20 credits at level HE4
Introducing and developing a critical awareness of the debates, issues and concepts surrounding the terms welfare, social and policy.
Exploring the evolution of forms of welfare provision from pre-industrial times to the present.
Critically examining the social, political, economic and theoretical forces at work which produce various form of policy legislation and a changing role for the state.
Applying this critical understanding to an analysis of current policy directions.
Understanding of the issues and debates involved in making sense of concepts such as ‘well being.
Awareness of elitist, pluralist and Marxist perspectives on how policies are formed.
Competing theories of the role of the state on the basis as either a positive liberating force, or as a negative force.
Development of social provision including the theoretical perspectives which cite intolerability, needs of professionals/bureaucracy, cost-benefit analysis, needs of the economy and so on, with focus on utilitarian thinking and the rise of Liberalism.
Solutions to the social problems of poverty, health, education and crime.
Nature and development of the welfare state, with a focus on the ideas of Beveridge.
Critically evaluate the challenges to this paradigm.
Analyse current policy directions in the light of the above and apply this to some form of changing provision.
Learning and Teaching
This will be through a combination of formal lectures, informal whole group discussions, small group discussions and individual tutorials. Where possible an approach favouring student participation will be encouraged and the three hour session will be sub-divided to accommodate this.
There will be a strong element of both whole group and individual development of study skills, particularly essay writing, note taking, referencing, time management explicitly as part of the learning to learn programme.
The assessment will take the form of a 2000 and a 2500 word essay.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Use social , political and economic theory to explore welfare issues.
||Show in your written work and classroom discussions that you have understood how a variety of theoretical positions can have an impact on welfare policy.|
|2.||Apply theories to community contexts.
||Demonstrate, using evidence, how theories can affect forms of welfare and the communities we live in.|
|3.||Analyse the development of social policy in Britain and the role of the state in an informed and critical way.||Demonstrate in written submissions that you can discuss the changing role of the state in welfare and relate this to current policy.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A 2000 word essay.||A 2500 word essay.|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
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|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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