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.
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?
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
GA1: Intellectual rigour,
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:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||identify some of the central issues in social policy development and analysis||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||explain how different philosophical perspectives on social responsibility shape the policy process||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||Intellectual rigour||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||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|5||describe how policies directly and indirectly impinge on practitioners in their workplaces||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
|6||critically examine a specific area of social policy.||Intellectual rigour||Creativity||Knowledge of a discipline|
- McClelland, A & Smyth, P, 2014, Social Policy in Australia: Understanding for Action , 3rd edn, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, Victoria. ISBN: 9780195526868.