The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2018

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the 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. Demonstrate via analysis of a case study their understanding of course concepts.

5. Effectively respond to the demands of clients, institutional stakeholders, the community and profession, particularly in terms of ethical and reflexive practice.


This 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. Resource management.

9. Practical aspects of information systems.

10. Financial management.

11. Being a reflective-practitioner in the policy, program and evaluation process.

Assumed knowledge

40 units of study at 1000 level.

Assessment items

Quiz: Quizzes

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Written Assignment: Written paper - Tutorial discussion questions

Participation: Class Participation

Contact hours

Callaghan and Ourimbah


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term