Social Policy, Families and Children
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This paper has a blended approach** to content delivery. For Hamilton students, most weeks will involve one two-hour and one one-hour class per week - these will be a mix of standard lectures and workshops (mostly focused on the assessments). In some weeks, the content will be delivered online, through a combination of Moodle Lessons and online video material.
As social policy is always being developed and refined, the topics outlined below will, as much as practicable, include discussion of recent events. Discussion within class is encouraged, and students are welcome to either email or bring in examples of policies or consequences of policies that are relevant to the paper content. Students who actively participate in the paper (through bringing in examples, contributing to class discussion, etc) are likely to get the most out of it.
Classes will include regular discussion of assessments, developing relevant skills to complete these exercises, and workshopping various aspects of the assessments. Preparing for this workshops will help in achieving the best possible grades in the assessments.
**The blended aspect of this paper does not mean that it is a FLEXI paper. Students are expected to attend the in-person lectures.
Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:
- understand the ways in which social policy is formulated and implemented, and the institutions that are involved in these processes.
- understand causes and effects of child poverty.
- identify ways in which stakeholders can interact with the formulation and implementation of social policy.
- demonstrate analytical and critical understanding and knowledge of social policy in relation to children and families.
- begin to develop capacity to research and write for some of the audiences with interests in the policy area.
Detailed handouts regarding each assessment will be delivered in class and via Moodle, and students will have ample opportunity in class to discuss and clarify 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 this would be helpful - for example, swapping drafts of assessments to read.
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 on Moodle for any readings provided.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 70:30. The final exam makes up 30% of the overall mark.
|Percentage of overall mark
|1. Online quizzes
|2. Reading & analysis exercise
12 Aug 2022
|3. Debate analysis
16 Sep 2022
|4. Select Committee submission
14 Oct 2022
Required and Recommended Readings
There is no set text for this paper. Readings will be provided through the SOCPY201 Reading List, or via Moodle. Students are expected to have completed the required readings prior to the relevant lecture. This will be clearly indicated on Moodle, and will include academic publications, reports, media reporting on issues, ministerial releases, and a range of other material.
In addition to readings for specific lectures, some material of a more general nature will also be provided. Students are advised to become familiar with the writing styles and context across the range of resources provided.
Moodle is the primary online support system for this paper, and thus it is important that you have access to Moodle, and that your contact details on Moodle are current. Lecture notes, information regarding required and recommended readings, links to useful websites, and other helpful material will be made available through Moodle. If a resource is uploaded to Moodle, it is assumed that you have access to it.
Notices are sent to the class via Moodle frequently. If a notice is sent out via Moodle, it is assumed that you have received it.
If, for any reason, you are unable to access Moodle, please advise Johanna so alternative arrangements can be made until you do have access.
Students are expected to utilise the resources available on Moodle as relevant, but must also undertake independent research to locate further material for assessments and other aspects of the paper. Reading a range of academic material relevant to the topic is crucial to adequately completing any assessment.
This paper is worth 15 points. As a full semester workload is 60 points, students should expected to devote 25% of a fulltime workload to this paper i.e. an average of ten hours per week throughout the entire semester, including undertaking each week's readings, engaging with the lessons and short presentations, attending workshops, and reading, researching and writing for assessments. Completing the work for each week before the end of that week will ensure that you keep up with the material.
Classes are likely to include discussion of relevant social policy developments that may be occurring during the semester, and it is recommended that students maintain familiarity with national politics, especially in relation to social policy regarding children and families.
Linkages to Other Papers
Prerequisite papers: SOCPY100 or SOCP102 or SOCPY200 or SOCP206
Restricted papers: SOCY222