2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Social Policy | 2017


Social policy refers to government action that addresses social problems and ensures that human needs are met. Utilising a multidisciplinary social sciences perspective, the major explores how social policy is developed, influenced, implemented, and evaluated, in Australian and global contexts. Students study major areas of social policy, including health, economic security, education, child and family well-being, and environmental protection.

Social policy students learn to propose policy approaches to social problems and to analyse policies for their potential impacts on social and economic welfare, recognising tensions related to resource allocation, power and inequality, political ideologies, and government intervention.

Subjects Required for Major Study

A major in Social Policy requires the successful completion of at least 48 credit points of subjects in accordance with the table and recommended progression below. 

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
ECON102 Economics and Society 6 Autumn, Spring
Year 2
HAS 202 Introduction to Social Policy 6 Spring
HAS 234 Research Methods in the Social Sciences 6 Spring
GEOG224 The Future of Food: Resilience, Communities and Policy 6 Spring
Year 3
GEOG336 Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists 6 Autumn
HAS 346 Social Advocacy 6 Spring
Any year
Plus at least 12 credit points at 300-level from the list of Social Policy electives.

Social Policy Electives

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
100 Level
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring
LAW 101 Law, Business and Society 6 Autumn
200 Level
HAS 201 Work Health & Safety 6 Spring
ECON205 Macroeconomic Theory and Policy 6 Autumn, Spring
300 Level
ECON318 Economics of Health and Human Resources 6 Spring
HAS 347 Social Sciences Project 6 Spring
HAS 350 Social Determinants of Indigenous Health 6 Spring
HIST351 Debates in Australian Cultural History 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
INTS311 Human Security, Global Capitalism and the Environment 6Autumn First Offered 2018
SOC 328 Social Research and Social Policy 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
SOC 356 Cultures in Dispossession 6 Spring First Offered 2018

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: ssc@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 8 November, 2016