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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Former School/College

Former School of Law and Justice

Unit aim

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: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 demonstrate knowledge of the philosophical basis of the Australian 'welfare state'; Intellectual rigour
2 demonstrate knowledge of the link between the taxation and the welfare; systems and how the federal government manages the economy; 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; Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
4 Identify and apply a range of strategies that can assist in overcoming the barriers to accessing justice 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. 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

  • Redfern Legal Centre, 2012, The Law Handbook: Your Practical Guide to the Law in New South Wales, 12th edn, Thomson Reuters (Lawbook Co), Sydney. ISBN: 9780455229393.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.