Courses & Units

Social Problems and Social Policy HGA223

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Introduction

Examines how social issues in contemporary Australia are constructed and interpreted across their social, cultural, political and moral dimensions. The unit examines the role of discourses in the construction of social issues, social groups and social arenas as social problems and the role of the state in the translation of these into social policy. Areas examined may include work, families, disabilities, Indigeneity and education. Concepts such as globalization, neoliberalism, individualization, race relations, risk and social exclusion explain the relationship between the individual, the group and the state. The unit is relevant to anyone seeking to understand contemporary social issues, especially students working in the area of human services, including social work, education, law and the criminal justice system.

Summary

Unit name Social Problems and Social Policy
Unit code HGA223
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Sociology and Criminology
Coordinator Doctor Kathleen Flanagan
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate

Availability

Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Cradle Coast Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic

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International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 10/7/2023 8/8/2023 28/8/2023 15/10/2023

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Unit census dates currently displaying for 2023 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2023 will be available from the 1st October 2022. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how contemporary social problems are defined and used in policy making processes.
  • Analyse how social policies are formed and debated and situate them in a social context.
  • Apply relevant sociological theories and concepts to social problems and social policy.
  • Communicate sociological ideas, theories and concepts in a logical and coherent way.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090301 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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Requisites

Prerequisites

25 credit points at Introductory level or higher

Teaching

AssessmentTake-home exam (35%)|Workshop exercises (30%)|Essay (35%)
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Textbooks

Required

Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.

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