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Social Policy: Government, Wealth and Welfare (7534.5)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 2 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra School of Politics, Economics and Society



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    The unit develops abilities in policy analysis by comparing Australia's social policy environment, processes and performance with those of selected countries. A multi-disciplinary and problem-centred approach is adopted that takes into account sociology, economics, political science and demography. Problem areas examined include the trade-offs between poverty, equality, efficiency and liberty; the growing impact of long-term unemployment; the design and operation of social welfare systems; and the dilemmas of health policy.

    Learning Outcomes


    1 developed a working knowledge of key concepts and ideas in the study of social policy, including the role of ideology, values and theory.

    2 demonstrated an understanding of social policy processes in Australia.

    3 reflected critically on a range of contemporary social policy issues.

    4 demonstrated the capacity to research, present and critically reflect on social policy issues.

    5 engaged in discussions on the complexities of researching and resolving social policy issues.

    6 demonstrated UC graduate attributes, in particular the ability to persuasively communicate positions on social policy, and think independently.

    Assessment Items

    Contact Hours

    Three hours per week.


    675 Politics and Democracy OR 9548 Introduction to Politics OR 8296 Introduction to Politics and Government OR 9549 Introduction to Western Political Thoughts OR 6606 Government-Business Relations OR 6607 Introductory Sociology

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