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.

FacultyFaculty 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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Melbourne, 2014, Semester 1, Day


Online enrolmentYes

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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Moran

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
one 1,400-word essay35
one 2,600-word research essay65