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 wellbeing 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.
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
The language of evidence
Values based social policy
Review of unit
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.
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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
How else will I benefit from this unit?
Upon successful completion of this unit, you will receive credit for competencies in Community and Social Policy from Murdoch 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 or HECS-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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