Unit description

Considers the planning processes necessary to allocate scarce resources in an equitable and feasible way within a society. Issues of social justice and equity are discussed within the context of specific communities and across the three levels of government. Socio-demographic data are analysed and interpreted and community consultation processes are emphasised

Unit content

Topic 1: Introduction to social planning
Topic 2: Uses and limitations of social planning
Topic 3: Politics in social planning
Topic 4: Engaging with the community in social planning
Topic 5: Research skills for social planning
Topic 6: Using data and indicators in social planning
Topic 7: Applying theory to practice: case studies in social planning
Topic 8: Social innovation and enterprise: core concepts
Topic 9: Social innovation and enterprise: applications
Topic 10: Future directions in social planning.

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • Wadsworth, Y, 2011, Do It Yourself Social Research, 3rd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest. ISBN: ISBN 978 1 74237 063 7.

Session 3

  • Wadsworth, Y, 2011, Do It Yourself Social Research, 3rd edn, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest. ISBN: ISBN 978 1 74237 063 7.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)
Short written response10%


Teaching method
Structured online learning (12 weeks)
Short written response10%

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