Comparative Social Policy

Subject SOCI90003 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

November, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 09-Nov-2016 to 16-Nov-2016
Assessment Period End 26-Jan-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Nov-2016
Census Date 25-Nov-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 06-Jan-2017

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Contact Hours: 25 hours, comprising seminars, smaller group workshops, and excursions, delivered as an intensive over the period of one week (Off Campus)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours in total


Please Note:

An application process applies.

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

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Assoc Prof John Francis Murphy, Dr Irma Mooi-Reci


Professor John Murphy:

Dr. Irma Mooi-Reci:

Subject Overview:

This subject uses a comparative approach to analyse key areas of contemporary social policy, with a focus on the reform strategies that emerged over the 1990s. The subject examines the different social policy responses that have characterised these strategies, and considers ways of evaluating policy models in key areas. It engages with social policy in Australia, Europe and North America, emerging social policy in Asia, as well as with the increasing role of international organizations. The subject focuses on key policy areas, drawn from family policy, health policy, employment policy, ageing and urban policies. Elements of the subject will be presented in conjunction with Gadjah Mada Universitas in Indonesia.

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this subjects student should:

  • be able to develop comparative analysis of continuity and change in social policy;
  • have a knowledge of comparative studies of contemporary welfare regimes;
  • be able to critically assess the role of international organisations in social policy.
  • A research essay of 1500 words (30%) due 3 weeks after teaching concludes,
  • A research essay of 3500 words (70%) due 8 weeks after teaching concludes.

Hurdle requirement: As this is an Intensively-taught subject, Lecture/Seminar attendance is compulsory for all classes. All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject students should:

  • be able demonstrate critical thinking and analytic skills, through research and written communication;
  • be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically, both orally and in writing;
  • be able to display awareness and understanding of the social, ethical and cultural contexts of research and of our place as researchers.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Social Policy
150 Point Master of Social Policy
200 Point Master of Social Policy
Graduate Certificate in Arts (Advanced) - Sociology
Graduate Diploma in Arts (Advanced) - Public Policy and Management
Graduate Diploma of Arts (Advanced) - Sociology
PD-ARTS Public Policy and Management
PD-ARTS Sociology
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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