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The task is to write a 1000 word essay about the values and ideologies which underpin your chosen social policy. The actual content of this essay is dependant on the policy you choose -
First Step: Choose which social policy you will discuss from the list in the subject outline - all policies are also in a folder in the Assessment section. This is the policy you will analyse throughout this subject - you will be expected to read widely about this area and the specific policy.
Second Step: Ensure you have undertaken all the readings around values and ideology in policy.
Third Step: Now examine your chosen policy and identify and analyse the values and ideology you can see embedded in the policy statements - you may be able to identify this from the language used, the voices that are heard and what the policy is silent on. The criteria differentiates between public and professional values - where will you be able to see professional values on this topic??
You might like to consult sources that may have analysed your policy - what do they say about the values and ideologies that underpin this area - consider the AASW and ACWA sites, the Australian Social Policy Association, The Australian Journal of Social Issues, other academic journals, ACOSS, The Australian Institute of Family Studies, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, and media outlets like the ABC, SBS and The Conversation. Make sure you check the particular values of your sources ( For example the Centre for Independent Studies is anything but).
This is a short essay but nonetheless you should follow an essay structure - a short introduction to your topic and your argument, followed by a series of paragraphs that each make a clear concise point about your argument and provide evidence from the literature to support your argument and, finally, a conclusion that summarises your points and makes an overall statement that you believe you have demonstrated.
The word length is 1000 words without references and 10% over or under this exact number is acceptable. APA referencing style needs to be used - check and double check that you are accurate and consistent.
Look at the marking criteria displayed in the subject outline - do you think you have demonstrated these attributes in your essay?