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SCWK6948: Social Policy Frameworks

This unit aims to provide students with a sound understanding of the key institutional components of the Australian welfare system and the key issues and debates associated with the theory and practice of contemporary social policy. The target audience for this unit includes participants from a diverse range of organisations involved in human service provision. All human service work takes place in the context of social policy: social policy provides the mandate and the resources for human service work, and the activities of workers are extensively defined and shaped by social policy. In turn, human service workers are increasingly involved in the shaping of policy, or policy action. The rationale for this unit is to provide an opportunity for students to develop an advanced understanding of social policy frameworks in order to inform policy action.

Code SCWK6948
Academic unit Social Work
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate an understanding of the broad history and major debates concerning the development of welfare states
  • LO2. Demonstrate an understanding of the institutional frameworks of Australian social policy, including an understanding of the legal, administrative, financial and organisational arrangements for human service provision
  • LO3. Demonstrate a detailed understanding of the contemporary issues and debates in at least one specific area of policy and provision
  • LO4. Undertake critical analyses of a broad range of contemporary policy problems and be able to present this policy analysis in written and oral form.

Unit outlines

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