SOCPY300-19B (HAM)

Social Policy

15 Points

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

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Convenor(s)

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: 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 is designed to build on SOCP102 (Introduction to Social Policy) and SOCP206 (Social Policy & Social Issues), and to provide students with the opportunity to acquire knowledge that is relevant to Issues of gender and race in the social policy field. The theoretical perspectives covered in the earlier papers will be consolidated and extended, and the ways in which policy is formulated and enacted will be discussed in relation to a range of policies to that relate to the gender, race, and human rights.
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Paper Structure

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This paper entails one two-hour lecture and one one-hour lecture (which will be recorded for Tauranga students). 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 this paper tend to be the ones who get the most of out it.

There is at least one guest speaker planed to talk with the class.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
    • have a conceptual understanding of the ways in which social policy is formulated and implemented, and the institutions that are involved in this process.
    • identify a number of ways in which stakeholders can interact with the formulation and implementation of social policy.
    • demonstrate an advanced analytical knowledge of social policy in relation to gender, race and human rights (or another area agreed upon between the student and Johanna).
    • develop the capacity to research and write for some of the audiences with interests in the policy area.
    Linked to the following assessments:
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Assessment

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Debate

You will assigned a affirmative or/negative side on a particular topic in small groups to argue from a policy perspective. This will be assigned at least a week prior to the debate in class. The group debates will take place in class time.

Debate Reflection

The debate reflection will be divided in two parts. The first part is to reflect over the debates, issues raised and how they were presented. The second part will enable a reflection of your perspective and in light of the material covered in class.

Research Proposal

The proposal sets out the topic that each student will work on through the rest of the semester and submit at the end of the semester (date as noted above). Topic details will be in handout regarding the research proposal and report and will also be available on Moodle.

Draft Report

This is a draft of the report done at the stage of the press release presentations. It will enable the marking of the press release presentation.

Press Release Presentation

Each student will present their press release of the findings of their report to the class. More information regarding the press release exercise will be distributed in class and on Moodle

Press Release

Each student will write a short press release based on their report. More information regarding the press release presentation exercise will be distributed in class and on Moodle.

Report

You will research and write a report on the topic discussed in your presentation. Detailed instructions regarding structure and content will be provided in class and on Moodle, and there will be considerable opportunities for discussing your report within class (and individually if desired).

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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. Debate
29 Jul 2019
10:00 AM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
2. Debate Reflection
16 Aug 2019
4:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Research Proposal
30 Aug 2019
4:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Draft Report
4 Oct 2019
4:00 PM
5
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Press Release Presentation
7 Oct 2019
10:00 AM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
6. Written Press Release
14 Oct 2019
4:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Report
18 Oct 2019
4:00 PM
35
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
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 Moodle or on on the Reading List for the course. This will include 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 the previous papers relevant for this paper as well, especially Social policy in Aotearoa New Zealand (Cheyne, O'Brien, & Belgrave, 2008). Students who have not taken SOCP206 should read this text in preparation for this course.
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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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There are three hours of class time for this paper every week - one two-hour lecture and one one-hour lecture as noted above in lecture times. You are expected to attend all lectures.

Successful completion of the paper will require approximately 100 further hours of self-directed study for reading, preparation of written assessment, and revision across the semester. 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, specially in relation to social policy regarding race/ethnicity, sex/gender and human rights.

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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: SOCP302

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