Policy Development , Program Management and Evaluation

Course code SOCS3100Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Education and ArtsSchool of Humanities and Social Science

This course is a prescribed course for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Science and is also open to all students as an elective.

This course provides an understanding of how to formulate, implement, manage and evaluate social programs and social policies by developing skills in systematic reviews, policy briefs, social audit, social impact analysis, and needs analysis in relation to real-life case studies. Includes consideration of ethical issues and development of skills in dealing with clients and institutional stakeholders.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives, research methods and debates on policy development, program management and evaluation.
2. Critically appraise and discuss the relevant literature in written and oral forms.
3. Analyse the planning, implementation and evaluation of programs and policies.
4. Effectively respond to the demands of clients, institutional stakeholders, the community and profession, particularly in terms of ethical and reflexive practice.
5. Effectively prepare a job application and undertake a job interview by being able to identify transferable experiences and skills gained through study.
ContentThis course provides a grounded examination and skill development in policy development, program management and evaluation. It contributes to the development of core skills including critical thinking and analysis, problem solving, communication skills, and commitment to ethical practice. Topics covered may include:
1. Social, Political and Economic environment: Competing perspectives and debates.
2. The nature of policy development, program management and evaluation.
3. Ethical issues: Approaches to ethical decision making.
4. Influencing policy processes and agendas.
5. Project and program design, implementation and evaluation.
6. Strategies and skills in policy development, program management and evaluation.
7. Using research methods and tools.
8. Participatory action research.
9. Resource management.
10. Practical aspects of information systems.
11. Financial management.
12. Communication and presentation of outcomes.
13. Being a reflective-practitioner in the policy, program and evaluation process.
Replacing Course(s)Not applicable.
TransitionNot applicable.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed Knowledge40 units of study at 1000 level.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)Up to five components (and a total of 5,000 words) which will be selected from the following seven types of assessment: Careers Project, a tutorial presentation and paper, contribution to tutorial discussion, a weekly quiz, an essay and a research case study. The selection of components will ensure that all course objectives are assessed.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for SOCS3100