Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2014 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2014 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Olga Bursian


Previously coded SCW3310


This unit interrogates the processes and politics of social policy-making within the Welfare State. It reviews procedures and instruments used to formulate, fund, implement, evaluate, and revise social policy, and critically examines the impact of major policy decisions on the welfare of citizens.


Upon successful completion of the unit, students should be able to:

  1. understand the relationship between social, economic and public policy;
  2. understand the processes and politics of social policy making;
  3. understand alternative theoretical frameworks for analyzing social policy;
  4. assess the costs and benefits of a policy decision;
  5. understand the methods used to challenge and influence policy agenda, choices and directions.


Policy analysis (3000 words): 60%
Exam (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

One 2-hour seminar per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


ATS1361 or permission


GSC2310, SCW2310, SCW3310