Guides students in understanding meaning and operation of social policy in Australia. Taking critical approach, placing analysis of social policy in international context, provides framework for understanding roles and relationships of key players and institutions that influence decision-making process.
Part 1: Introduction to social policy. 1. What is social policy?
2. Values, concepts and social policy design
3. A framework for understanding and action
4. The institutional context for decisions and action
Part 2: The historical, international and changing context for action. 5. The historical context for action
6. Australian social policy in an international context
7. Changes and challenges
Part 3: Areas for social policy action. 8. Population: an ever-present policy issue
9. Unemployment policy: Unemployment, underemployment and labour market insecurity
10. Social security policy: doing more with less?
11. Housing policy: changes and prospects
12. Health policy in Australia: change and continuity
13. Education policy: issues, debates and opportunities in Australian schooling
14. Community services, individualism and markets
15. Climate change: a new challenge for social policy
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