SPE501 Advanced Social Policy Analysis and Planning (16)

This subject aims to provide theoretical and practical knowledge relating to the important phases of the seamless social policy process: social policy analysis, planning, implementation and evaluation. It critically discusses various models of policy analysis, planning and implementation, and methods of evaluation. The subject will analyse the influence of socio-economic and political factors on the above phases of the policy. It will also look at ways of developing new policies, overcoming resistance to change, promoting participation, and developing linkages at the community and institutional levels. By acquiring theoretical knowledge and developing practical skills, graduates will be able to effectively participate through any of the sectors (government, non-government, corporate and community) in the social policy process.

Subject Outlines
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Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SPE501. 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the nature of social policy process and the significance of each phase within it
  • be able to critique various models of social policy analysis and be able to analyse policies
  • be able to critique various models of social policy planning and be able to initiate and develop plans
  • be able to critique various approaches to policy implementation and be able to organise and participate in the implementation process
  • be able to plan and undertake policy evaluation studies
  • be able to analyse the influence of socioeconomic and political factors and contexts on each of the above phases and on the social policy process as a whole
  • be able to promote ways of overcoming resistance to change and of enhancing participation
  • be able to effectively participate in the social policy process


This subject will cover the following topics:

- The nature of social policy process - Social policy analysis models - Social policy planning models - Approaches to policy implementation - Methods of social policy evaluation - Influencing factors and contexts on the policy process - Managing resistance and promoting participation in the policy process - Emerging issues and social policy development - Resources and tools for policy practice


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.