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WS3214 - Developmental Approaches to Eco-Social Justice

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts & Social Sciences

Focusing on community and social development approaches to practice, this subject explores the concept of eco-social justice and its importance in social welfare practice. Global environmental issues are identified and analysed with an emphasis on their impact at the local level. Responses to these issues at both local and wider levels are then explored, drawing on community and social development frameworks. This includes developing specific strategies for practice at the local level while recognising the globalised context of eco-social issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Locate a personal world-view within the dominant modernist paradigm and assess the implications of this world-view for professional practice;
  • Identify key global environmental issues and articulate the connections between these issues and the traditional concerns of social welfare;
  • Compare current social welfare theories advocating a person-in-environment perspective, with an expanded ecological perspective that incorporates a consideration of the non-human world;
  • Describe and critique the foundational principles of an eco-social justice approach to social welfare;
  • Identify and evaluate the key features of community and social development approaches to social welfare practice.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences;
  • The ability to work with people of different gender, age, ethnicity, culture, religion and political persuasion;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to select and use appropriate tools and technologies;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
WS3014 WS4510


Cairns, Study Period 2, Limited
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Face to face teaching 22-Sep-2012 to 24-Sep-2012 (3 day oncampus workshop on Cairns campus)
Workload expectations:
  • 24 hours workshops/Seminars - 3 day oncampus workshop in Cairns
Assessment: (30% - 50%); (50% - 70%).

Mackay, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Peter Jones
Workload expectations:
  • 14 hours tutorials
Assessment: (30% - 50%); (50% - 70%).

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 23-Aug-2012
Coordinator: Dr Peter Jones
Workload expectations:
  • 13 hours lectures
  • 24 hours tutorials
Assessment: (30% - 50%); (50% - 70%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.