Social policy, Development & Impact (MSWPG7210)

In a society marked by increasingly inequitable distribution of resources, social workers require skills and knowledge to interpret, critique, and shape social policy. This course provides students with foundational knowledge about how social policy influences the lives of individuals, families, communities, and how social workers and the social work profession are influenced by, and can influence, social policy. Specifically, the course focuses on: competing definitions of social policy, social welfare, and the welfare state; the role of political ideologies and values in shaping policy development, implementation and evaluation; the social construction of social problems; the inseparability of social and economic policy; historic and contemporary social policy concepts and debates; theoretical frameworks for understanding, implementing, and evaluating social policy; the central role of social policy in social work practice; and the link between social work's core values and social policy.

Credit points 15
EFTSL 0.125
Contribution band 1
For students entolled in Commonwealth Supported Place CSP), each course falls into one of three bands. The band determines the student contributuon amount (SCA) which is charged for each course. The maximum student contribution amounts are based on a standard, full-time enrolment (120 credit points per year) with courses in the same band.