Social policy is concerned with actions by government, the private sector, families and communities to tackle social problems and work towards a more just and equal society. Drawing on a range of social sciences, including Sociology, Economics and Political Science, this major explores how social policies are developed, influenced, implemented, and evaluated. You will be introduced to the fundamental theories and concepts for analysing social policies and focus on substantive areas of policy including housing, health, education, welfare and the personal social services, in Australia and internationally. You will learn to propose and analyse policies for their potential impacts on social and economic welfare, recognising tensions related to resource allocation, power and inequality, political ideologies, and government intervention.
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