Examines how social issues in contemporary Australia are constructed and interpreted across their social, cultural, political and moral dimensions. The unit examines the role of discourses in the construction of social issues, social groups and social arenas as social problems and the role of the state in the translation of these into social policy. Areas examined may include work, families, disabilities, Indigeneity and education. Concepts such as globalization, neoliberalist, individualization, race relations, risk and social exclusion explain the relationship between the individual, the group and the state. The unit is relevant to anyone seeking to understand contemporary social issues, especially students working in the area of human services, including social work, education, law and the criminal justice system.
Intermediate level: 3,000 word assignment (40%), tutorial participation assessment equivalent to 500 words (10%), 2hr exam (50%)
Advanced level: 3,500 word assignment (40%), tutorial participation assessment equivalent to 500 words (10%), 2hr exam (50%)
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Campus - H Hobart, L Launceston, W Burnie. Study Centre - V Sydney, R Rozelle, P Beauty Point. Distance units may also have a campus identifier of I Isolated, N Interstate, O Overseas. Units delivered in Transnational Education (TNE) Programs have a campus identifier of A Hangzhou, F Fuzhou, G Shanghai, K KDU Malaysia, Q Kuwait or Y Hong Kong.