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HSW316 - Critical Social Policy

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

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

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:

Judith Moyle


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

Incompatible with: Nil


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


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: Narrated Powerpoint (15 minutes) 50%

Assessment task 2: Written assignment (2000 words) 50%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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