This unit studies social policy from a global perspective. That is, it considers how policy decisions that are made in nation-states, in areas such as health, welfare and work are shaped by broader global contexts. In some cases this is because key international agencies such as the United Nations or the World Bank are very significant in making policy decisions. In other scenarios it might relate to the ways ideas spread between different nation-states, or the role of non-governmental organisations or corporations in shaping the policies governments make. The primary focus is on policy making in the post-colonial states.

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Students enrolled in course code ABAB and LBLA  must complete at least 24 credit points (equivalent to 2 units) of an Arts Major before undertaking any Level 3 units.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Investigate how social policy is constructed at local, regional and global levels;  
  2. Analyse key aspects of social policy in the post-colonial states; and  
  3. Critique the role of global and local actors and agencies in the construction of social policy.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Annotated Bibliography Report abstract and Plan 10%
Report Social Policy Report 40%
Journal Written Responses (4) 30%
Presentation Group Presentation 20%

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