SOCIAL POLICY, WELFARE AND THE STATE

SOC2SWS

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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Contemporary debates about the appropriate role of the state in the lives of its citizens form the focus of this subject. When, how and why did welfare states develop in western countries including Australia, and how can we understand these changes in the context of society and the state? A comparative approach is taken to topics such as poverty, social security (unemployment, disability, old age, etc) and the state's responsibilities in relation to society's vulnerable members (i.e. the homeless). The future of welfare states in an era of economic rationalism and globalisation is discussed. How is social policy formulated in Australian society? Who sets the agenda and in whose interests? This subject provides a framework for understanding these questions.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Moran

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

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PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects SOC3SWS

Equivalent subjectsN/A

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Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Summarise and explain a social policy area in the Australian context, using a sociological perspective

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, 2,000 word research essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research
Creative Problem-solving
Life-Long Learning
Writing
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Critical Thinking

02. Summarise sociological and related explanations of the welfare state in Australia and in other countries

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, 1,000 word essay, class assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness
Inquiry/ Research
Writing
Critical Thinking
Creative Problem-solving

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