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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
By the end of this course, students should be able to:
i) Define major conceptual frameworks for social policy.
ii) Identify the interest groups and processes involved in the development of social policy.
iii) Identify and critique policy and governance frameworks relevant to critical arenas of social policy
iv) Understand the role and limitations of public policy in social change.
Indicative AssessmentThree essays of 500 words on the key concepts covered in the course (15% each) [LO 1, 3, 4]
In-class presentation (10-15 min) (10%) [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 45% [LO 1, 2, 3, 4]
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There will be one two hour lecture and one one hour tutorial every week for 13 weeks. Students will be expected to undertake a further 7 hours independent learning each week over the semester (total 130 hours).
Requisite and Incompatibility
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|8900||21 Jul 2014||01 Aug 2014||31 Aug 2014||30 Oct 2014||In Person||N/A|