This course introduces you to the Australian social policy and legal landscape and how social work services and practice is shaped within this context. Social policy impacts on the welfare of a nation’s citizens, through mechanisms for distributing society’s resources. Social policy is underpinned by values, driven by political objectives and maintained by discursive practices. This course will provide a critical theoretical framework for evaluating historical and recent trends in social policy and its impact on people from various population groups.
|Learning materials – Online learning materials Week 1 to Week 13||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – 13*2hrs F2F Tutorials/Workshops||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
700 Level (Specialised)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Explain how social policy influences inequality, the structure of Australian society and the well-being of citizens.||Knowledgeable|
|2||Identify central issues in social policy development and analysis.||Ethical|
|3||Apply a critical framework to analyse at least one area of social policy.||Creative and critical thinker|
|4||Communicate research through written and verbal modes.||Empowered|
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Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Students will be undertake an online quiz test on week 4 and following this they will be provided needed and relevant feedbacks on their academic progress.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
A three-hour long online quiz
|Week 4||Online Test (Quiz)|
10-15 minutes in-workshop presentation followed by 5 minutes Q&A
|Refer to Format||In Class|
|Week 13||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Quiz|
The main goal of this task is to test students' knowledge and understanding of some basic concepts in social work and social policy.
Students will undertake a multiple-choice quiz that will consist of 20 questions based on SWK710 readings and online learning materials. The quiz will be time-bound. That is, once the students commence the quiz, they must finish within three hours. The quiz will be available on Week 4.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Discourse Analysis presentation|
To develop critical and discourse analysis skills in relation to a relevant social policy.
Policy decisions at various levels impact on the life chances, experiences and abilities of individuals, families, groups, and whole communities. As a social worker, your practice will be contextualised within a social policy and legal framework as it shapes the nature of services you provide to individuals, families, groups, and communities. Using an aspect of professional practice from your own experience either on field placement, or from your own human services related paid work, present a discourse analysis of a chosen policy to present in the tutorial between week 7 and week 10 that will: 1. Critically analyse a relevant social policy and its legal context and discuss how it impacts on service users and on social work practices, and which employs an approach to critical discourse analysis based on Carol Bacchi’s framework. 2. Analyse the legal context and the underlying policy agenda from a critical perspective, outlining what assumptions are evident about the nature of social relations or populations within society; 3. Outline how social policies and legal contexts have impacted on the relevant social service agency policies and practices impacting on service users; 4. Analyse how social workers could practice ethically and transcend the political agendas of governments or potentially oppressive social policies; 5. Propose at least two relevant and practical recommendations based on your discourse analysis It is suggested that you select a social policy initiative relevant to your current social service work context, or your field education placement agency, however, this is not essential. Choose an area of social policy that interests you, or an area about which you have some prior knowledge. Several social policies will be placed on Canvas and you may also choose to analyse one of these, if you wish.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Social Policy Review Submission and Accompanying Strategy Proposal - collaborative/cooperative strategy proposal or conflict/campaign strategy proposal|
To develop written skills in policy reform advocacy.
This assessment piece is in two parts. Part A is a submission to a policy review process about the same social policy discussed in the previous assessment task. You will write a 3-4 page submission making a case for, and two specific recommendations about, how the social policy should be reformed, modified or expanded. Part B involves writing a 2-3 page accompanying strategy proposal to maximise the effectiveness of the submission (Part A) and considers the policy makers you are attempting to influence. The strategy proposal is to be viewed within the broader social policy context and policy cycle, and would, therefore, indicate either a collaborative/cooperative strategy, or a conflict/campaign strategy is appropriate for the chosen policy in the current policy cycle. A detailed document providing guidelines about the specifics required for these tasks (Parts A and B) will be provided to you at the commencement of the course.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Carol Lee Bacchi||2009||Analysing Policy: What's the Problem Represented to be?||1st||Pearson|
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