are not permitted to enrol in this subject.

The disciplines of Nursing and Social Work are now co-managed within the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences. At the time of publication Social Work subjects are under the administrative management of the School of Nursing.

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