Changing Social Policy (SRAP5019)

How is social policy changing and what is driving this change?

How does research respond to change and improve social policy?

‘Changing Social Policy’ will introduce you to a complex and dynamic view of social policy that is influenced by social change, political agendas, social movements, emerging issues and new trends. As part of the course, you will be encouraged to critically examine the main fields of social policy, including poverty, work, gender, and the services available for vulnerable groups, in addition to the theories, methods and approaches used to examine social policy.

The course is administered by staff from SPRC, with each seminar led by staff with specific expertise in the topic area, using case-study material drawn from recent cutting-edge projects conducted within the research centre. This unique style of research-led teaching offers you an enhanced learning experience that will align closely with your practice needs if you are already working in the field.

'Changing Social Policy' will be offered in Semester 2, 2016 with classes to be held on Wednesday evenings from 6pm-8pm at UNSW Kensington campus. 

The course is designed for:

Feedback from former students:

I am really enjoying the course so far. It’s very engaging and the highlight of my week!

I have really enjoyed it...My favourite subject so far.

I found this course incredibly interesting and found myself excited to attend class each week.

For more information, please contact Fiona Hilferty at or (02) 9385 7836 or read more in the UNSW Handbook (please note that the course description in the UNSW Handbook is currently incorrect).