GSSA 2103 - Politics, Policy & Citizenship
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GSSA 2103 Course Politics, Policy & Citizenship Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units of Level I study Incompatible GWSI 2016, GWSI 3016, GWSI 2103 Course Description The course examines social policy and citizenship in Australia from the perspective of the social sciences. It has a focus on the historical and contemporary constructions of Australian citizenship and how these constructions both impact upon and is shaped by social policy. A key focus will be the representation of contemporary public issues within a social policy framework drawing attention to the ways different knowledges of the social sciences understand public issues and how these issues are in turn constructed in policy. The course also examines emerging debates on the social, political and economic definitions and re-definitions of citizenship. Current debates in the broad areas of power relations, political and social rights and the future of welfare policy in an era of globalisation and economic uncertainty are examined. A selection of case studies drawing on current research will be used to provide a framework for understanding social policy and citizenship dimensions in Australian society. This course has an applied focus through which students study the policy process and develop policy analysis skills.
Course Coordinator: Professor Susan Oakley
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1 Understand social policy, critical reading and analytical writing 2 Locate, access and evaluate a range of resources available to support critical policy research and writing 3 Apply social policy to critical discussions relating to society on a local and global scale 4 Confidently engage with social policy in the real world 5 Demonstrate a critical approach to ethical issues in the context of public policy about contemporary issues and debates 6 Demonstrate productive and respectful engagement with their peers through structured group work 7 Prepare and deliver coherent and logically argued written texts
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 2,3,5,7 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1,3,5,7 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 6,7 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 2,5, A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3,4,5,6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3,5 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 5
Required ResourcesThe course reader: Politics, Policy & Citizenship can be purchased at Image and Copy Centre
Online LearningAdditional materials will be made available on Myuni.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course integrates lectures, workshops and students’ independent and collaborative study to facilitate engaged learning in critical dialogue, problem-posing and the sociological imagination. Lectures will introduce new content in historical and contemporary contexts, highlighting the issues, policy responses and impacts on citizenship. Students will be required to read and comment on the texts in their writing and group work. Students will experience in practice the way policy is considered, critiqued and reformulated in a ‘work setting’. Students will be provided with opportunities to learn new skills in collaborative projects.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lecture (or equivalent) per week 12 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour seminar (or equivalent) per week 24 hours per semester 5 hours reading per week 60 hours per semester 3 hours assignment preparation per week 36 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester TOTAL WORKLOAD 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummaryIntroduction to the course & historical background to the field
Understanding social policy & citizenship
Institutional context of policy making
Understanding how social policy is made part 1: Values, language, concepts
Understanding how social policy is made part 2: Think tanks and ‘special interest’ groups
Historical context of Australian social policy
Policy in practice: Actors and Agents
International context for Australian social policy
Challenges for the 21st century – where is Australian social policy heading?
Structure of the report
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are required to complete all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass the course.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome Essay Formative and Summative 20% 1, 4, 7 Group activity 1: minutes Formative and Summative 10% 7, 9, 12, 16 Group activity 2: briefing paper Formative and Summative 15% 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15 Group activity 3: presentation Formative and Summative 15% 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14, 15, 16 Research project Formative and Summative 40% 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Assessment Related RequirementsStudents are required to complete all assessment tasks to be eligible to pass this course.
Assessment DetailThe following principles of conduct for staff and students have been adopted by the Discipline of Gender Studies and Social Analysis.
Active and appropriate participation; based on preparation for the lectures and group work is required.
Valuing diversity of experiences and contribution of other students – listening attentively to the contributions of others, considering how you frame your own responses, especially if they are critical (comment on aspects of the argument and do not criticise the characteristics of the person), and employ self-critique (use the contributions of others to ask questions about your own perspectives and assumptions).
SubmissionYour assignments in this course must be submitted online via the relevant MyUni course site.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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