SOWK12013 - Contemporary Social Policy
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit explores the historical, political and normative dimensions of social policy and policy-making in Australia and the international context. You will explore concepts such as the welfare state and neo-liberalism and you will examine and critically analyse social policy that is relevant to the human service context.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Successful completion of 48 credit points in any course.

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Group Discussion Pass/Fail
3. Written Assessment 30%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Feedback Source Recommendation
Students reported to enjoy the eFIL assessments activities. Student evaluation Personal feedback Retain the eFIL assessment activities.
Students commented that they enjoyed the course, the interactive nature of the course, and the engagement by the lecturer. Student evaluation Personal feedback Continue to use interactive teaching methods to engage students with the course content.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Compare and contrast the inherent value-judgements associated with social policy making
  2. Describe the nature of social policy making in Australia
  3. Apply a theoretical understanding of the policy process to selected social policy context
  4. Analyse the strategies and processes of policy development, analysis, negotiation and advocacy in a range of policy context in the Australian context
  5. Analyse their performance from feedback drawn from their involvement in professional learning contexts

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)  
2 - Group Discussion  
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)  

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving  
3. Critical Thinking
4. Information Literacy  
5. Team Work          
6. Information Technology Competence
7. Cross Cultural Competence      
8. Ethical practice          

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Group Discussion      
3 - Written Assessment  
4 - Online Quiz(zes)        

Prescribed Textbooks

Social Policy in Australia: Understanding for Action
Author/s: Edited by Alison McLelland and Paul Smyth Year: 2014
Edition: Third Edition Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: Melbourne State: Victoria
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPaloma Cesare (p.cesare@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017 Introduction to social policy

Chapter 1. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 1 set readings and activities.

Refer to the Moodle Site for eFIL quiz and group discussion submission dates for week 2,4,6,8,10

Week 2 13-03-2017

The welfare state and social policy

Chapter 2 and 6. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 2 set readings and activities.

Week 3 20-03-2017 Neoliberalism and social policy

Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 3 set readings and activities.

Week 4 27-03-2017 A framework for understanding and action

Chapter 3. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 4 set readings and activities.

Week 5 03-04-2017 Contexts for decisions and action

Chapter 4 and 5, p. 83-84 . Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 5 set readings and activities.

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Historical context of social policy and Australia in the new century

Chapter 16. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 6 set readings and activities.

Week 7 24-04-2017 Indigenous Australians

Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 7 set readings and activities.

Week 8 01-05-2017 Income and employment (social security)

Chapter 9 and 10. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 8 set readings and activities.

Written Assessment Due Friday (05 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Health and community services

Chapter 12 and 14. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 9 set readings and activities.

Week 10 15-05-2017 Education

Chapter 13. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 10 set readings and activities.

Week 11 22-05-2017 Human service work and social policy

Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 11 set readings and activities.

Week 12 29-05-2017

Changes and challenges

Chapter 7. Visit the study week schedule on Moodle for week 12 set readings and activities.

Online Quiz(zes) Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Electronic Fosused Interactive Learning (eFIL)
Task Description

Electronic Focused Interactive Learning (eFIL) is an innovative method of assessment that encourages active learning and communication among students, irrespective of location. The eFIL technique will be used in assessable online exercises in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Each eFIL exercise will comprise a weighted 8% of the course grade. In total there are five fortnightly quizzes and online discussions to be completed.

What’s Involved?

In weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 students will complete a multiple choice quiz containing 4 policy questions. The questions will be based on the fortnight’s course content, with 2 questions for each study week (i.e. quiz 1 will include a question from week 1 and week 2’s course content). Students will then re-sit the quiz after discussing their answers with peers in a small group online discussion forum. A detailed schedule of dates, times and quiz content will be posted on Moodle.

How is the eFIL different from a normal quiz?

eFIL assessment provides students with the opportunity to present and discuss their answers with a small group of students online, just as if they were in a classroom tutorial session.

From the Saturday to Monday evening following the completion of the fortnightly quiz, students will be able to enter a small group discussion forum, where they will have the opportunity to discuss and compare their answers with their peers. Students will then have until the Monday evening deadline to take the quiz a second time, with the benefit of knowing the views of other students. Please note: Only the second attempt is graded, although both attempts must be recorded to accrue points towards your overall grade.

There is NO opportunity to make up eFIL exercises due to their interactive nature. However in extenuating circumstances students can apply for an extension submitted through the AES (Assessment Extension System) located on the course Moodle site. In situations where an extension is approved, the student will not be required to partake in the small group discussion forum for that fortnight’s quiz but will be graded on their first attempt of the quiz

Number of Quizzes 5
Frequency of Quizzes Fortnightly
Assessment Due Date eFIL activiteis are due fortnightly for weeks 2,4,6,8 and 10 of term
Return Date to Students eFIL grades are normally available Tuesday following the second attempt
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

In order to receive marks for the final quiz students must meet the minimum requirements for the group discussion (2 online posts) which include:

Discussion Post 1 (Post after completion of quiz 1):

  • Post an explanation about WHY you chose the answers you selected for the quiz . An example of this, "I selected that the sky is blue because molecules in the air scatter blue light from the sun. This was substantiated by Jone and Jones 1992" .

Discussion Post 2 (Response to another student):

  • Respond to another student about their answer selection and discuss the content so that it provides insight and learning for your student peer. An example of this, "Thank you for your post. I was unaware that this was why the sky was blue and further research indicates that this is because we see red and orange colours because blue light has been scattered out and away from the line of sight".
Submission Online

Instructions can be found on the website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Compare and contrast the inherent value-judgements associated with social policy making

2. Describe the nature of social policy making in Australia

3. Apply a theoretical understanding of the policy process to selected social policy context

4. Analyse the strategies and processes of policy development, analysis, negotiation and advocacy in a range of policy context in the Australian context

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Group Discussion

Assessment Title Electronic Focused Interactive Learning (eFIL)
Task Description

Electronic Focused Interactive Learning (eFIL) is an innovative method of assessment that encourages active learning and communication among students, irrespective of location. The eFIL technique will be used in assessable online exercises in weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10.

Each eFIL exercise will comprise a weighted 8% of the course grade. In total there are five fortnightly quizzes and online discussions to be completed.

What’s Involved?

In weeks 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 students will complete a multiple choice quiz containing 4 policy questions. The questions will be based on the fortnight’s course content, with 2 questions for each study week (i.e. quiz 1 will include a question from week 1 and week 2’s course content). Students will then re-sit the quiz after discussing their answers with peers in a small group online discussion forum. A detailed schedule of dates, times and quiz content will be posted on Moodle.

How is the eFIL different from a normal quiz?

eFIL assessment provides students with the opportunity to present and discuss their answers with a small group of students online, just as if they were in a classroom tutorial session.

From the Saturday to Monday evening following the completion of the fortnightly quiz, students will be able to enter a small group discussion forum, where they will have the opportunity to discuss and compare their answers with their peers. Students will then have until the Monday evening deadline to take the quiz a second time, with the benefit of knowing the views of other students. Please note: Only the second attempt is graded, although both attempts must be recorded to accrue points towards your overall grade.

There is NO opportunity to make up eFIL exercises due to their interactive nature. However in extenuating circumstances students can apply for an extension submitted through the AES (Assessment Extension System) located on the course Moodle site. In situations where an extension is approved, the student will not be required to partake in the small group discussion forum for that fortnight’s quiz but will be graded on their first attempt of the quiz

Assessment Due Date eFIL activiteis are due fortnightly for weeks 2,4,6,8 and 10 of term
Return Date to Students eFIL grades are normally available Tuesday following the second attempt
Weighting Pass/Fail
Assessment Criteria

In order to receive marks for the final quiz students must meet the minimum requirements for the group discussion (2 online posts) which include:

Discussion Post 1 (Post after completion of quiz 1):

  • Post an explanation about WHY you chose the answers you selected for the quiz . An example of this, "I selected that the sky is blue because molecules in the air scatter blue light from the sun. This was substantiated by Jone and Jones 1992" .

Discussion Post 2 (Response to another student):

  • Respond to another student about their answer selection and discuss the content so that it provides insight and learning for your student peer. An example of this, "Thank you for your post. I was unaware that this was why the sky was blue and further research indicates that this is because we see red and orange colours because blue light has been scattered out and away from the line of sight".
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Instructions can be found on the website.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Compare and contrast the inherent value-judgements associated with social policy making

2. Describe the nature of social policy making in Australia

3. Apply a theoretical understanding of the policy process to selected social policy context

4. Analyse the strategies and processes of policy development, analysis, negotiation and advocacy in a range of policy context in the Australian context

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

7. Cross Cultural Competence



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

In preparation for this assignment you are required to examine the:

  • Stronger Futures Policy

Using the course material and independent reading, research the policy context which has shaped the policy-making within the social policy area you have chosen. Your paper should include:

  • Research of the historical, social and economic, ideological, theoretical, and institutional context of the chosen policy area.
  • A focus on the broader values and political contexts which have influenced the policy making process. For example, what were the significant triggers for major policy changes in the area you have selected (these may be key inquiries and reports, major economic changes, shift in societal perceptions on particular issues, and so on)
  • The principles underpinning the welfare state and/or the neo-liberal state as the overall context shaping social policy.

The paper should be written in academic style, with an introduction, a body, a conclusion and a list of references.

Word Limit

1500 words (excluding references and appendices). You must remain within 10% of the word limit.

Assessment Due Date Week 8 Friday (05-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Monday (22-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the historical, political and normative contexts of social policy.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the principles underpinning the welfare state as the overall context shaping social policy.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of principles underpinning neoliberalism as the overall context shaping social policy.
  • Ability to produce a well written and presented essay using scholary conventions.
Conditions Minimum mark or grade - You must pass this assessment to pass the unit.
Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

Submit via Moodle

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Compare and contrast the inherent value-judgements associated with social policy making

2. Describe the nature of social policy making in Australia

3. Apply a theoretical understanding of the policy process to selected social policy context

4. Analyse the strategies and processes of policy development, analysis, negotiation and advocacy in a range of policy context in the Australian context

5. Analyse their performance from feedback drawn from their involvement in professional learning contexts

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

5. Team Work

6. Information Technology Competence

8. Ethical practice



4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quiz(zes)
Task Description

The online multiple choice quiz will be made available at the appropriate time through the course website. It can be completed using any computer that has internet access. This quiz is set to test your understanding of fundamental concepts, perspectives and facts covered by the course content. It covers the 12 weeks of the course.

This is a timed online multiple choice quiz that must be completed on the due date between the hours of 4am and 11pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time). It will be delivered through the ‘Assessment’ block of the course website, and will only become available (and visible to students) on the due date.

Students will need to have access to a computer with Internet connection in order to complete the quiz. It is your responsibility to make time to complete the quiz on the due date, and to arrange for a reliable Internet connection. Before you take the quiz, make sure that you are ready (i.e. a proper revision has been done) and choose a time and computer/place with minimum distraction to sit for the quiz (i.e. do not have external disturbances from people, pets, etc). Be conscious of the time limit while taking the quiz. Plan to have started the quiz by 11:00pm (AEST) at the latest to ensure full completion before the quiz closes at 11:45pm (AEST).

There will be 30 multiple choice questions to be answered in 40 minutes. There is only one correct or best answer to each question, and you need to select the option corresponding to this answer. There are no penalties for incorrect answers. While you are able to refer to the textbook or other resources while you are taking the quiz, you cannot afford to do this for every question because of the time limit. You need to have a good understanding of the course content before taking the quiz. Therefore there is an expectation that you have done all of the course core readings from Week 1 - 12.

Each student will receive a customised quiz, where questions are drawn from a large testbank and chosen in random fashion, so that collusion will not be possible.

Number of Quizzes 1
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Provided on the quiz day after closure of the quiz
Weighting 30%
Submission Online

The multiple choice quiz is undertaken online and reliable internet connection is required

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Compare and contrast the inherent value-judgements associated with social policy making

2. Describe the nature of social policy making in Australia

3. Apply a theoretical understanding of the policy process to selected social policy context

4. Analyse the strategies and processes of policy development, analysis, negotiation and advocacy in a range of policy context in the Australian context

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence




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