SPE211 Foundations in Social Policy (8)


This subject looks at social policy from a theoretical and applied perspective and its relevance for social work/welfare. The subject provides an historical and contemporary perspective on the social, political, and economic basis for social policy development through which social provisions are distributed and social conduct is regulated. The theoretical component describes the background to social policy exploring theories that explain, support and critique the welfare state. The applied component explores the Australian social policy context including the impact of social policies on social policy domains and socially diverse groups.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPE211
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)
POL204 SPE101 SPE201 SPE301

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the Australian political system. - be able to demonstrate an understanding of Liberal and Democratic politics - be able to demonstrate an understanding of rights and freedoms in a Liberal Democracy - be able to demonstrate an understanding of the significant historical and ideological shifts in Australian politics and policy - be able to demonstrate an understanding of the impacts of social policy shifts on the organisation of social service provisions - be able to demonstrate an understanding of the impacts social policies can have on diverse sectors of the population


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Introduction to social policy and social welfare
- Origins and developments of the welfare state in Australia and internationally
- The Australian living wage, social wage
- Major economic, political and ideological shifts
- The economy the government and individual well being
- Defence and critique of the welfare state
- Restructuring the welfare state
- Inequality and Social inclusion/exclusion
- Social policy development as contest
- Rethinking social policy


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.