Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)|
|Supplementary Assessment:||SP20006 Coursework - Re-assessment only (where allowed by programme regulations)|
The aims of the unit are to:
* Introduce students to theories of social justice
* Explain a range of concepts and principles used to justify the role of the state in social policy, and the political and theoretical contexts in which they were developed.
* Explain a range of concepts and principles used to critique the role of the state in social policy and the political and theoretical contexts in which they were developed.
* Apply the concepts and principles to specific and topical social policy issues, debates and 'problems'
* Evaluate the relative merits of different arguments in terms of both theoretical debates and empirical examples.
By the end of the unit the students will:
* Be familiar with theories of social justice and the broad range of principles around which political debates in social policy have been structured.
* Understand how different principles relate to different theoretical and political traditions.
* Be able to explain how principles of equity, need, justice, liberty, citizenship, risk and equality can be used to defend or critique state provision of social policy.
* Be able to apply some of these principles to analyse and evaluate current debates in social policy.
* think creatively and analytically
* communicate an argument
* evaluate others' arguments and research.
* critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information.
* select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge.
* synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
* Study & Learning skills
* Basic Information and Computing Technology skills
* Inter-personal and communication skills
* Revision and Examination skills
* Time-management and administrative skills
* Presentation skills and verbal communication
* Team and group working skills
* prioritise workloads, and utilise long- and short-term planning skills.
Each lecture will cover one core principle, including: Social Justice, Need, Freedom, Equality, Equity, Citizenship, Community, Risk. The seminars will apply each to one issue or problem in contemporary social policy; for example, training schemes and equality of opportunity; citizenship and rights to a basic income, allocation of resources.
SP20006 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences
SP20006 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences