Coffs HarbourSession 2Session 2
Gold CoastSession 2Session 2
OnlineSession 2Session 2

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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 2

  • McClelland, A & Smyth, P, 2014, Social Policy in Australia: Understanding for Action , 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria. ISBN: 9780195526868.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours  (12 weeks )
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks )

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Tutorial on-site 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Lecture on-site 1 hour (12 weeks)


Teaching method
Tutorial online 1.5 hours (12 weeks )
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)

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