SOWK12013 - Contemporary Social Policy

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit 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.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2018

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 3 - 2018

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).

Assessment Overview

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Electronic Focused Interactive Learning (eFIL) 40%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. 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 Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student evaluation and verbal feedback from students
Students reported that they enjoyed the eFIl assessment
Retain eFIL assessment
Action Taken
eFIL assessment has been retained in the unit
Source: Student evaluation
Some students expressed dissatisfaction with the assessment requirements.
Review conditions of assessments
Action Taken
Students who failed the minimum requirements in 2017 felt this didn't reflect their overall engagement and understanding of the content. Most were awarded an SA and then passed. There were only minimal students awarded an SA that genuinely had not understood the content, therefore it was felt that the current minimum requirement should be revised to capture those students who had not engaged overall. The minimum requirements were revised in 2018 to require students to pass 2 of 3 assessments to pass the unit overall.
Source: Student Evaluations
Some students indicated that a dedicated section would be beneficial for the written assessment resources
Review the location of key resources for assessment
Action Taken
Source: Student Evaluations
"Great lecturer support, easy to navigate moodle site, excellent supporting literature and A/V supplements"
Retain current unit format
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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 - Electronic Focused Interactive Learning (eFIL)
2 - Written Assessment
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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 9
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Online Quiz(zes)