Social Inclusion, Politics, Recognition

Subject SOTH90005 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 24 hours of lectures/seminars/workshops.
Total Time Commitment:

Students should expect to undertake a minimum of 120 hours research, reading, writing and general study to complete this subject successfully.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.
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Phone: 9810 3245

Subject Overview:

If social exclusion and inclusion is about more than just poverty and re-distribution, how are we to understand its social dimensions? And how do the social and economic dimensions relate - in theory, in policy, and on the ground.

The subject is about understanding the social and cultural dimensions of social inclusion, and how the social and economic dimensions of social exclusion and inclusion relate in theory, policy, and on the ground. It approaches social exclusion and inclusion through the politics of recognition, respect and re-distribution. It combines broad-ranging analysis of key social issues with conceptual understandings of social justice together with practical research skills.

  • Create within students a deep understanding of the processes of social exclusion and inclusion, the concepts of social justice and injustice, and the ways these issues relate to practical social policy and research issues today.
  • The opportunity for students to apply these skills to issues of direct practical relevance in the fields of social inclusion and social policy more broadly

• One research essay of 1000 words, on a question as guided by the subject co-ordinator, due 2 weeks after the delivery of the subject (20% total weighting for assessed students)
• One research essay of 4000 words, on a question as guided by the subject co-ordinator, due 8 weeks after the delivery of the subject. (80% total weighting for assessed students)

Prescribed Texts:

Course materials are included – a pre-reading folder, course notes, Student Services Handbook and Study Guide.

Recommended Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On completion of the subject, students will be expected to be able to demonstrate a:

  • Capacity for critical thinking and analysis
  • Capacity to apply analytical frameworks in a professional practice context
  • Research skills, based in an understanding of the importance of social, ethical and cultural contexts
  • Written and oral skills in the presentation of complex theoretical ideas in practical ways
Links to further information:
Related Course(s): Specialist Certificate in Social Policy (Social Inclusion)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Social Policy
200 Point Master of Social Policy

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