• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Policy and Governance
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
Social Policy, Society and Change (POGO8024)

This course focuses on the social policy experience of countries in the majority world, aiming to introduce participants to the ideas and institutions that shape social policy and the drivers for change. 

The course is divided into four broad streams.  The first explores the purpose of social policy, recognising that social policy operates within broad community and social structures.  The theories and philosophies that underlie social policy will also be examined within this stream.  The second stream asks what determines the nature of a country's social welfare system.  For example, what is the influence of different institutional arrangements (ie: federalism vs unitary states), and different cultural, historical or religious traditions.  The third stream identifies the key actors involved in developing social policy priorities and delivering services, exploring the relationship between them.  The fourth stream examines the drivers of change in social policy, asking under what circumstances does social policy change (ie: demographic shifts; economic and/or social crisis; regime change) and what role do NGOs and communities play in driving change?

Indicative Assessment

Essay 50%, In-class quiz 20%, Tutorial assignments 30%

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

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you 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). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $4110
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $5880
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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