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OnlineSession 2N/A

Unit description

Introduces students to legal concepts and resources within the welfare system and will develop their ability to make appropriate referrals. Welfare law is an area that has grown with the increasing sophistication of the welfare state. An understanding of the complexities of this emerging area of law is essential for those working within this field.

Unit content

Topic 1: The welfare state
Topic 2: Access to law
Topic 3: Broadening access to law
Topic 4: The family
Topic 5: Domestic violence
Topic 6: Youth
Topic 7: Income support
Topic 8: Housing

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical basis of the Australian 'welfare state';Intellectual rigour
2demonstrate knowledge of the link between the taxation and the welfare systems and how the federal government manages the economy;Knowledge of a discipline
3demonstrate an ability to identify and assist a welfare client with their problems by providing the appropriate referral and explaining the relevant law, policy or practice in the areas of welfare law studied during the unit;Knowledge of a disciplineCultural competence
4Identify and apply a range of strategies that can assist in overcoming the barriers to accessing justiceKnowledge of a discipline
5Identify and define the responsibilities and obligations of those working in the welfare field in a legal and paralegal capacity.Ethical practice

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical basis of the Australian 'welfare state';
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
  2. demonstrate knowledge of the link between the taxation and the welfare systems and how the federal government manages the economy;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. demonstrate an ability to identify and assist a welfare client with their problems by providing the appropriate referral and explaining the relevant law, policy or practice in the areas of welfare law studied during the unit;
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. Identify and apply a range of strategies that can assist in overcoming the barriers to accessing justice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. Identify and define the responsibilities and obligations of those working in the welfare field in a legal and paralegal capacity.
    • GA3: Ethical practice

Prescribed texts

  • This prescribed text is available online at http://www.legalanswers.sl.nsw.gov.au/guides/law_handbook/: Redfern Legal Centre, 2019, The Law Handbook: Your Practical Guide to the Law in New South Wales, 15th edn, Thomson Reuters (Lawbook Co), Sydney. ISBN: 9780455243689.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Structured online learning  (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Essay60%
Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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