To analyse the nature of Australian social policies relevant to the human services.
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
CO1. Give an account of some of the major social policies that shape the delivery of human service provision in Australia
CO2. Evaluate the diversity of population interests and power in social policy contests
CO3. Analyse Australian social policies in both regional and international perspectives
CO4. Recognise the diversity of population interests and power in social policy contests
Upon completion of this course, students will have achieved the following combination of Graduate Qualities and Course Objectives:
A graduate of UniSA:
GQ1. operates effectively with and upon a body of knowledge of sufficient depth to begin professional practice
GQ2. is prepared for life-long learning in pursuit of personal development and excellence in professional practice
GQ3. is an effective problem solver, capable of applying logical, critical, and creative thinking to a range of problems
GQ4. can work both autonomously and collaboratively as a professional
GQ5. is committed to ethical action and social responsibility as a professional and citizen
GQ6. communicates effectively in professional practice and as a member of the community
GQ7. demonstrates international perspectives as a professional and as a citizen
The students will develop further knowledge of the themes in the historical development of Australian social policy as well an understanding of significant social policies and the policy making process. The students will demonstrate the skill of applying a theoretical framework of policy analysis to (some of) employment, income, security, housing, health, family, social inclusion social care, policy in relation to older Australians.
Carson and Kerr (2014) chapters 5 & 6
Carson, E. and Kerr, L 2013, Australian social policy and the human services, 1st edn, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne.
• Lyons, M. 1994, ‘The Privatisation of Human Services in Australia: Has it happened’? Australian Journal of Public Administration. 53 (2 ) (e-reading).
• Lyons, M. 1997, “Contracting for Care: What is It and what is at issue?” Third Sector Review, 3, Special Issue, pp5-22. (e-reading)
• Barraket, J. (ed) (2008) Strategic Issues for the not-for-profit sector, UNSW Press, Sydney.
• Keevers, L., Treleaven, L. and Sykes, C. (2008) Partnership and Participation: Contradictions and Tensions in the Social Policy Space, Australian Journal of Social Issues 43. 3: 459-477
• Productivity Commission (2010) Contribution of the Not-for-Profit Sector, Research Report, Canberra http://www.pc.gov.au/projects/study/not-for-profit.
• Volunteering Australia (2011), National survey of volunteering issues 2011 http://www.volunteeringaustralia.org/Policy/-National-Survey-of-Volunteering-Issues.asp
• Carson et al 2007, Coalface Report. http://www.unisa.edu.au/hawkeinstitute/sprg/publications.asp