|Unit convenor and teaching staff||
Unit convenor and teaching staff
Associate Prof in Dept of Sociology | Convenor and lecturer
Contact via email
Room C344, Level 3, 25C Wally's Walk
By email or consultationSenior Tutor
Dr Brigit Busicchia
Level 3, 25C Wally's Walk
By email or phone appointmentTutor
Dr Antonina Gentile
Contact via Email
Level 3, 25C Wally's Walk
By email or phone appointment
40cp at 1000 level or above
Few areas in sociology generate as many questions and as much debate as the role of social policy and the welfare state. Can we afford generous social policies or is the 'age of entitlement' over? What role should governments, families, the community and individuals play in providing welfare? Does tighter scrutiny of welfare benefits improve efficiency and independence or is it intrusive and unfair? And, how is social policy developed in a world of competing interests and power? This unit addresses these questions as it introduces students to the history, design and institutions of social policy. We look particularly at current Australian social policy and consider how policymakers deal with problems such an ageing population, precarious work and housing, the provision of care, and the targeting and financing of a welfare state. We also explore the role that power, ideas and institutions play in shaping policy debates. The unit is especially useful for students interested in policy practice and analysis, care and human services, social inequality, and political economy.
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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
NB: Unless a Special Consideration request has been submitted and approved, a penalty for lateness will apply – ten (10) marks out of 100 will be deducted per day for assignments submitted after the due date (or extended due date in cases where special consideration is granted). No late submissions will be accepted for timed assessments – e.g. quizzes, online tests.
|Assignment||25%||No||Friday 24 September at 9pm|
|Workbook||5%||No||Monday 8 November at 9pm|
|Take home exam||60%||No||Official exam period (November)|
Participation in lectures and tutorials.
An Assignment task consisting of 5 questions on topical questions in social policy and based on readings.
Complete workbook tasks related to tutorials & lectures
An exam is the main assessment task for this unit. It will be held at the end of the session. See iLearn for more information.
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COVID-19 teaching arrangements
I. INTRO AND CONCEPTS
Week 1 (Monday July 26) Lecture: Greetings and Introduction to social policy No tutorial in week 1
Week 2 (Monday 2 August) Lecture: Social risks and social policy: class and life-course (Tutorial: Risks over the life-course)
Week 3 (Monday 9 August) Lecture: Poverty, food security and homelessness (Tutorial: Why are people poor?)
Week 4 (Monday 16 August) Lecture: The dynamics of inequality (Tutorial: 2016 Census data, inequality and social planning)
Week 5 (Monday 23 August) Lecture: Power resources of the welfare state (Tutorial: Class, class interests, and social policy)
II. COMPARING POLICIES AND WELFARE STATES
Week 6 (Monday 30 August) Lecture: Australia's welfare state (Tutorial: Public support for the welfare state)
Week 7 (Monday 6 September) Lecture: The Nordic model versus the United States (Tutorial: Social policy and pandemic)
**Mid-semester break: Sat 11 September through to Sunday 26 September | Assignment due Friday 24 Sept @9pm **
Week 8 (Monday 27 September) Lecture: Comparative welfare states: typologies and tools (Tutorial: How the Australian welfare state works)
III. AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL POLICY
Week 9 (Monday 4 October) Lecture: Precarious work, JobSeeker, and workfare (Tutorial: Debating JobSeeker)
Week 10 (Monday 11 October) Lecture: Indigenous Australia and social policy (Tutorial: A look at the Closing the Gap score)
Week 11 (Monday 18 October) Lecture: Gender foundations of welfare states (Tutorial: Women's employment, childcare, and social policy)
Week 12 (Monday 25 October) Lecture: Health & Medicare (Tutorial: Inequality and health)
Week 13 (Monday 1 November) Lecture wrap: Ageing and social policy + revision (Tutorial: Exam preparation plus release of study guide)
Online Exam in the official exam period
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A closer focus on how social policy works across different levels of government in Australia.
Unit information based on version 2021.02 of the Handbook