SOCIAL POLICY ANALYSIS AND ADVOCACY

SWP5SPA

2016

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students critically reflect on their experience of policy in social work practice and build their capacity for policy analysis and advocacy. Students will appraise social policy theory, in particular, key social welfare ideologies and theories of justice, rights, needs and capabilities.Students will apply this policy knowledge to analyse and evaluate contemporary social policy. Students will demonstrate critical understanding of institutional and other diverse factors that shape social policies and the rational and political processes by which policy is developed and implemented. Students will develop the skills necessary to become beginning policy practitioners who can use experience and research to identify issues, interpret policy, and contribute to processes of policy development and change.

SchoolSchool of Allied Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorDianne Cox

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students enrolled in course HZSK, HZSKB, HZSKW, HZSKM (BHS&MSW) HZHSK, HZHSKB, HZHSKW, HZHSKM (BHS&MSW Hons) must have passed all subjects from (SWP5PPA, SWP5RIA). Students enrolled in course HMSK, HMSKB, HMSKW, HMSKM (MSW), HMHSK, HMHSKB, HMSHSKW, HMHSKM (MSW Hons) must have passed all subjects from (SWP5PPB).

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsSocial Policy in Australia,RecommendedMcClelland, A and Smyth, P (eds) 20143rd EDN, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Critically analyse and evaluate contemporary social policies against social work values.

Activities:
Presentation and Test 1
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Interpret current social policy historically within Australian approaches to social welfare.

Activities:
Presentation and Test 1
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Differentiate between rational and political policy process theories and models.

Activities:
Report and Test 2
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Appraise and apply different policy advocacy theories and strategies to a selected policy area.

Activities:
Report and Test 2
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Demonstrate high level verbal and written communication skills and group problem solving.

Activities:
Presentation and Report
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDarran Stonehouse

Class requirements

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours directed reading per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"12 1-hour teacher guided learning packages which include online and in-class activities."

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 3,500-word essay.Hurdle requirement: must be submitted to pass subject.55 02, 03, 04, 05
Two 30-min online test (equiv. to 1000 words)Hurdle requirement: Both online tests must be attempted to pass the subject30 01, 02, 03, 04
One group presentation (equiv. to 500 words per group member).Each member to share the group mark pending assessment of contribution. Each member is required to present and each group is required to evidence member contribution to final output.15 01, 02, 05

Bendigo, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDianne Cox

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours directed reading per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"12 1-hour teacher guided learning packages which include online and in-class activities."

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 3,500-word essay.Hurdle requirement: must be submitted to pass subject.55 02, 03, 04, 05
Two 30-min online test (equiv. to 1000 words)Hurdle requirement: Both online tests must be attempted to pass the subject30 01, 02, 03, 04
One group presentation (equiv. to 500 words per group member).Each member to share the group mark pending assessment of contribution. Each member is required to present and each group is required to evidence member contribution to final output.15 01, 02, 05

Melbourne, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSarah MacLean

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours directed reading per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"12 1-hour teacher guided learning packages which include online and in-class activities."

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 3,500-word essay.Hurdle requirement: must be submitted to pass subject.55 02, 03, 04, 05
Two 30-min online test (equiv. to 1000 words)Hurdle requirement: Both online tests must be attempted to pass the subject30 01, 02, 03, 04
One group presentation (equiv. to 500 words per group member).Each member to share the group mark pending assessment of contribution. Each member is required to present and each group is required to evidence member contribution to final output.15 01, 02, 05

Mildura, 2016, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorDianne Cox

Class requirements

Directed Reading Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours directed reading per study period on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
"12 1-hour teacher guided learning packages which include online and in-class activities."

WorkShop Week: 10 - 22
One 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 3,500-word essay.Hurdle requirement: must be submitted to pass subject.55 02, 03, 04, 05
Two 30-min online test (equiv. to 1000 words)Hurdle requirement: Both online tests must be attempted to pass the subject30 01, 02, 03, 04
One group presentation (equiv. to 500 words per group member).Each member to share the group mark pending assessment of contribution. Each member is required to present and each group is required to evidence member contribution to final output.15 01, 02, 05