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Social Policy and Development (POLS90056)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville) and Off Campus

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePOLS90056
Semester 1 - On Campus
November - Off Campus
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This subject investigates the linkage between social policy and development (including economic development) within developing countries. It focuses on the roles played by states, markets and communities in the Asia-Pacific region in responding to key social policy issues such as poverty and welfare, unemployment, old age, health, disability, and the socio-economic position of women. The subject examines how different developing countries attempt to instigate social policy-related change via rational policy formation and implementation, public sector and community leadership, economic-driven change (such as micro-finance schemes), and working with international investment from firms, aid donors and NGOs. Elements of the subject will be presented in conjunction with the Universitas Indonesia and Gadjah Mada Universitas, and the November offering will be delivered on location at Gadjah Mada Universitas, Jogjakarta, Indonesia. In the November offering, teaching will focus more specifically on social policy examples from Indonesia.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should:

  • have an understanding of the different ways in which social policy issues are described and addressed in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region;
  • have developed comparative policy analysis and research skills; and
  • initiate networks with social policy professional and community actors in the Asia Pacific region.

Generic skills

On successful completion of this subject students should:

  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic; and
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.

Last updated: 3 August 2019