SPE502 Social Work and Social Policy Practice (8)

The main thrust of this subject is to introduce the subject of social policy, analytically discuss social policymaking processes and develop social policy practice skills. Particularly, it will emphasise the role of social workers in policymaking 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: SPE502. 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

Students must be enrolled in the MSW (Professional Qualifying)

Subject Relationships

SPE401 This is a version (at Masters level) of SPE401

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to understand the meaning, nature and scope of social policy
  • be able to critically analyse the contributions of the three levels of government and various institutions involved in the policymaking process
  • be able to identify and analyse significant players/participants and the interests they represent
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of policymaking and policy analysis frameworks and be able to point out missing links
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the processes of policy implementation and evaluation and their importance in achieving social goals
  • be able to 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
  • be able to develop social work vision for social policy and society


This subject will cover the following topics:

1. Concept and nature of social policy 2. The Australian state and changing profile of certain population groups 3. Players who matter in the policymaking process: Whose interest do they represent? 4. Policymaking models/ frameworks 5. Social policy analysis frameworks 6. Social policy implementation and evaluation 7. Case studies: social policymaking processes 8. Social policy practice knowledge and skills 9. 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.