Not currently available in 2020

Unit description

Develops students' knowledge and skills in policy work, recognising that social workers are policy actors and able to participate in a range of policy making activities, which impact on the lives of clients and communities. Explores contemporary social policy in respect of a number of key social work fields of practice. Develops knowledge and skills in community work practice and activism.

Unit content

1. Overview of the historical and political development of the Australian welfare state.

2. Theoretical models of policy development.

3. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: disability.

4. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: housing.

5. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: mental health.

6. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: child protection and out of home care.

7. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: domestic and family violence.

8. Contemporary social policy across key areas of practice: immigration.

9. Exploring community activism and social work practice.


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

Teaching and assessment


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 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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