• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Academic career Undergraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Aino Suomi
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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Social scientists are concerned not just with identifying and describing social issues, but with engaging in research and policy action which seek to improve the conditions under which we live.  Participation in the process of social policy development provides the mechanism through which change can occur. But such change is hardly straight forward or rational. While countless people make daily demands on the public purse for social change, some interests are progressed over others.  How can this be so? This course is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required to effectively analyse and participate in the policy process.

Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1) Define major conceptual frameworks for social policy.

2) Identify the interest groups and processes involved in the development of social policy.

3) Identify and critique policy and governance frameworks relevant to critical arenas of social policy

4) Understand the role and limitations of public policy in social change.


Indicative Assessment

Three essays of 750 words on the key concepts covered in the course, with in-class presentation (15% each) [LO 1, 3, 4]

Essay of 3,000 words in which students choose an Australian government social policy and apply the concepts learned in the course 55%  [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]

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Workload

130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and, b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level SOCY or POLS courses; or permission of the convenor

Prescribed Texts

TBA

Majors

Minors

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $2856
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4080
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3626 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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