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SWK4450 - Social policy and social justice II

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: Dr Philip Mendes


Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Day)
Caulfield Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Singapore Second semester 2007 (Flexible)


This unit expands on SWK3260 by drawing attention to particular ideological critiques of existing welfare states. Attention is also drawn to the specific role played by interest groups such as ACOSS, the AASW, the churches, the trade unions and the business lobby. The impact of globalisation on Australian social policy is also examined.


As for SWK3260 with the additional objectives of students being able to understand the key role played by the welfare lobby and other interest groups in social policy debates; and understand and be able to debate the influence of international and global debates on the future of the welfare state.


Interview with welfare lobbyist (1000 words): 20%
Major essay (3500 words): 80%

Contact hours

2 hours per week


SWK3260. Social Work units are available only within the context of the Bachelor of Social Work degree, or with permission.