Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Honours (FHEQ level 6)|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
|Requisites:||Before taking this unit you must take SP10001 and take SP10002|
1. To compare different ways of meeting financial need, and in particular recent 'welfare reforms' in the UK, the USA and Australia; 2. To critically examine the assumptions and values that structure social security provision.
By the end of the unit, students will have:
* studied key texts relating to the goals and welfare reform in the UK, Australia and the USA (including government papers, Select Committee reports, independent reports);
* analysed the role of political institutions and critical actors in the reform processes in these countries;
* explored the methods and criteria for the evaluation of the outcomes of social security policy;
* in respect of the UK, examined in detail whether and how the needs of different 'client' groups are met. By the end of the unit, students should be able to:
* identify and apply appropriate criteria for the analysis of policy goals and outcomes in respect of social security policy.
* To think creatively and analytically;
* To communicate an argument;
* To evaluate others' arguments and research;
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information;
* To gather information, data, research and literature from a number of different sources (i.e. library, web-based, archives etc.);
* To select appropriate and relevant information from a wide source and large body of knowledge;
* To develop revision and examination skills;
* To develop time-management and administrative skills;
* To develop presentation skills and verbal communication (i.e. oral presentations, seminar and tutorial contributions);
* To develop team and group working skills.
The scope of structure of social security policy; Models of social security policy; Reviews and reforms; Australia, USA and UK; Social Security Expenditure trends; Benefit take-up and adequacy; Fraud and Abuse. Reform in relation to specific policy areas; Unemployment and work incentives; Families and lone parents, Child Support; Housing; Pensions; Disability; tax credits.
SP30013 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences
SP30013 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies