Department of Social & Policy Sciences, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
The aims of the teaching sessions are to:
* introduce and evaluate the theories explaining the dynamics of social policy development, and their variation.
* explain in detail the social, political and economic development and characteristics of western European welfare states, and two Eastern European welfare states.
* explain the key issues and questions arising from, and characteristics of, social policy in five areas and how they are understood and addressed in different European welfare states.
* review and evaluate the theories explaining the causes, dynamics and consequences of welfare state reform.
* explain how social policy objectives and outcomes can be defined and described, and how they vary between policy areas, programmes and countries.
By the end of the unit the students will have:
* sound knowledge and critical understanding of the main theoretical explanations of welfare state development in Europe;
* sound knowledge of the social, political and economic characteristics of a range of European welfare states;
* detailed knowledge of one policy area in at least two countries, including characteristics of policy development, pressures for change, and existing policy outcomes;
* sound knowledge and critical understanding of the main theories explaining the pressures for, causes and consequences of welfare state reform;
* critical understanding of the cross-national variation in definitions and measurement of policy objectives and outcomes.
By the end of the unit, students will be able to:
* Apply and evaluate a range of theoretical explanations of welfare state development.
* Comparatively analyse and explain the historical and contemporary development of European welfare states.
* Comparatively analyse and evaluate contemporary policy developments in at least two countries.
* Identify and analyse the causes and consequences of policy change, with reference to contemporary theoretical explanations of welfare state retrenchment and reform.
* Explain the significance of cross-national variation in the definition and measurement of policy problems, objectives and outcomes.
Why study comparative social policy? Theories of social policy development: industrialisation, power resources, state theories, regime theories. Case studies of social policy development in selected countries. Cross-national comparisons of selected social policies. Theories and comparative studies of welfare state reform and retrenchment.Policy convergence and policy learning.
SP50075 is Compulsory on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences
SP50075 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
SP50075 is available for Auditing on the following programmes:Department of Social & Policy Sciences