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EDPA6018: Social Policy Process

2024 unit information

The world of policy is changing, from a centralised model to a decentralised one, in which you may be involved, at least at institutional level. Whether you work in the public, private, or third sector as an educator, social worker, civil servant or in another capacity, it is important to understand the changing world of policy. Another change that we examine is the rise of neo-liberalism and its effects on the policy process. Critics charge that policy is now framed with economic rather than social good in mind, and that the success of policies is measured by the same calculus. How is policy made, and by whom? How does Australian federalism influence the making and implementation of policy? What kinds of transnational influences affect the policy process, and to what extent? Do different countries respond to difference (class, ethnic, gender, age), in a world of increasing diversity, migration and mobility?

Unit details and rules

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Code EDPA6018
Academic unit Education
Credit points 6
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Critically analyse the politics of policy making and implementation, with different stakeholders, and competing rationales.
  • LO2. Map the interconnected nature of policy making in Australia
  • LO3. Identify the major theoretical approaches to the policy process.
  • LO4. Research the historical evolution and contemporary debates in relation to at least one specific area of social policy
  • LO5. Influence policy development through the development of policy writing and advocacy skills
  • LO6. Work individually to prepare and present a debate on a topic in class.

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Session 2 Early Census 2024
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal evening Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal evening Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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