SOCPY201-18A (HAM)

Social Policy, Families and Children

15 Points

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Division of Arts, Social Sciences and Law
School of Social Sciences
Social Policy

Staff

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Convenor(s)

Lecturer(s)

Administrator(s)

: rachel.gosnell-maddock@waikato.ac.nz

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: jillene.bydder@waikato.ac.nz

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Paper Description

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This paper further develops students’ theoretical understanding of social policy, while focusing specifically on policy related to families and children, providing insight into the relationships between policy and lived experience.
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Paper Structure

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This paper involves one two-hour and one one-hour lecture. These classes will include regular discussion of the assessments, developing relevant skills and workshopping various aspects of the assessments. Discussion within the class is encouraged, and students are welcome to either email or bring in examples etc that are relevant to the paper content. Students who actively participate in the paper are likely to get the most of out it.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • understand the ways in which social policy is formulated and implemented, and the institutions that are involved in these processes.
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  • identify a number of ways in which stakeholders can interact with the formulation and implementation of social policy.
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  • demonstrate analytical knowledge of social policy in relation to children, youth, and families (or another area agreed upon between the student and Johanna).
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  • develop the capacity to research and write for some of the audiences with interests in the policy area.
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Assessment

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Detailed handouts regarding each assessment will be delivered in class and via Moodle, and students will have ample opportunity in lectures to discuss and clarify the requirements for assessments. This paper does not involve group work for assessments, but students are strongly encouraged to share relevant resources and work together wherever helpful - for example, swapping drafts of assessments to read, etc.

As noted below, all referencing should be in APA format. As well as the link below, a 'quick guide' to APA referencing will be provided on Moodle. APA referencing will be given for any readings provided via Moodle.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 30% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 30% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Reading and analysis exercise
23 Mar 2018
4:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Debate analysis
13 Apr 2018
4:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Report
25 May 2018
4:00 PM
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Exam
30
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 no set text for this paper. A range of readings will be made available on through the paper’s reading list (and sometimes on Moodle), including academic publications, reports, media reporting on issues, Ministerial releases, and a range of other material. Some of this will be required readings for specific lectures (this will be clearly indicated); other material will be of more general relevance. Students are recommended to become familiar with the writing styles demonstrated across this range of resources. Students are expected to undertake the required readings before the relevant lectures.
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Recommended Readings

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Students are likely to find the texts for previous and other social policy papers relevant for this paper as well, especially Social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand (Cheyne, O'Brien, & Belgrave, 2008), which is the required text for SOCPY200.
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Online Support

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Moodle is the primary online support system for this paper. Notices are sent to the class via Moodle frequently, and it is thus important that I am able to contact you through this medium.

Lecture notes, required and recommended readings, links to useful websites, and other helpful material will be placed on Moodle.

If a notice is sent out via Moodle, it is assumed you will have received it. If material is placed on Moodle, it is assumed you have access to it. If, for any reason, you are unable to access Moodle, please advise Johanna so that alternative arrangements can be made until you do have Moodle access.

Students are expected to utilise the material available on Moodle as relevant, but must also undertake independent research to locate further appropriate material for assessments and other aspects of the paper. Reading a range of academic material relevant to the topic is crucial to adequately complete any assessment.
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Workload

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This paper is worth 15 points – as a full semester workload is 60 points, students should expect to devote at least 25% of a full-time workload to this paper – i.e. ten hours per week through the entire semester, comprised of both lecture attendance and self-directed study – reading, writing assessments, and revision. Students are expected to manage their workload to allow for this to be undertaken in a timely fashion.

Classes are likely to include discussion of relevant social policy developments that might be occurring as the paper proceeds, and it is recommended that students maintain familiarity with national politics, especially in relation to social policy regarding children and families.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: SOCPY100 or SOCP102 or SOCPY200 or SOCP206

Corequisite(s)

Equivalent(s)

Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: SOCY222

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