This course introduces students to the community and human services through examining the purpose of the sector and its role in society. Students will explore the historical and political context of community services and how this impacts upon contemporary human service practice. This course analyses various areas and fields of practice and the range of professional roles which exist. Students will then go on to consider key principles of human service practice which will lay the foundation for their future studies, including ethical and professional responsibilities. In this course, students will also begin to reflect upon themselves and their own values and how this may impact upon their professional practice.