- Class Number 2851
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Simon Copland
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
- Miguel Lattz
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.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
We will also seek active feedback on how the course is going throughout the semester.
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.
Consultation times are by appointment - contact the lecturer to arrange a consultation.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction: what do we mean by social policy?|
|2||Different models of policy development|
|3||States versus markets: power and values in public policy|
|4||Interest groups and public policy||Class debates|
|5||Politics, power, and neoliberalism: Australian social policy|
|6||New forms of policy making|
|7||Campaigning for social policy||Reports due|
|8||Indigenous social policy|
|9||Communicating welfare policy|
|10||Social policy and the political process: the NDIS|
|11||Researchers and the policy process: lactation after infant death|
|12||Course overview and summary||Research essay due|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Participation in class debate||20 %||18/03/2020||25/03/2020||1, 3, 4|
|5-minute class presentation and written report (1,500w)||25 %||24/04/2020||15/05/2020||2, 3|
|Essay (3,000w)||45 %||29/05/2020||19/06/2020||1, 3, 4|
|Tutorial participation||10 %||*||*||1, 2, 3, 4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Participation in the tutorials is a critical part of SOCY 2101. As such, attendance is encouraged. Students are expected to attend lectures and participate during the in class discussions. Lectures will include small workshops. While materials for these workshops will be provided afterward and can be completed if students miss lectures, you will achieve the best learning outcomes through attendance. In tutorials, students are expected to have done the readings and be active participants in the discussions guided by the Tutor. Mere attendance in the tutorials is not sufficient participation.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
Participation in class debate
The class debates will take place in the tutorial groups. In the first tutorial you will be randomly allocated in one of the two debate groups and either affirmative or negative. You will be required to research for your topic and participate fully in the debate. The debate will be recorded and each group will have 10 minutes in total to complete the debate. Debate topics will be released on Wattle in week one of the course.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3
5-minute class presentation and written report (1,500w)
You are required to prepare a class presentation and then submit a short written report (1,500w). The presentation will be a causal discussion, and is mandatory but not assessed. The purpose of the presentation is to give students the opportunity to present their ideas and receive feedback in advance of submitting their written report. The task will require students to identify a social policy issue in Australia and make recommendations of how policy makers should address this issue. Further details will be posted on Wattle.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3, 4
You are required to write a research essay, addressing one question. You will be expected to engage with academic debate on the issue and to conduct your own research. In addition, you will be required to support your answer with a case study. The essay questions, alongside the marking rubric, will be posted on Wattle.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Participation in the tutorials is a critical part of SOCY2101. As such, attendance is encouraged. Students are expected to attend lectures and participate during the in class discussions. In tutorials, students are expected to have done the readings and be active participants in the discussions guided by the Tutor. Mere attendance in the tutorials is not sufficient participation. Your participation mark will be released after the last tutorial at the end of Semester. You will be marked on your attendance, preparation and participation within class activities. You will be able to ask for feedback on their participation throughout the semester.
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The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Work will be returned to students via Wattle.
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
There is no resubmission of assignments.
Distribution of grades policy
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Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
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- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
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- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
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