Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


This foundation course explores social issues and social problems and critically analyses government and community welfare responses. This involves analysing programs, policies and interventions which deal with contemporary social issues and includes case studies from some of the following areas: children and families, youth, disability, alcohol and drug dependency, sexuality and gender, ageing, social exclusion and marginalisation.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Semester 2 - 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

1. Critically analyse the construction of social issues and social problems.

2. Explore government and community welfare responses to identified problems.

3. Understand the policy making process, how history informs current policy, the structure(s) within which policy is located, and how to participate in the policy making and social change process.

4. Develop an awareness of social, professional and personal values, how they differ across cultures, class and social contexts, and their influences on individual and community responses to issues.

5. Demonstrate skills in writing academic essays, reports, tutorial presentations, research, theoretical and methodological skills.


  1. Major Frameworks and competing explanations.
  2. Methods of Intervention.
  3. Social actors in social problems.
  4. The Government and corporate power.
  5. World population and global inequality.
  6. Urban problems: Social disorganisation and exclusion.
  7. Threats to the environment.
  8. Problems of inequality including poverty and wealth; race and ethnicity; gender, sexualities and sexual practices; age; the economy of work;education; families and intimate relationships; health care and medicine; crime and delinquency; substance abuse;
  9. Evaluating social programs.
  10. Strategies and tools for social change.

Assumed knowledge

SPSW1001 Australian Welfare Policy or equivalent. This course is not available to students enrolled in Bachelor of Social Work

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essays/Written Assignments

Presentation: Individual Presentations