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Social Inclusion Policy and Practice (SOTH90006)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeSOTH90006
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Do we live in a Big Society; a social investment state; a socially inclusive society or a global economy? How can we make sense of policy and programs in the context of seemingly ever-changing paradigms and politics? What is the role of social policy in the face of enduring inequalities and new social risks?
Drawing on sociological and social policy frameworks and practice knowledge, this subject addresses key challenges associated with the translation of policy into practice in local and international contexts.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should have:

  • an understanding of the conceptual tools needed to critically assess and engage with current and emerging policy frameworks and challenges;
  • the ability to formulate policies that recognise complexity, uncertainty and risk;
  • an understanding of the impact of social policies and programs on socially excluded and marginalised groups;
  • knowledge of contemporary social policy research and program evaluation, including consideration of ethical issues in applied settings;
  • the development of networks with social policy makers, advocates and practitioners.

Generic skills

On completion of the subject, students will be expected to be able to demonstrate the following generic skills:

  • Capacity for critical thinking and analysis
  • Capacity to apply analytical frameworks in a professional practice context
  • Research skills, based in an understanding of the importance of social, ethical and cultural contexts
  • Written and oral skills in the presentation of complex ideas in practical ways

Last updated: 28 May 2019