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HSW316 - Critical Social Policy

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Waterfront (Geelong), Cloud (online)^, CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

This unit is available only to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (H330)

Unit chair:

Sevi Vassos


HSW314 (or substantial relevant human service workplace experience as negotiated with the unit chair)



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 2 hour weekly workshops - total of 11 weeks
Cloud (online): Learning experiences are via CloudDeakin and one full day workshop in Week 3, date to be advised, at Waterfront (Geelong)


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery
^Students enrol as Cloud (online) however there is a one day campus workshop


In the present climate of the redistribution of resources, many individuals, groups and communities experience powerlessness and inequality. Underlying this is a dominant discourse that has marginalised social policy in favour of economic rationalism. The aim of this unit is to present an approach to social policy in Australia which critically addresses the dominance of the economic over the social and highlights ways in which social policy responds, or fails to respond, to diversity. The unit also aims to demonstrate the links between social policy and social work practice, so that graduates may be better informed about the policy contexts that influence their practice.


Assessment task 1: Two online quizzes (500 words) 20%
Assessment task 2: Narrated Powerpoint presentation (10 minutes) 30%
Assessment task 2: Written assignment (2000 words) 50%

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