Community and Social Policy - 2016

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 2
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP2
  • Assessment: Case Study (40%) , Invigilated Exam (30%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as COD355A Community and Social Policy.

This unit aims to equip students with an understanding of social policy. It will assist students to grasp the policy context that shapes social and community work. The unit focuses on the intersection between social policy and community engagement in a bid to explore how social issues make it onto the policy agenda. Students will be encouraged to consider concepts such as social justice, equity, reciprocity and welfare and how these are interpreted at a social policy level.

At the completion of this unit students will:      

  1. understand the ways in which social policy ideas have changed over time
  2. understand recent trends in Australian social policy, and the issues influencing social policy formation.
  3. be familiar with the ways in which concepts of 'community' shape social policy.
  4. understand the role language plays in social policy discourse.
  5. have developed skills in social policy analysis and writing.
  • Case Study (40%)
  • Invigilated Exam (30%)
  • Paper — Briefing Paper (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • COD355A — Community and Social Policy

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit. This unit is also equivalent to COD355 Community and Social Policy.

  • Additional materials
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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the unit
2Policy actors and policy cycle
3Theorising social policy
4Social problems and causality
5Language and rhetoric in social policy
6Language, metaphor and social policy
7The community in social policy
8The communitarian agenda
9Policy reforms
10The language of evidence
11Values based social policy
12Review of unit

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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