Come face-to-face with different aspects of social policy, such as welfare, education and health. Try your hand at writing policy briefs.Wade through policies from Australia, Sweden and the US and begin to understand how and why they were developed.
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
This subject was previously known as SGY881 Developing Social Policy.
This subject introduces and advances major topics in Australian social policy – the policies that governments make to improve individual and public welfare. The idea of social policy can be narrow, involving giving cash benefits and social services to the most needy. But our understanding of social policy might be broader, and encompass the provision of social infrastructure – health, housing and education services. Sometimes, social policy can be 'disguised' in other policies entirely, such as the policy of life-long employment, minimum wages in Australia, and guaranteed prices for food staples. This semester, we apply different analytical lenses to understanding social policy and welfare state development. The subject has three parts. The first part engages with key theories about the politics and economics of social policy. The second part turns to the issue of understanding welfare state development and change. The third part examines the political and social dynamics of contemporary social policy. Across the semester, we will situate Australian social policymaking in international perspective to highlight what is unique and what is similar with the experiences of other countries.