SOCPY100-20A (HAM)

Introduction to Social Policy

15 Points

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Division of Arts Law Psychology & Social Sciences
School of Social Sciences
Sociology and Social Policy

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces students to the core theories that underpin social policy and examines how these are expressed in the practice of social policy. The paper content is global in scope, but has a focus on Western, industrialised societies. Attention is given to the role of values and choices in social policy and the ways in which these are reflected in a range of political ideologies. The discussions of key theories and concepts are linked to real life circumstances and specific social policy issues. This is given practical expression through the contributions of guest lecturers from time to time. These guests provide insights into how social policies impact on real people in real world situations and how policy is operationalised on the front line.

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Paper Structure

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The paper is taught through lectures (2 hours per week), and tutorials (1 hour per week). Lectures are recorded and available via Panopto for you to refer to later. However, attendance at lectures is strongly recommended, and extra credit for the exam is available for attendance at lectures.

The paper is also supported online through Moodle,

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the history of social policy in developed democracies, with an emphasis on New Zealand through tutorial discussion, assignments and exam;
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  • List and understand aspects of the basic theories and concepts deployed in the social policy arena;
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  • Describe selected contemporary social policy issues and debates in New Zealand and internationally;
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  • Identify and discuss different kinds of analysis and evaluations of policy responses under exam conditions;
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  • Understand the structures, institutions and processes that are part of the ‘big five’ policy areas of welfare states: Education, Health, Housing, Social Security and Social Services;
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  • Demonstrate independent research skills, including library and internet research;
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  • Deploy independent research skills to represent information gathered in poster and essay format; and
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  • Provide professional writing in report format used in the work practice of government departments.
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Assessment

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There are some important rules that need to be followed in the University context. You may not submit assignments (or parts of assignments) for this paper that you have submitted for another paper and any information that you use in assignments needs to be referenced. If you breach these rules you can be referred to the disciplinary committee. At university a high standard of writing is expected for all written assessments. Writing does not come easily to everyone, but in order to make your way in the world of academia and the workplace when you leave the University of Waikato, it is important to develop the skills to write clearly and succinctly without spelling or typographical errors. In particular you need to be able to construct sentences and paragraphs effectively. If you struggle to understand grammar, write complete sentences and paragraphs make time to get your assignments checked by student support learning services.

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assignment 1: Big five Poster
22 Mar 2020
No set time
20
  • Hand-in: In Tutorial
2. Assignment Two: Report on a social problem
10 May 2020
11:30 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Essay
25 May 2020
11:30 PM
20
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4. Tutorial participation
10
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5. Exam
35
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Drake, R. (2003+) The principles of social policy. Palgrave: Basingstoke.

This book provides an excellent grounding in the concepts which underpin social policies and their influence within particular political ideologies. It is not necessary to get the 2003 edition; any edition will be fine.

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Recommended Readings

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Alcock et al, (2003). The student's companion to social policy. Blackwell: Oxford.
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Other Resources

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Additional resources will be available through links on Moodle and we are continuously developing a Waikato Reading List for this paper.
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Online Support

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This paper is supported on Moodle with lecture notes, a range of internet resources, assessment guidelines, and links to extra resources in relevant topic areas.
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Workload

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This paper has close to 40 hours of class contact time in total. Normally, there are 2 hours of lectures per week and a further hour for tutorial work. Successful completion of the paper will require a further 80 hours of self-directed study. You are urged to attend all lectures and scheduled tutorials.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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This paper is a core paper for Social Policy majors and bridges students into the second-year SOCPY papers. It is a required paper for Social Work majors in Tauranga,. This paper also sits well with papers or majors in Sociology, Public Policy, Economics, Legal Studies and Law and the Environmental Planning degree.
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Restricted papers: SOCP102

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