20 credits at level HE7
This module aims to introduce students to ways of conceptualizing conflict and consensus within the NHS since 1948. Following a historical and social scientific introduction, it pays close attention to ideas associated with the name of Rudolf Klein. Klein's model presents the system as a 'field of contestation' involving a large number of socially, economically, medically and politically differentiated interest groups. A major theme throughout will be to test the validity of the model against events and processes in three sub-periods, 1948-60,1960-80, and 1980 to the near-present. Throughout the course students will be introduced to comparative material with particular reference being made to French, German, Scandinavian and north American systems. Within this context, attention will be drawn to relationships between economy, society, and the organizational and ideological shape of health and social care.
1. Demographic and medical developments. 2. Frameworks of analysis. 3. Introducing the Klein model. 4. Applying the model, 1945-8. 5. Applying the model, 1948-60. 6. Applying the model 1960-80. 7. Applying the model, 1980-2000. 8. Interest groups. 9. Politicians. 10. Civil servants. 11. Patients. 12. Conflict and consensus, 1948-2000. 13. Futures. 14. Britain, Europe and north America: comparions and contrasts.
1. Informal lectures. 2. Learning and Resources Centre Workshops. 3. Thematic seminars. 4. Tutorials. 5. Student presentations. 6. Student paper, 5000 words.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Possess an outline understanding of the evolution of the NHS.||Write a 5,000 word paper and give presentation on a negociated topic in this area.|
|2.||Understand social scientific analysis of large-scale welfare organizations.||Confirm this aspect of your work via the paper, as above. Particular reference should be made wherever possible to the national distinctivesss of the British system and the extent to which it has influenced or diverges from forms and procedures in Europe and north America.|
|3.||Display ability to relate developments to your own field of work.||Present a 10 minute seminar paper negociated with the tutor.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
E.J.Evans, Thatcher and Thatcherism (London, 1997)
R.Klein, The New Politics of the NHS (London, third edition, 1995)
R.Lowe, The Welfare State in Britain since 1945. (London, second edition, 1999)
A.Pettigrew, Shaping Strategic Change: The Case of the NHS (London, 1992)
C.Webster, The Health Services since the War: A Politicval History (Oxford, 1998)
|Host Subject Group:||Health, Social and Community Studies|
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