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Monash University Handbook 2011 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

FacultyFaculty of Arts
OfferedGippsland First semester 2011 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Dr Olga Bursian


Previously coded SCW3310


This unit interrogates the processes and politics of social policy-making within the Welfare State. It reviews procedures and instruments used to formulate, fund, implement, evaluate, and revise social policy, and critically examines the impact of major policy decisions on the welfare of citizens.


This unit enables students to:

  1. Understand the relationship between social, economic and public policy.
  2. Understand the processes and politics of social policy making.
  3. Understand alternative theoretical frameworks for analyzing social policy.
  4. Assess the costs and benefits of a policy decision.
  5. Understand the methods used to challenge and influence policy agenda, choices and directions.


Policy analysis (2500 words): 60%Exam (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Olga Bursian

Contact hours

2 hours (1 x 2 hour seminar) per week

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Community welfare and counselling


ATS1361 or permission


GSC2310, SCW2310, SCW3310