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:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Define major conceptual frameworks for social policy.
- Identify the interest groups and processes involved in the development of social policy.
- Identify and critique policy and governance frameworks relevant to critical arenas of social policy
- Interpret the role and limitations of public policy in social change.
Indicative AssessmentParticipation in class debate, 20% (25 mins in total) Learning Outcomes 1,3,4
Written report, 1500 words (25%) based on a class presentation (presentation is ungraded, does not count for assessment) Learning Outcomes 1,2,4
Major assignment (essay), 45% (3000 words) Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4
Tutorial participation, 10% Learning Outcomes 1,2,3,4
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Workload130 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.
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