Course Title: Analyse sociological factors on clients community work and services

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2015

Course Code: HUSO5205C

Course Title: Analyse sociological factors on clients community work and services

School: 365T Global, Urban & Social Studies

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5330 - Diploma of Community Services Work

Course Contact : Zaina Nehme

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4552

Course Contact Email:zainaindira.nehme@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Julian Silverman: +61 3 9925 4578

julian.silverman@rmit.edu.au

Anne Fitzpatrick: +61 3 9925 0329

anne.fitzpatrick@rmit.edu.au
 

Nominal Hours: 100

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Not applicable

Course Description

This course describes the application of knowledge of the broad social and cultural context in which work is planned and implemented in the community services industry. This course will prepare workers to better understand their client groups and issues that impact on the lives of their clients and hence on their delivery of services. The application of knowledge and skills described in this course relate to functioning independently to plan and undertake community work and associated services.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

CHCLD514B Analyse impacts of sociological factors on clients community work and services

Element:

1. Identify social and cultural issues impacting on Australian society

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Identify major social and cultural institutions in Australian society and their functions in society
1.2 Describe ways major institutions in Australian society can impact communities, families and individuals
1.3 Examine aspects of inequality in society and identify possible effects and consequences of conditions and experiences of inequality on communities, families and individuals
1.4 Identify impacts of long term unemployment and associated issues on families and individuals
1.5 Identify factors associated with age in Australian society and their impact on communities, families and individuals
1.6 Identify factors associated with social, cultural and economic background and their impact on communities, families and individuals

Element:

2. Analyse impacts of social and cultural factors

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Use available information to identify social and cultural factors impacting on individual clients, groups or communities
2.2 Analyse current effects related to social and cultural factors impacting on individual clients, groups or communities
2.3 Take a problem solving approach to clarify current health and well being and associated needs for individual clients, groups or communities
2.4 Make informed decisions in relation to specific work to be undertaken and/or services to be provided

Element:

3. Monitor impact of social and cultural factors on community work and services

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Monitor impact of work undertaken and/or services provided in line with scope of own work role and organisation policies and procedures
3.2 Review effectiveness of work undertaken and/or services provided in relation to identified social and cultural factors impacting on clients, groups or communities
3.3 If required, revise aspects work undertaken and/or services provided to better address social and cultural issues and enhance outcomes clients, groups or communities


Learning Outcomes


On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate competency in the above elements.


Details of Learning Activities

The learning activities for this course will be supported and complemented by RMIT’s learning management tool "Blackboard". Other essential learning activities will take place during the workshops, and you will also be required to undertake independent studies. Some of the learning activities that you will undertake are:

  • Group Work
  • Discussion of visual materials 
  • Analysis of readings
  • Newspaper article discussions
  • Questions and answers 
  • Research activities


Teaching Schedule

This course has been grouped for delivery and is part of a cluster called: Working in Community. The other courses forming this cluster are: CHCCD514B Implement community development strategies and CHCAD504B Provide advocacy and representation services

ClassTopicContent
1Introduction to Sociology
  • An introduction to Sociological factors
2Sociological Factors and impact on the community
  • Sociological factors in Australian society
  • Four Corners - On the brink video - Newstart and living in poverty
  • Impact of Sociological factors (e.g.: unemployment, housing, poverty)
  • Impact of sociological factors on the community
  • Impact of sociological factors on services
3Introduction to models of community development: working with individuals and groups to identify collective issues
  • What is community development?
  • Theories of community development
  • Key principles of community development
  • Planning a community development project
4Working with community groups to establish collaborative processes
  • Developing a funding application:
  • Identifying relevant models of work that may address group issues and needs
  • Facilitating community participation
  • Engaging key stakeholders in planning, implementing and evaluating strategies for community empowerment and action
5Strengthening community capacity and supporting group processes and skills development
  • Resourcing successful group and community work strategies and activities
  • Assisting in facilitation of effective group meetings to enhance outcomes
6Reflect on our community development practice
  • Work with stakeholders and participants to monitor our community development practice
  • Work with stakeholders and participants to effectively evaluate our community development practice
7Advocacy
  • What is advocacy?
  • Impacts of advocacy on the community
  • Planning a project with the community
  • Community consultation
  • Consulting with your organisation and local organisations to support the - developing partnerships
8Community Development and Advocacy
  • Advocacy - understanding the issues impacting on the community and community services delivery, including policy development and - bringing about change to reflect the communities’ interests
  • Individual and systemic advocacy
9Community Development and Advocacy
  • Working with local organisations and networks
  • Representing the community, representing the organisation
10In class assessment tasks 


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts

No prescribed textbook required.


References


Other Resources

You will be provided with the resources and tools for learning in this course. These resources will also be available through Blackboard. You will also have access to the resources in the library.
 


Overview of Assessment

Assessment for this course is based on written responses to questions regarding relevant social and cultural issues impacting on the Australian society and their link to community services practice. Also an evaluation of the issues impacting on a local community including their access to responsive community services.


Assessment Tasks

For this course you will be required to complete the tasks below:

Assessment task 1 - Social and cultural issues impacting on Australian society: for this task you will be required to identify social and cultural issues present in the Australian society and respond to written questions about the impact that these issues have on the health and wellbeing of Australians.

Assessment task 2 - Social and cultural issues impacting on the community and their access to community services: for this task you will be required to respond to written questions about the social and cultural issues impacting on local community members including their access to responsive services .


Assessment Matrix

This course is delivered in accordance with competency-based assessment, grades include:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did Not Submit for assessment

Other Information

Assessment Tasks Submission Cover Sheet
You must complete a submission cover sheet for every piece of submitted work, including online submissions. This signed sheet acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications.

Attendance
It is strongly advised that you attend all workshops in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity to gain the competency.

Feedback
You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your competency. Information regarding student feedback can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=9pp3ic9obks7

Student Progress
Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. The Student progress policy can be found at:
http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=vj2g89cve4uj1

Special consideration Policy (Late Submission)
All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level. If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Information regarding application for special consideration can be found at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=g43abm17hc9w

Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. For more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity Web site: http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=kw02ylsd8z3n

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