SOCPY100-22A (TGA)

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.
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Paper Structure

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Lectures
There are 1-2 hours of lecture content per week, provided as short lecture videos on Moodle that students watch in their own time. There are no in-person lectures for SOCPY100.

Workshops
Starting from week 1, there is a two-hour in-person workshop every week for SOCPY100. There is also an online workshop option for students not able to be on campus, which does not occur at a set time; instead students have to complete a set of questions/tasks on Moodle each week.

The workshops are applied and focus on the completion of questions and activities for which students need to prepare for in advance, including by completing a workshop reading. Attendance at workshops is strongly recommended because they contribute a substantial amount to your internal assessment.

Structure of Topics
The weekly topics discussed in SOCPY100 are a mix of two kinds of topics. Some discuss policy in general (e.g., scope of social policy, the policy cycle, policy processes, statistics & data, policy evaluation), and others investigate and analyse specific social policy areas (e.g., housing, Māori policy, education, health, social security, social services, crime & justice.)

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a good knowledge of the history of social policy in developed democracies, with an emphasis on New Zealand, through workshop discussion, tasks, and assignments
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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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  • 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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  • Deploy independent research skills to present information gathered in a workbook, discussion post, poster and essay formats;
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  • Identify and discuss different kinds of analysis and evaluations of policy responses under exam conditions;
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  • Demonstrate independent research skills, including library and internet research; and
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  • Provide professional writing modelled on work practices 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. Weekly Workshop Tasks
30
  • Other: In Class in Workshop or Submission to Moodle
2. Reading Quizzes
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Onion Essay
3 Apr 2022
5:00 PM
20
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4. Poster Assignment
27 May 2022
5:00 PM
25
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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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There is a required textbook:
• Hassall, G. & Karacaoglu, G. (Eds). (2021). Social policy practices and processes in Aotearoa New Zealand. Massey University Press.

A hard copy can be bought from the university bookstore or from the publisher's website. There are copies also available in the university library high-demand section. All reading quizzes ask questions related to chapters from the Hassall & Karacaoglu textbook.

There are also workshop readings in most weeks, which are provided in the Workshops booklet and are also available through the SOCPY100 Reading List which is linked on Moodle. Students can buy the Workshops booklet from the university print shop (available just before semester starts).
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Recommended Readings

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Additional texts in the library that you might find useful to consult include:

• Alcock, P., May, M., & Rowlingson, K. (Eds.). (2008). The Student's Companion to Social Policy (3rd ed.). Blackwell.
• Cheyne, C., O’Brien, M., & Belgrave, M. (2008). Social Policy in Aotearoa New Zealand. Oxford University Press.
• Drake, R. F. (2001). The Principles of Social Policy. Palgrave.

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Other Resources

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Students are encouraged to obtain support and advice on their essay writing as needed from services such as Studiosity or Student Learning (links below in the Student Support section).
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Online Support

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This paper is supported on Moodle. Lecture videos, lecture powerpoints, other videos, readings, assessment guidelines, and other resources are all available on the course website on Moodle.

The lecturer holds zoom office hours weekly, and students are also welcome to email if they have questions about the course. See Moodle for details.
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Workload

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Over the trimester, this paper has 24 hours of face-to-face class contact time during the weekly workshops, plus up to 24 hours of lecture video content. Successful completion of the paper will require a further 6-8 hours of work each week by students, such as completing readings, writing notes and answers in workbooks, preparing for assessment (essay and poster), and completing reading quizzes.

The best way to do well in SOCPY100 is to watch/listen to all lecture materials and to regularly attend weekly workshops.

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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 complements papers or majors in Social Work, Sociology, Health, Public Policy, Economics, Legal Studies, Law, and Environmental Planning.
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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: SOCP102

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