Social Policy and Development (POLS90056)

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Applications are invited for Social Policy and Development (POLS90056), a subject that will be taught online in conjunction with staff and students from partner Universitas Gadjah Mada in Jogjakarta, Indonesia.

The subject will use teaching mediums that connect Melbourne students with our partners in Indonesia and with experts in the field. This provides an exciting opportunity for students from each University to learn with and from each other to gain deeper knowledge on tackling inequalities and understanding real-world development challenges and responses through social policy in lower-middle income countries.

Explore the sections below to learn more about this subject and how to apply!

  • Key dates

    Application deadline: 11.59pm Thursday 16 July Sunday 9 August. See the "How to apply" section below to link to the online application form.

    Online teaching dates: 9 - 20 November 2020.

  • Overview

    A quota of 30 applies to this subject. This subject is normally taught in Indonesia as a University of Melbourne Overseas Subject with our partner institution the University of Gadjah Mada. In 2020, due to international travel restrictions, the subject will still be taught but online (or in a blended learning format) in accordance University policies. The subject will still involve Masters students from Melbourne as well as Masters students and staff from our partner university in Indonesia. The subject will use teaching mediums that connect Melbourne students with our partners in Indonesia and with experts in the field. This provides an exciting opportunity for students from each University to learn with and from each other to gain deeper knowledge on tackling inequalities and understanding real-world development challenges and responses through social policy in lower-middle income countries.

    This subject investigates the linkage between social policy and development (including economic development) within developing countries. It focuses on the roles played by states, markets and communities in the Asia-Pacific region in responding to key social policy issues such as poverty and welfare, unemployment, old age, health, disability, and the socio-economic position of women. The subject examines how different developing countries attempt to instigate social policy-related change via rational policy formation and implementation, public sector and community leadership, economic-driven change (such as micro-finance schemes), and working with international investment from firms, aid donors and NGOs. In the November offering, teaching will include real world social policy examples from Indonesia.

  • Eligibility

    Enrolment is by competitive application. The subject coordinator will choose successful applicants based on the criteria outlined below and establish a ranked waitlist of unsuccessful applicants.

    You must first apply and be selected before you can be enrolled in this subject, and you must also ensure that you have confirmed with a course advisor from Stop 1 that this subject can be credited to your degree or diploma prior to applying. If this subject is not listed as an approved elective for your course, you will need to attain written (email) permission from your course coordinator and provide this to Stop 1 before you can be enrolled.

    Preference will be given to students in the final stages of their program.

    The following minimum entry criteria will strictly apply:

    • These subjects are special electives in the Masters of Development Studies (MDS) and the Masters of International Relations (MIR) program, so MDS and MIR students will receive priority. Applications from students enrolled in other Masters programs in the Faculty of Arts are welcome but will be assessed
    • Students enrolled in 150 and 200 point programs must have completed at least 37.5 points and have achieved a WAM of 70% or above. Students enrolled in 100 point programs are not subject to this criterion
    • Applicants will be required to provide a brief explanation of their reasons for choosing this subject and make their case for admittance against the questions in the application form

    The decisions of the subject coordinator will be final and subject to the limits of the quota.

  • Credit

    This subject is worth 12.5 points.

  • How to apply

    Applications close at 11.59pm on Thursday 16 July 2020 Sunday 9 August.

    Please apply online via our Social Policy and Development (POLS90056) form.

    Applicants will be required to provide a brief explanation of their reasons for choosing this subject and make their case for admittance against the questions in the application form.

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  • More information

    More information including assessment details are available on the Social Policy and Development (POLS90056) Handbook web page.

    Please send any queries to arts-studentprograms@unimelb.edu.au.