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 Issues and dimensions of social policy
Topic 2 Social policy in Australia - Then and Now
Topic 3 Governance and social policy
Topic 4 Income security and poverty
Topic 5 The labour market and unemployment
Topic 6 Health Policy
Topic 7 Education Policy
Topic 8 Family Policy
Topic 9 Population and citizenship policy
Topic 10 Social policy - Future issues

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

  • No prescribed texts.

Session 3

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Workshop on-site 3 hours (12 weeks)


Teaching method
Structured online learning 3 hours (12 weeks)

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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