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Community and Social Policy

  • Qualification:

    Undergraduate unit

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    13 weeks

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  • Awarded by:

    Murdoch University

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Course Unit
A course unit is a single subject offered as part of a program of study, but can be completed individually. You may receive Recognition of Prior Learning for studying this unit.

What you'll learn

About this unit

Community and Social Policy is designed to offer students a comprehensive understanding of social policy. Offered online by Open Universities Australia and Murdoch University, it provides the convenient opportunity to study at your own pace.

The unit examines the way in which the policy context shapes and influences social and community work, and also how social issues make it onto the policy agenda. This interesting relationship between social policy and community engagement, and the way they influence each other, is the core focus of the unit. It draws on a wide range of disciplines including sociology, psychology, economics, law and political science.

Students will be encouraged to consider themes around social justice, equity, reciprocity and welfare and examine how these are addressed through social policy with guidelines and legislation. It also addresses how social policy affects the well-being of individuals and society as a whole through the distribution of goods and services in the community.



You must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit. Applicants must also ensure they have not completed a previous version of this unit.

Course pathways

This unit is a core requirement in the following course:

  • Bachelor of Behavioural Studies, Swinburne 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.

Areas of study

In this Community and Social Policy unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Introduction to the unit
  • Policy actors and policy cycle
  • Theorising social policy
  • Social problems and causality
  • Language and rhetoric in social policy
  • Language, metaphor and social policy
  • The community in social policy
  • The communitarian agenda
  • Policy reforms
  • The language of evidence
  • Values based social policy
  • Review of unit
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

This undergraduate unit provides a great foundation for students considering a career in policy, local government administration, social services or politics, meaning your career options will be quite varied. Equally, it provides a good base for further learning for students of social policy, social work and other subjects within the social sciences. There are many undergraduate and postgraduate courses that build on the foundations taught in this unit.

This unit in Community and Social Policy is a good choice for students or professionals looking to expand their understanding of social policy and its relationship with community engagement. With a good mix of theoretical knowledge applied in a practical, real-world context, it's a knowledge base regardless of what you choose to do next. By the end of the unit, you will:

  • Understand the ways in which social policy ideas have changed over time
  • Understand recent trends in Australian social policy, and the issues influencing social policy formation
  • Be familiar with the ways in which concepts of 'community' shape social policy
  • Understand the role language plays in social policy discourse
  • Have developed skills in social policy analysis and writing

Payment options & support

Finance options

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

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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