The Principles of Social Policy (SCPL2602)


This unit is essentially conceptual and theoretical, emphasising the contested principles of social policy - discourse, theories, ideas and ideologies - around which the contemporary welfare state was, is and continues to be organised, discussed and debated. This unit focuses on the application of concepts and theories in practical social policy arenas. In particular, the emphasis will be on the debated, sometimes contested, nature of concepts and theories in social policy discourses in contemporary societies.

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Further unit of study information


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


Tutorial participation (10%) and 2000wd Essay (40%) and 2000wd Take-home exercise (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


12 Junior credit points from Sociology



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.