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North, South, East, West: Comparative Social Policy - SOCI811

This unit investigates and analyses social policy experiments around the world. Social policies that aim to enhance public welfare are often incorrectly considered to solely be the province of wealthy Western democracies. In fact, some of the most interesting social policy experiments in recent times have occurred in East Asia, Latin America and beyond. In this unit we build on foundational knowledge established in earlier core social policy units (SOC810 and SOC818) and core methodology units (SOC830 and SOC831), which we strongly recommend that you do before undertaking this unit. We extend our analysis to social policy in richer and poorer countries, considering similarities as well as differences in scale, scope, instruments and politics. The course proceeds in three sections. The first engages with frameworks for comparing social policies, welfare states and understanding historical developments. The second section considers recent developments in the welfare regimes of Europe, North America and the Antipodes. The third section outlines contemporary experiments in East Asia, Latin America and Africa, contemplating their implications for how we understand social policy.

Credit Points: 4
When Offered:

S1 Evening - Session 1, North Ryde, Evening

Staff Contact(s): Dr Adam Stebbing

SOC810 and SOC818 and admission to MPASR or MPASRMDevStud or MPPPMPASR or GradDipPASR or GradCertPASR or MPlan Prerequisite Information


SOC830 and SOC831

Unit Designation(s):


Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Sociology

Faculty of Arts

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