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Policy in Social Context (11248.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society


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Policy in Social Context expands students' knowledge of developments in the field of public policy and the impact of policy on people. Focusing on contemporary policy problems, students will define, analyse and apply these theoretical lenses against the background of a range of societal influences. The unit examines the complexities of the policy process in its political and social context. This subject will engage students in the analysis and evaluation of both the policy process and social policy outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Explain and evaluate the key theories and concepts developed by public policy scholars for understanding the policy process;

2. Evaluate the effectiveness of the policy processes in Australia;

3. Examine and evaluate a range of contemporary social policy issues;

4. Apply theories to real world policy scenarios to critically examine the ways in which policy is created and applied in context;

5. Collaborate on a policy analyses, utilising research and referencing and communicate the results effectively in writing; and

6. Reflect upon their unit experience, including theories, discussions and feedback, and how it relates to the goals set out in their professional portfolio.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour tutorial on campus per week.


Must have completed 24 credit points AND
11235 Introduction to Politics and Government OR 11378 Introduction to Public Policy.



Assumed Knowledge


Incompatible Units


Equivalent Units

7534 Social Policy: Government, Wealth and Welfare 8716 Civil Society: Politics and Policy

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