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SCPL2601: Australian Social Policy

In this unit of study Australian social policy is explored: the legal and administrative framework; relationships between family and the state; employment, unemployment, unpaid work and welfare; the public/private mix; aged care policies, the culture of welfare state provision, indigenous policies, migration, multiculturalism and the formulation and delivery of social welfare services in Australia.

Code SCPL2601
Academic unit
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 1000 level in Sociology or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Social Policy or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Socio-legal Studies

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

  • LO1. familiarise yourself with the key institutions and actors involved in developing social policies concerned with income support, unemployment and care in Australia
  • LO2. understand the history, development and restructuring of the Australian welfare state
  • LO3. fluently engage with current debates about the transformation of the Australian welfare state drawing on both substantive policy knowledge and sociological theory
  • LO4. understand and explain the different approaches to justice, needs and rights that underpin different policies in the contemporary and historical contexts
  • LO5. conduct analysis of substantive policy and effectively communicate this.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.