WELF 2009 Human Rights, Human Services and the Law (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 700141

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Description This unit aims to provide knowledge of human rights issues and laws which are particularly relevant to social workers, youth workers and community welfare workers. It provides an opportunity for students to reflect upon their powers, responsibilities and obligations in professional roles and acquire skills to promote justice for disadvantaged individuals and groups through advocacy and law reform.

School Social Sciences

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 4 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 2 subject

Equivalent Subjects WELF 2008 - Human Rights Human Services and the Law

Restrictions Students must be enrolled at Western Sydney University, The College. Students enrolled in extended diplomas must pass 40 credit points from the preparatory subjects listed in the program structure prior to enrolling in this University level subject.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Identify and describe features of the Australian legal system with particular reference to NSW;
  2. Explain the legal institutions and processes which promote or undermine access to justice and law reform for disadvantaged groups in the community;
  3. Outline areas of substantive law which are particularly relevant to social work, community welfare and youth work practice;
  4. Apply advocacy skills using legal knowledge;
  5. Analyse the impact of international human rights instruments and process;
  6. Write a professional report for legal purposes.

Subject Content

- An overview of the Australian legal system with particular reference to NSW
- Human service work: legal framework for practice;
- Human service work for courts and tribunals; writing reports for legal purposes, evidence, disclosure of counselling records;
- Anti discrimination laws; guardianship laws. mental health laws;
- Criminal justice; victims of crime, disability, prisoners rights;
- Civil and administrative laws : housing, consumer protection, employment, social security, education;
- Australian and NSW law pertinent to children & families;
- Young people in the criminal justice system;
- Advocacy strategies using legal knowledge;
- The international legal framework ?Sources of international law, international courts and enforcement; examples of the development of human rights instruments;
- Indigenous human rights in Australia: constitutional and common law cases
- An overview of the Australian legal system with particular reference to NSW
- Human service work: legal framework for practice;
- Human service work for courts and tribunals; writing reports for legal purposes, evidence, disclosure of counselling records;
- Anti discrimination laws; guardianship laws. mental health laws;
- Criminal justice; victims of crime, disability, prisoners rights;
- Civil and administrative laws : housing, consumer protection, employment, social security, education;
- Australian and NSW law pertinent to children & families;
- Young people in the criminal justice system;
- Advocacy strategies using legal knowledge;
- The international legal framework ?Sources of international law, international courts and enforcement; examples of the development of human rights instruments;
- Indigenous human rights in Australia: constitutional and common law cases

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Report on Court/tribunal visit 2,200 words 30 N Individual
Tutorial activities 30 minutes x 10 weeks = 5 hours 30 N Individual
Formal examination 1,300 words 2 hours 40 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Bankstown

Day

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Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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2022 Trimester 3

Bankstown

Day

Subject Contact Paul Rouillon Opens in new window

Attendance Requirements 80% attendance rate is imposed in all core subjects’ due to the nature of class activities that are aligned with subject assessments.

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