2 years
Study mode
Full-time & Part-time
Other costs
Other costs apply

About this course

Entry Requirements


Social Policy at Victoria is the study of how and why social policy gets made, and how it works in the real world. At the heart of Social Policy is a focus on what is commonly referred to as peoples' wellbeing or needs. Central to this are three broad questions: are we responsible for one another, as citizens, as taxpayers, as employees/employers, as family/whanau, or as members of an iwi or community? If we are responsible, what form should this take: financial support, protection, or care? And who should provide support or protection: the state, the market, the family, or charities?

The concern with wellbeing, and discussion on who is responsible for improving wellbeing, involves a number of areas of policy debate, including: poverty and social exclusion; changing populations and patterns of family life; health care reform; education policies; and housing and homelessness

Elements from Sociology, Political Science, Social History, Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, and Public Policy are used to explore a range of social issues and questions. In particular, there is constant interaction between the social trends studied by sociologists and the social policies discussed in this subject area. A course in Social Policy is appropriate for students from throughout the University because questions about how a society meets peoples' needs are a prominent part of current public concern and debate.