SPE401 Social Work and Social Policy Practice (8)

The main thrust of this subject is to analytically discuss social policy making processes and to develop social policy practice skills. Particularly, it will emphasise the role of social workers in policy making processes. Topics addressed include policy processes at the three levels of government; policy making models; social policy analysis frameworks and factors which influence them; policy implementation and evaluation; social policy practice skills and social workers' social policy vision.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPE401. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Restricted to students in the following courses:
Bachelor of Social Work

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to critically analyse the contributions of the three levels of government and various institutions involved in the policy making process
  • be able to identify and analyse significant players/participants and the interest they represent
  • demonstrate an understanding of policy making and policy analysis frameworks and be able to point out missing links
  • demonstrate an understanding of the processes of policy implementation and evaluation and their importance in achieving social goals
  • demonstrate an ability to apply the theory and practice knowledge gained in Social Policy subjects in social work practice
  • be able to identify relevant phases in the policy process and appropriate methods of intervention in the identified phases and
  • be able to develop social work vision for social policy and society.


This subject will cover the following topics:

1. The Australian state and changing profile of certain population groups
2. Players who matter in the policy making process: Whose interest do they represent?
3. Policy making models/ frameworks
4. Social policy analysis frameworks
5. Social policy implementation and evaluation
6. Case studies: social policy making processes
7. Social policy practice knowledge and skills
8. Social workers' social policy vision


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.