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.
|Unit name||Social Problems and Social Policy|
|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|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
|Cradle Coast||Semester 2||On-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).
Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).
- 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 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.
Please note: international students should refer to What is an indicative Fee? to get an indicative course cost.
Prerequisites25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty
|Assessment||Take-home exam (35%)|Workshop exercises (30%)|Essay (35%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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