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SYM5065 - Issues in Public Policy

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Daniel Edwards


Caulfield Second semester 2008 (Evening)


This subject introduces students to a range of issues relating to the formulation and delivery of public policy and in particular, social policy. In doing this, it covers contemporary and historical Australian examples.


Students successfully completing this subject will develop:

  • a working familiarity with the major policy issues and debates in Australia;
  • a good understanding of the Australian policy formation process;
  • a basic knowledge of the relationship between sociological knowledge, social research and the policy process;
  • an understanding of the relationship between research and argument in policy development;
  • skills in identifying appropriate research methods for particular policy issues;
  • skills in research design for policy issues; and
  • skills in reading and analysing social policy research and understanding its strengths and limitations.


Two seminar presentation (2000 words each): 40%; Research Paper (5000 words): 60%.

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week



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