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WS5005 - Social Policy Analysis

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
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

  • develop a critical understanding of the social policy-making process;
  • develop an appreciation of the link between policy processes and the organisational and practice context;
  • develop critical skills in understanding and interpreting policy formulation, implementation and evaluation processes;
  • become familiar with a number of competing models of social policy;
  • be familiar with a range of key concepts, values, principles and choices employed in the study and analysis of social needs and social policy.


External, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2015
Coord/Lect: Dr Amanda Nickson, Professor Debra Miles.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: essays (40%); online quizzes throughout 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.