Political Economy for Social Policy Research

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 14 weeks
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Awarded by: Macquarie University
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About this unit

This online unit in Political Economy for Social Policy Research from Macquarie University, delivered by Open Universities Australia, explores the interrelations between economic and social factors relevant to social policy research. No prior knowledge of economics is required for this unit, as you will study related economic concepts and their impacts on social policy.

An introduction to economic frameworks intrinsic to social policy analysis will be provided. A range of topics will be explored, including the impacts of macroeconomic policy on increasing employment, and the effects of competition on economic efficiency.

The unit examines and debates a number of contemporary concepts related to social policy and research, such as sustainability, gender discrimination in the workplace, and consumerism.

Assessment for this unit will be conducted in a number of ways. An assignment analysing a specific issue makes up 30% of the final grade, and a policy analysis task is worth 40%. Other exercises make up a further 20% and online discussion completes the remaining 10%.

Eligibility

In order to enrol, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

  • Graduate Certificate of Policy and Applied Social Research, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma Policy and Applied Social Research, Macquarie University

You should also ensure that you have not already completed the following unit, as it is considered academically equivalent:

  • Economy and Society

Areas of study

In this social policy research unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction – key concepts and overview of the unit
  • Going for growth: understanding markets
  • Economic decision making (and how economists think)
  • Poverty and inequality: understanding class
  • Reproducing economic life: the role of care and ecology
  • Work society and the corporation; economic cycles, recession and understanding crisis
  • Managing the economy: the traditional tools of the state
  • Re-thinking the state and the market
  • Fiscal crisis and the welfare state
  • Managing markets: the use of competition in social policy
  • Case studies of subsidised services
  • Conclusion

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

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  • Graduate Certificate of Policy and Applied Social Research, Macquarie University
  • Graduate Diploma Policy and Applied Social Research, Macquarie University
  • Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution. Want more information about this unit? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Upon successful completion of this unit, you will have an in-depth understanding of a wide range of key concepts and frameworks related to the field of economics, political economy and economic sociology, including class, the state’s relationship to markets, fiscal crisis and economic decision making.

You will be able to use this knowledge to apply a specific political economy analysis to a wide range of social policy issues. You will be able to analyse economic issues in a number of ways related to contemporary economic thinking, for example in terms of efficiency, inequality sustainability. This unit will enable you to analyse and evaluate different theories and policy positions from the perspective of political economy.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Political Economy for Social Policy Research from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA's full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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