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Semester 1 - Online
November - Online
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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.
The November Availability of this subject is normally taught as a University of Melbourne Overseas Subject in Indonesia with our partner institution the University of Gadjah Mada. In 2021, due to international travel restrictions, the subject will taught online (or in a blended learning format) in accordance University policies. The subject will still involve Masters students from Melbourne as well as Masters students and staff from our partner university in Indonesia. The subject will use teaching mediums that connect Melbourne students with our partners in Indonesia and with experts in the field. This provides an exciting opportunity for students from each University to learn with and from each other to gain deeper knowledge on tackling inequalities and understanding real-world development challenges and responses through social policy in lower-middle income countries. Please visit http://arts.unimelb.edu.au/students/graduate-coursework/overseas-subjects for further information and to apply.
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.
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: 9 August 2021