module specification

SS5015 - Social Problems and Social Policy (2018/19)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2018/19
Module title Social Problems and Social Policy
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 30
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 300
 
90 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
210 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Four short answer questions
Group Presentation 20%   Photo-voice presentation
Coursework 50%   Policy Analysis
Running in 2018/19
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Monday Morning

Module summary

 The aims of the module are:

1. To develop students’ understanding of how social problems and social policy relate

2. To examine the relationship between the process of policy making and policy implementation, alongside its impact using some key social problem examples.

3. To elucidate key concepts in social policy: needs, citizenship; community; liberty; equality; social justice; social exclusion.

4. To delineate shifting debates about social problems and relate these to the delivery of benefits and services.

Syllabus

 The social problems perspective LO1
Key concepts: relating social problems and social policy LO1
Economic and political context of welfare LO2
Power structures in policy making: levels of governance; devolution; social movements LO2, LO3
Implementation and delivery: the roles of market, family, not-for-profit and public sector LO4
Social Problems and policy solutions in the UK & Europe LO4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Teaching will comprise weekly classroom style workshops with interactive exercises and discussions. 
Teaching will be informed by research and scholarly activity of the tutors
Learning will be supported by the weblearn site for the modules which will include all the teaching materials and a wide range of learning resources

Learning outcomes

 On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Elucidate key social problems that shape social policy discourses and their implementation
2. Escribe and dissect the relationship between social policy  and government in meeting basic needs and addressing social problems
3. Elaborate on how the concepts of citizenship, social justice, family and individual responsibility, and social exclusion are applied in students’ experience of welfare
4. Identify and analyse the changing power structures at local, regional, national and supranational levels of governance in the delivery of public obligations and recognition of social needs

Assessment strategy

 Teaching will comprise weekly classroom style workshops with interactive exercises and discussions. 
Teaching will be informed by research and scholarly activity of the tutors
Learning will be supported by the weblearn site for the modules which will include all the teaching materials and a wide range of learning resources

 

Bibliography

 Identify core and additional reading

Core reading: 

S. Isaacs (ed)  European Social Problems, Routledge 2017

McBride, S. & Evans, B., The Austerity State, UOT Press

Fitzpatrick, T. (2011) Welfare Theory: An Introduction, Palgrave

Additional reading

Hills, J. (2009) Towards a More Equal Society, Policy Press

Hudson, J. and Lowe, S. (2009) Understanding the Policy Process, Policy Press

Lister, R. (2010) Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy, Policy Press