Policy Practice (Social work core subject )


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Assessment #1 – Policy analysis paper 1
Policy Formation (2,000 words) 45% of total marks Individual Assignment.
STUDENT TO SELECT ONE (1) SOCIAL POLICY FOR IN-DEPTH AND CRITICAL ANALYSIS FOR ASSIGNMENTS 1 & 2 FROM THE LIST BELOW. THE SAME POLICY WILL BE USED FOR BOTH ASSIGNMENTS.
1. Unemployment
2, Housing / homelessness
3. Health
4. Disability
5. Aged
6. Indigenous
Using the Althaus et al., Australian Policy Handbook, 2012, 5th edn. and Bacchi, 2009, chapters 1 & 2 analyse your chosen policy.
1. Policy Formation
(a) Policy history and outline
(b) Identifying issues and problem representations – how are the issues framed?
(c) Issue drivers – what policy principles and values are at stake
(d) Media portrayal of the policy – issues, clients etc.
2. Policy analysis Althaus – especially the toolkit)
(a) Economic framework
(b) Social framework
(c) Political framework
(d) Legal framework
3. Critique the rationale, assumptions, (especially contradictions and inconsistencies) using Bacchi’s framework below
(a) Assess the impact on relationships between stakeholders
Bacchi’s framework
1. What is the problem?
2. What presuppositions or assumptions underline the problem
3. How has the representation come about?
4. What is left unproblematic in this problem representation?
4.1 Where are the silences?
4.2 Can the problem be thought about differently?
5. What effects are produced by this representation of the problem?
6. How / where has this representation of the problem been produced, disseminated, defended? How could it be questioned?
Policy topics / area
1. Housing
Homelessness
Public Housing
2. Health –
Private Health Insurance
Mental Health
3. Child / Youth –
Youth Allowance
Child Protection
4. Aged
Aged Care
Aged Pensions
5. Indigenous
Indigenous Health
Indigenous Welfare
Assessment #3 – Continuous assessment
Assessment 3 – continuous assessment (600-700 words)
CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT – 10% WEIGHTING –
* Re-submission and re-marking is not applicable to assessment 3
Continuous requirements:
The submission of a written proposal for your policy analysis paper 1 in week 6 (approximately 500 words).
The proposal should include:
1. clear identification of the actual policy name/title as per policy product document/s
launch/implementation date
2. outline the key issues and issue drivers that you have selected to analyse their problematisations
3. discuss the focus you are taking through which conventional and alternative analytical frameworks
4. identify how the literature you have already sourced underpins your analysis
5. reference list



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