Social Policy and Social Justice

Course code SOCA3351Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

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.

Available in 2014

OurimbahSemester 1
Objectives1. 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.
Content1. 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)Replacing SPSW3351 Social Policy and Social Justice
TransitionStudents who have completed SPSW3351 are not eligible to enrol in this course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units at 1000 level
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay: due the week following the seminar presentation. 2000 words, worth 30%
Examination: Formal50%
Group/tutorial participation and contributionSeminar participation and contribution, 10%

Seminar participation and attendance is based upon evidence of completion of assigned reading tasks, informed discussion on weekly topics, ability to present opinions relevant to critical analysis of the reading set for each week.
Other: (please specify)Seminar presentation of 500 words, 10%
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for SOCA3351