Social Policy and Community Action
Wrestle with social policy and how it shapes social and community work. Sift through concepts including social justice, welfare and reciprocity. Track recent trends in Australia's social policies. Familiarise yourself with the policy analysis process.
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- 31 May 2021
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On successful completion of the subject you should:
- understand the ways in which social policy ideas have changed over time
- understand recent trends in Australian social policy, and the issues influencing social policy formation.
- be familiar with the ways in which concepts of 'community' shape social policy
- understand the role language plays in social policy discourse
- have developed skills in social policy analysis
- have improved research and problem-solving skills
- have improved oral and written communication skills.
- Social Policy: what do they say it is?
- Change and controversy over time
- Who, what and when?
- Policy actors and the policy cycle
- "Problem making" and causality
- "Don't think of an elephant": Language and rhetoric in social policy
- Metaphor and social policy
- Who is my neighbour? Community and values in social policy
- Sorting through the evidence
- Bringing ideas together: Making a start of policy analysis
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MUR-COD355A (Not currently available)
- MUR-COD355 (Not currently available)
Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA subjects) at Level 1 before enrolling in this subject. This subject is also equivalent to COD355 Community and Social Policy.
No special requirements
This subject was previously known as COD355A Community and Social Policy.
This subject aims to equip you with an understanding of social policy, and how the policy context shapes community‐based work. The unit focuses on the intersection between social policy and community ‐ exploring ideas about the way political philosophies and concepts of community influence social policy formation and implementation, the attributes and limitations of the way policy is made, as well as the key role played by language in the social policy discourse.
Please Note: All students studying at Murdoch University will need to complete the compulsory unit, Murdoch Academic Passport (MAP100), which only takes 2-3 hours to complete online. Find out more: http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/MurdochAcademicPassport.
Students are asked to prepare written assignments that examine particular fields of interest in the social policy field, the influence of language in social policy and to explore how theory and practice intersect. The assessments are designed to build student skills in research, social policy analysis and community-based policy development.
- Policy Case Study (30%)
- Briefing Paper (30%)
- Online discussion participation (10%)
- Essay (timed open task) (30%%)
Current study term: 30 May 21 to 29 Aug 21
Textbooks are not required.