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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • This prescribed text is available online at http://www.legalanswers.sl.nsw.gov.au/guides/law_handbook/: Redfern Legal Centre, 2017, The Law Handbook: Your Practical Guide to the Law in New South Wales, 14th edn, Thomson Reuters (Lawbook Co), Sydney. ISBN: 9780455238180.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Structured online learning  (12 weeks)

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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