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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 neoliberalism 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.

SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Moran

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Available as ElectiveYes

Learning ActivitiesLectures, tutorials, 1,000 word essay, class assignments, 2000 word research essay.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points completed from First Level Subjects


Incompatible subjectsSOC3SWS

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Assumed knowledgeN/A

Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

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WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
COMMUNICATION - Cultural Intelligence and Global Perspective
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Creativity and Innovation
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Apply a sociological perspective in analysing a social policy area in the Australian context.
02. Explain key concepts and theories in the study of social policy and welfare.
03. Analyse the changing nature of the welfare state, across time and as influenced by economic, social and political forces.
04. Students will gain the skill to contribute critically to current debates on contested issues of social policy and welfare

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