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GCST3634: The Social Life of Policy

This unit explores the idea of public policy as a major cultural force which shapes the way we live, how we are socially categorised, how we act, who and what we can become. Students also learn how they might influence public policy and of alternatives to policy for enacting social change.

Code GCST3634
Academic unit Gender and Cultural Studies
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Gender and Cultural Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Diversity Studies

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate a detailed familiarity with and critical understanding of core cultural studies theories, objects and approaches, by situating policy as historically distinct socio-cultural phenomena. A B C D F
  • LO2. Use Cultural Studies techniques to decode the sources, validity and currency of social policy declaratives as these differentially apply along raced, classed, gendered and species-centric categories. A B C D E
  • LO3. Apply critical analysis, collaborative peer inquiry and transdisciplinary research skills, using material drawn from a variety of sources, including media, film, literature, and official government policy. B D E F
  • LO4. Build on skills required for policy analysis within applied settings; enhanced their ability to articulate social policy objectives; and exhibit greater knowledge and understanding of the possibilities and limits of government action in liberal democratic systems. A B C F

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