Foundations of Social Policy

Subject 166-516 (2008)

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Credit Points: 25.000
Level: Graduate/Postgraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2008:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Admission to the Master of Criminology one year program, Master of Criminal Justice Poliyc 100-point program, or fourth-year Honours/Postgraduate Diploma in Sociology
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Paul Smyth
Subject Overview:

The subject engages with contemporary theories of social inclusion and capital with an emphasis on networks and their role in community strengthening, community building and regional economic development. The subject also engages in the role these strategies have in larger projects of social policy reform such as the Third Way, the Partnership movement and "joined-up" government. The subject will engage in specific social policy issues (health, housing, welfare, employment etc) as a means to investigate the use of social capital and network analysis techniques.

Assessment: An essay of 2000 words 20% (due early in semester), take home paper of 3000 words based on weekly seminar material 30% (due at end of semester) and a 5000 word project 50% (due in examination period).
Prescribed Texts: Prescribed Texts:A key text will be available
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • have developed research skills, through the competent use of library and other information sources, and the definition of areas of inquiry and methods of research;

  • have developed an understanding of the social, ethical and cultural contexts of research;

  • have developed critical thinking and analysis skills, through recommended READING, essay writing, and seminar discussion, and by determining the strength of an argument;

  • have developed skills in written and oral communication, time management and planning, and group work, through completion of course requirements;

  • have developed the capacity to think in theoretical terms, through class requirements and engagement with theories and methods of the social sciences;

  • have developed the capacity to think creatively, through course work and course discussion, and by critical analysis of competing arguments.

Related Course(s): Master of Arts (Policy Studies)(Advanced Seminars & Shorter Thesis)
Master of Criminology (CWT)
Master of Development Studies(CWT)
Master of Social Health (Health Policy)
Master of Social Policy
Master of Urban Planning
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (Sociology)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Sociology)

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