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Unit description

Introduces the fundamental issue of social policy in welfare practice. Issues of inequality and social policymaking, implementation and analysis are covered. Students are guided to critically analyse one specific social policy in its historical, political and social welfare context.

Unit content

Topic 1: Social Policy: An Introduction 
Topic 2: The Politics of Social Policy 
Topic 3: Researching Social Policy
Topic 4: Population Policy 
Topic 5: Social Security Policy 
Topic 6: Housing Policy
Topic 7: Health Policy
Topic 8: Education Policy
Topic 9: Community Services 
Topic 10: Welfare State or Post-Welfare State? 

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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1identify some of the central issues in social policy development and analysisKnowledge of a discipline
2explain how different philosophical perspectives on social responsibility shape the policy processKnowledge of a discipline
3explain the relationship between social policy and the pursuit of social justice, as well as the impact of power relationships on gender, age, ethnicity, and socio-economic classIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
4examine the influence of policies on the structure of Australian society, the wellbeing of Australians, and people's ability to respond to structurally-based impositions on their livesIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
5describe how policies directly and indirectly impinge on practitioners in their workplacesIntellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline
6critically examine a specific area of social policy.Intellectual rigourCreativityKnowledge of a discipline

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. identify some of the central issues in social policy development and analysis
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  2. explain how different philosophical perspectives on social responsibility shape the policy process
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. explain the relationship between social policy and the pursuit of social justice, as well as the impact of power relationships on gender, age, ethnicity, and socio-economic class
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. examine the influence of policies on the structure of Australian society, the wellbeing of Australians, and people's ability to respond to structurally-based impositions on their lives
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  5. describe how policies directly and indirectly impinge on practitioners in their workplaces
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  6. critically examine a specific area of social policy.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA2: Creativity
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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