Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course examines how place-based social planning is influenced by wider social policy and how it interacts with community engagement at the regional and local level. Students will develop knowledge and skills in social planning techniques and practices and will explore aspects including locational disadvantage, community development and the relation to other professions, and the relevance of ecological sustainability to the social services sector



  • Semester 1 - 2022


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Describe key concepts related to regional social policy and planning and show their relevance to human services concerns and purposes.

2. Distinguish between different levels of government and their responsibilities in relation to social policy and planning at a regional level.

3. Research and then communicate the current circumstances of different groups of people in a specific location and the impact of regional social policy and planning on human services responses to these people.

4. Use research and analysis to participate in community engagement or lobbying in relation to a location-specific social issue. environmental quality, political processes and cultural experience

5. Reflect on experience in this course to extend learning.


The course will include the following topics:

  • Social policy and its impact at a regional level
  • Regionalism;                                   
  • Ecologically sustainable development;
  • Relevant legislative and policy frameworks;
  • Social planning structures and processes;
  • Demographics and mapping;
  • Social impact assessment;
  • Integrating social, economic and environmental planning at local level;
  • Social capital and citizen participation;
  • Community development and capacity-building.


If you have successfully completed SPSW3070 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

SWRK1001 (formerly SWRK1010) and SWRK2001 (formerly SWRK2100) or HUSE1001 and HUSE1002

Assessment items

Quiz: Online quiz (20%)

Written Assignment: Written assignment - formative (20%)

Project: Cooperative group project (30%)

Report: Written assignment - summative (30%)

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks starting in week 1

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.