Developing Social Policy

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

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About this unit

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.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, 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 Applicants must also ensure they have not completed a previous version of this unit.

    Areas of study

    In this Developing Social Policy unit, the topics you will study include:
    • Course introduction
    • Poverty and inequality
    • Risk and social policy
    • Developing social policy 1
    • Developing social policy 2
    • Analysing social policy
    • Australia's welfare state
    • Comparing Sweden and America
    • Indigenous social policy
    • Reforming income support
    • Population ageing and social policy
    • Health policy
    • Course conclusion

    Course pathways

    This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:
    • 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.

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How will this unit advance my career?

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.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Developing Social Policy from Macquarie University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable 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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