Social Policy

Social Policy

Minor

A minor in Social Policy requires 36 credit points from this table including:
(i) 12 credit points of 1000-level selective units
(ii) 6 credit points of 2000-level core units
(iii) 6 credit points of 2000-level selective units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level core units
(iv) 6 credit points of 3000-level selective units

1000 level units of study

SCLG1001 Introduction to Sociology 1

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1,Summer Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x500wd review exercise (10%), 1x1500wd essay (35%), 1x1500wd take home assessment (35%), 1x1000wd equiv discussion posts (20%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How does society shape the world we live in? What influences interactions between people in everyday life? Why is society structured the way it is, and is change possible? By delving into diverse topics such as discrimination and inequality to family life and friendship, this unit introduces the conceptual tools sociologists use to explain the world.
SCLG1002 Introduction to Sociology 2

Credit points: 6 Session: Intensive July,Semester 2,Summer Main Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x1000wd annotated bibliography (20%), 1x1750wd take-home exercise (35%), 1x1750wd research essay (35%), participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In a rapidly changing world, how do we make sense of current social and political problems effectively? By exploring sociological concepts in creative ways, this unit gives students the tools to analyse, research and respond to real world issues such as globalisation, crime, social justice, community breakdown, and racial, sexual and indigenous inequality.
SLSS1001 Introduction to Socio-Legal Studies

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: 1x300wd short writing task (10%), 1x200wd online quiz (5%), 1x2000wd report (35%), 1x2hr exam (40%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides students with an introduction to the understanding of legal ideas, institutions and practices in their social and historical contexts. It will provide an historical overview of legal institutions and forms of law in Australia, the place of the idea of the rule of law in state-formation, liberalism, processes of civilisation and colonialism, law and the public/private distinction, changing conceptions of human rights, as well as outlining the central features of the various fields of law.
SLSS1003 Law and Contemporary Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lectures/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Assessment: Tutorial participation (10%), 1x500wd short essay (10%), 1x2000wd essay (40%), 1x2hr exam (40%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit provides an understanding of the central themes and issues in social scientific analyses of the operation of law in society. After briefly outlining the various ways in which social life is organised in terms of law, the unit will examine a range of key concerns in the development of legal ideas, institutions and processes today, including the increasing legal regulation of private life, law and science, human rights, the globalisation of law, terrorism, risk and security, law and social inequality and citizenship.

2000 level units of study

Core
SCPL2601 Australian Social Policy

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Sociology or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Social Policy or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Socio-legal Studies Prohibitions: SCPL3001 Assessment: 1x1500wd Essay (35%) , 1x2000wd Take-home exercise (45%), 1x450wd equivalent participation in on-line discussions (10%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
In this unit of study Australian social policy is explored: the legal and administrative framework; relationships between family and the state; employment, unemployment, unpaid work and welfare; the public/private mix; aged care policies, the culture of welfare state provision, indigenous policies, migration, multiculturalism and the formulation and delivery of social welfare services in Australia.
Selective
SCPL2602 Understanding Social Policy

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Sociology or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Social Policy Prohibitions: SCPL3002 Assessment: 1x1000wd Tutorial reflection (10%), 1x1500wd Essay (40%), 1x2000wd Take-home exercise (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
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.
SCPL2604 Comparative Social Policy

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Social Policy or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Sociology Prohibitions: SCLG2509 or SCLG2611 Assessment: 1x 1000wd equivalent Presentation (10%), 1x 1500wd Research essay (40%), 1x 2000wd Take-home exercise (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit examines how industrialised countries manage social risks and how welfare policies can be meaningfully compared. By exploring theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of social policy, it investigates key principles underpinning social policies in a variety of countries, and how we can best explain differences between them.
CRIM2602 Crime, Punishment and Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2x1hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week. Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 1000 level in Criminology or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Social Policy or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Socio-legal Studies or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Sociology Prohibitions: SCLG2634 or SCLG2566 Assessment: 1x 1000wd Reflective Essay (20%), 1x 2000wd Research Essay (40%), 1x 1500wd Take Home Exercise (30%), x Tutorial Participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores key features of criminal justice processes and practices, with a critical examination of policing, sentencing, punishment and prison in their historical, social, political and cultural contexts. It considers a range of related concepts and issues, including the expansion of punishment in society and post-release life.

3000 level units of study

Core
SCPL3604 Making Social Policy

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x3hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Social Policy or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Diversity Studies Assessment: 1x1000wd class presentation (10%), 1x1500wd Essay (40%), 1x2000wd research proposal (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
How and why do some ideas about social justice, distribution and inequality get translated into social policy while others do not? This unit explores concepts that feature prominently in the contemporary configuration of welfare states. It examines how key social policy ideas are translated (or not) into policy practice and the conditions under which these ideas become materialised and changed over time. Through the use of case studies, students are given the opportunity to explore the policy dynamics that underpin the emergence, development and demise of social policies.
Selective
SCPL3605 East Asian Social Policy

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x3hr seminar/week Prerequisites: 12 Credit points at 2000 level in Social Policy Prohibitions: SCPL2603 Assessment: 1x1500wd Essay (40%), 1x2000wd Take home exercise (50%), 1x 1000wd equivalent Class presentation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores the emergence and the development of welfare systems in East Asia. It interrogates the nature of emerging social risks and the ways in which East Asian countries manage these risks. The unit also evaluates how successful they are and whether there is anything unique about their way of doing social policy.
SCPL3606 Globalisation, Policy and Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 2hr lecture/week, 1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Social Policy or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Sociology Assessment: 1x 500 Oral Presentation (10%), 1x 1500 Reflective Journal (40%), 1x 2500 Research Essay (50%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit frames debates about social policy, delivery of public goods, and human wellbeing in relation to processes of globalisation. Drawing on sociological and interdisciplinary perspectives, it focuses on social policy issues and responses, including governance, regulation and service delivery at local, national, regional and global levels.
SCLG3610 Sociology, Power and Violence

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Sociology Prohibitions: SCLG2607 or SCLG2618 or SCLG2621 or SCLG2630 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
SCLG3611 Space, Place and Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in the Sociology major Prohibitions: SCLG2616 or SCLG2617 or SCLG2626 Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
SCLG3702 Quantitative Methods

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 2 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr lab/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Sociology Prohibitions: SCLG2632 or SCLG3603 Assessment: 1x1000wd Homework problem (40%), 1x500wd equivalent Group presentation (10%), 1x2hr Final Exam (40%), Tutorial participation (10%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit enables students to acquire skills in a range of quantitative research methods in the social sciences. They learn about censuses and surveys as foundational methods of quantitative research, then move to statistical analyses of quantitative data. No prior university-level mathematical training is assumed, though a basic grasp of simple algebra acquired through upper-level study of maths at high school is expected.
SLSS3603 Social Justice, Law and Society

Credit points: 6 Session: Semester 1 Classes: 1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week Prerequisites: 12 credit points at 2000 level in Socio-Legal Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Social Policy Prohibitions: SCLG2605 or SCLG2017 or SCLG2536 Assessment: 1x1000wd short answer questions (30%), 1x1000wd equiv presentation (15%), 1x2500wd research paper (55%) Mode of delivery: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
This unit explores different theoretical perspectives on social justice relating to income and wealth distribution, identity, social recognition, law and rights. It applies these to contemporary examples, including income and wealth disparities, race and gender inequality, disability rights, the environment and treatment of non-human animals.