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WS5005 - Social Policy Analysis

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

This subject explores and critically analyses the links between social policy and human service practice. Contemporary social policy is both a field of study that examines the causes and understandings of social problems and social need, and a set of practices aimed at enhancing citizen well-being. Both concepts are examined in this subject through the critical analysis of relevant social policy issues, policy analysis frameworks and case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • recognise and articulate the values and world views inherent in different understandings of the causes and subsequent policy responses to social issues;
  • critically analyse social policy development, implementation and evaluation processes in the context of human service practice;
  • demonstrate the capacity to engage in and critically reflect on the social policy making process;
  • synthesise knowledge of key concepts, values, principles, competing models and choices as relevant to a critical analysis of social need and social policy;
  • recognise and critically analyse the role and contribution of all stakeholders in the social policy development process.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Case study analysis - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Critical appraisal/review - (30%) - Individual.
Prerequisites: Admitted to 103804 MSW(PQ) and allow concurrent enrolment in WS5516 or WS5517 OR (Admission to 103404 MSocSc)


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Hyacinth Udah.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online activity
  • 24 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

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.