Social Policy and Social Justice


This course will examine key concepts and theories in the field of social policy. These perspectives will be assessed against a backdrop of social justice, social inequality, and the spectre of neoliberalism. The course will also consider the effects of diminishing state responsibility in the area of social welfare and community services.



  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. To introduce students to the issues involved in social justice, social inequality and social policy.

2. To develop skills of argument analysis and critique through enhanced capabilities in oral and written forms of communication.

3. To develop tools of research inquiry and evaluation and the capacity to present conclusions in a clear and concise manner.


  1. Introduce key perspectives and debates in social policy.
  2. Explore issues and debates concerning social inequality in social justice.
  3. An appraisal of Neoliberalism in relation to Social Welfare.
  4. An analysis of class, gender, race and ethnicity in relation to social policy formation, development and implementation.

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SPSW3351. Students who have successfully completed SPSW3351 are not eligible to enrol in SOCA3351.

Assumed Knowledge

40 units at 1000 level

Assessment Items

Presentation: Presentation

Essay: Essay

Participation: Group/Tutorial Participation and Contribution

In Term Test: In Class Examination in Week 12

Contact Hours


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term