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WS5005 - Social Policy Analysis

[Offered in 2017 only]

Credit points: 03
Year: 2017
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

The subject explores the social and political context of social work practice; the nature of contemporary social policy formulation and the forces that influence and shape its development. This subject provides a series of frameworks and analytical tools for understanding the social policy-making process, including formulation, implementation and evaluation. Case studies are used to develop a critical understanding of differing responses to social policy issues and problems.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse the social policy formulation, implementation and evaluation process within the organisational, social and practice context;
  • demonstrate and critically reflect on the social policy-making process;
  • synthesise knowledge of key concepts, values, principles, competing models and choices appropriate to a critical analysis of social needs and social policy.


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 24-Aug-2017
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Debra Miles.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: essays (40%); online quizzes throughout the semester (30%); policy analysis report (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.