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DA9793B Social and Community Services 1

  • Unit Code & NameDA9793B Social and Community Services 1
  • DescriptionThis unit will explore the theology and practice of social and community services as an expression of holistic Christian mission.

    Structural disadvantage and social issues will be examined, particularly as they relate to the delivery of contemporary social services in an Australian context. A community development framework will be applied and utilised to address complex social needs, ensuring theological, ethical and practical issues are considered.
  • FieldD - Theology: Mission and Ministry
  • DisciplineDA - Mission and Ministry
  • Unit Points24
  • LevelPostgraduate Elective
  • Semester2, 2019
  • Delivery ModeOnline
  • Prerequisites15 points post-graduate foundational in Field D, or equivalent
  • Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials, online videos, online meetings, class discussions, discussion boards
  • Assessments1 x 2,000 word seminar paper - 40%
    1 x 4,000 word essay - 60%
  • Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:

    1. Analyse a theological basis for Christian engagement in social service provision
    2. Articulate a broad understanding of structural disadvantage in a range of contemporary Australian social issues
    3. Discuss some of the ethical concerns that are associated with the delivery of social and community services
    4. Analyse ways in which a commitment to social justice can be practically demonstrated using a specific model
    5. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of community development principles in planning, managing and evaluating social and community services
    6. Discuss the historical development of welfare services in Australia and the role played by church charities and Christian faith-based welfare agencies.