SS6000 - Comparative and Global Social Policy (2018/19)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2018/19|
|Module title||Comparative and Global Social Policy|
|Module level||Honours (06)|
|Credit rating for module||30|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||300|
|Running in 2018/19||
A1. To provide students with an understanding of the diversity of welfare in different countries.
A2. To examine a range of transnational and global social policies and their influences on national social policies.
A3. To study the broader political, social and economic context in which social policy is constructed and implemented.
• Comparative Social Policy: Theory, Methods, Data LO1
• Regime types LO1
• Social policy in a range of specific countries LO2
• Globalisation and welfare LO3, LO4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Teaching will comprise weekly workshops in which lectures will be followed by exercises and reflexive discussion in seminars. Teaching will be informed by research and scholarly activities of the tutors.
Learning will be supported by the WebLearn site for the module which will include all the teaching materials and guidance for assessment.
Upon successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
(L01) apply different models of welfare regimes to the analysis of social policies in comparative perspective
(LO2) critically assess the influence of global social processes on welfare in particular countries and regions
(LO3) apply theories and models of social policy analysis to a range of social policy areas such as migration, education, family, poverty and social exclusion and urban development
(LO4) demonstrate understanding of path dependencies and convergences in national policies
An essay (2500 words) to be submitted in week 13 will assess the students’ understanding of welfare regime modelling in relation to social policies in comparative context. Students will be asked to compare and contrast the welfare regimes and analyse how far these regime types have or have not showed convergence or path dependency. It will have 40% weighting. A 3000 words essay in week 28 will assess the students’ ability to apply the key concepts and models of social policy analysis to specific policy areas. It will have 60% weighting. The assessment can be passed on aggregate.
Greve, B. (2013) Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State
Hemerijck, A. (2013) Changing Welfare States,
Hudson, J. et al (2015) The Short Guide to Social Policy
Isaacs, S. (ed) (2017) European Social Problems, Routledge
van Kersbergen, K. (2014) Comparative Welfare State Politics
Alcock, P. et al (2016) Student’s Companion to Social Policy, 5th ed, Wiley
Blank, R. (2013) Comparative Health Policy, 4th edition, Palgrave
Castles, F. et al (2010) Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State, Oxford Univ Press
Greve, B. (2013) Routledge Handbook of the Welfare State, Routledge
Hudson, J. et al (2008) The Short Guide to Social Policy, Policy Press
Pascall, G. (2012) Gender Equality and the Welfare State, Policy Press
van Kersbergen, K. (2014) Comparative Welfare State Politics, Cambridge Univ Press
Wahl, A. (2011) The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State, Pluto