module specification

SS6000 - Comparative and Global Social Policy (2019/20)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2019/20
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
90 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
210 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 40%   Essay 2500 words
Coursework 60%   Essay 3000 words
Running in 2019/20

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Year North Tuesday Morning

Module summary

 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.

Learning outcomes

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

Assessment strategy

 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.


 Core reading

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

Additional reading

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