Course

Social Justice, Social Policy and Social Problems


Course code 77334

This course will enable you to analyse the relationship between private troubles and public issues, and how policy responses to social problems change over time. You will critically evaluate the social policy development process in Aotearoa New Zealand and the processes and procedures for policy review and change.

The course will also consider the different meanings of social justice, and analyse contemporary global, national and local perspectives on social justice and human rights issues in Aotearoa New Zealand including the rights of Tangata Whenua as indigenous people. You will be able to apply skills in advocacy and to work with service-users to prepare a case, and design a strategy for social policy change.

How to enrol

Before enrolling in this course you need to:

  • Choose the qualification you will study the course under. See the Work towards tab below for qualification options.
  • Check the order that courses in the qualification should be studied in the Qualification Structure table. This is in the Choose courses tab on the qualification page.

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • Plan and propose tactics and strategies to empower service users, promote social justice and advocate social change
  • Analyse the relationship between private troubles and public issues, and the development of social policy responses to social problems over time
  • Critically evaluate contemporary social justice and human rights issues in Aotearoa New Zealand including the rights of Tangata Whenua as indigenous people

Course content includes

  • Concepts of social justice in Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Contemporary social justice and te Tiriti o Waitangi 
  • Private troubles and public issues
  • The social policy process and the role of local and national government
  • Social justice and human rights: global, national and local perspectives
  • Processes and procedures for policy review and change
  • Social development, partnership and empowerment
  • Brokerage, advocacy and campaigning for social change
  • Skills to critically appraise research including ethical and cultural considerations

Assessment

This course is 100% internally assessed

Textbooks

There is a textbook required for this course. Visit our textbook page for more information.