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The Developing Social Policy unit, provided by Open Universities Australia, takes an in-depth look into social policy and how it can be developed, focusing on welfare policymaking in Australia and the most recent social policy changes affecting the country.
Awarded by Macquarie University, the unit also delves into the issues of social policy surrounding specific areas, such as cash benefits, social services, health and housing, and how these are sometimes disguised under other policy brackets and areas. This in turn leads to an exploration of these issues in relation to the broader social infrastructures of welfare states, their tools for classification, and the political, economic and social context of the state.
The unit opens up debates about existing welfare states around the world, including Australia, Sweden and the United States, and how their social policies differ. You will lead discussions on prominent social theories, and criticise and analyse their frameworks within a political and social context.
This unit will challenge your existing preconceptions about social policy, allow you to apply innovative ideas to real-world problems, and help you to convey your own ideas on the subject concisely and effectively.
In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:
Whether you are looking for a career in social work, social welfare or policymaking itself, this unit will give you a good base of knowledge with which to further your skills, qualifications and experience in this field.
With a wider social and political understanding of the welfare state in which you work in, you will be able to better understand policy decisions and present a coherent argument about the benefits and pitfalls of these policies. In a broader sense, this unit will increase your organisation, time management, critical analysis and research skills – assets in any job.
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.
Want more information about financial and student support? Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.
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).Find out more about government study loans here.
Want more information about the career benefits of this course?
Fill out the enquiry form to the right and a study consultant will contact you with the details you need.