• Offered by School of Sociology
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Sociology
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Darren Halpin
    • Dr Annie Carroll
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2014
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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, 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 Assessment

Three 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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Workload

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

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

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. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution 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
1994-2003 $1164
2004 $1926
2005 $2286
2006 $2286
2007 $2286
2008 $2286
2009 $2286
2010 $2358
2011 $2424
2012 $2472
2013 $2472
2014 $2478
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $2574
2004 $2916
2005 $3132
2006 $3132
2007 $3132
2008 $3240
2009 $3240
2010 $3240
2011 $3240
2012 $3240
2013 $3240
2014 $3246
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

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

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