Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2013 academic year unless otherwise specified.
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- Undergraduate Information
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- How to Find out More
- Related Subjects and Careers
- List of Courses
This subject is taught by the School of Social and Cultural Studies.
Social Policy at Victoria is the study of how and why social policy gets made, and how it works in the real world. At the heart of Social Policy is a focus on what is commonly referred to as peoples' wellbeing or needs. Central to this are three broad questions: are we responsible for one another, as citizens, as taxpayers, as employees/employers, as family/whanau, or as members of an iwi or community? If we are responsible, what form should this take: financial support, protection, or care? And who should provide support or protection: the state, the market, the family, or charities?
The concern with wellbeing, and discussion on who is responsible for improving wellbeing, involves a number of areas of policy debate, including: poverty and social exclusion; changing populations and patterns of family life; health care reform; education policies; and housing and homelessness.
Elements from Sociology, Political Science, Social History, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, and Public Policy are used to explore a range of social issues and questions. In particular, there is constant interaction between the social trends studied by sociologists and the social policies discussed in this subject area. A major in Social Policy as part of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) would be relevant to those students who are interested in questions about how a society meets peoples' needs and explores current public concern and debate around the principles, policies and legislation that affect peoples' living conditions.
BA Major Requirements
- SPOL 113 and one course from (SOSC 112, ECON 130, POLS 111)
- 40 points from SPOL 200-399
- 40 points from SPOL 300-399
Postgraduate Qualifications in Social Policy
For information specific to Social Policy, please see our Postgraduate Study page. For information about the postgraduate qualifications, please click on the Faculty links below.
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Social Policy courses are taught within the School of Social and Cultural Studies.
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Majoring in Social Policy, possibly in conjunction with majors in other Social Science subjects, Public Policy or Law, is a valuable basis for planning a career in social science research, policy analysis or professional work, e.g. psychology, social work, nursing and other health professions, teaching, management consultancy, and management and administration of social service organisations, including those in the private and voluntary sectors.
Please note: the list below shows undergraduate-level courses only. For a complete course listing, see the list of all Social Policy courses.
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|100 Level Courses|
SPOL 113 – Social and Public Policy: Values and Change
|200 Level Courses|
SACS 201 – Methods in Social and Cultural Research
SPOL 203 – Special Topic: Comparative Welfare Regimes
SPOL 209 – Social Policy and the Family
SPOL 215 – Reproducing Gendered Bodies
|300 Level Courses|
SPOL 306 – Social Inequality
SPOL 314 – Sociology of Health and Illness
SPOL 315 – Reproducing Gendered Bodies
SPOL 318 – Social Movements and the State
SPOL 319 – Knowledge, Power and Understanding