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SP10001: Social policy, welfare and the state

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Social & Policy Sciences
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 20%, PF 80%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Assessment Group N: CW 20% (N) (CW 20%)
  • Assessment Group S: CW 20% (S) Social Work (CW 20% - Qualifying Mark: 40)
  • Assessment Group N: PF 80% (PF 80%)
  • Assessment Group S: PF 80% (PF 80% - Qualifying Mark: 40)

Information regarding synoptic assessment for this unit will be published shortly. In the meantime please contact the Director of Studies or consult your programme handbook for further details.

Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
1. To introduce key concepts of social policy, in particular equality, social justice and citizenship.
2. To examine accounts of the development of the relationship between welfare and the state in Britain.
3. To introduce the major areas of social policy.
4. To introduce students to cross-national welfare state comparisons.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit students should be able to:
* critically evaluate accounts of the history of the welfare state in Britain;
* assess debates about the role of the state in the promotion of equality, social justice and citizenship rights;
* communicate and discuss ideas in seminars;
* synthesise material from a range of sources in order to construct and present an argument.

Skills:

* To think imaginatively and analytically.
* To construct and communicate an argument.
* To evaluate others' arguments and empirical research.
* Study & learning skills: note taking, avoiding plagarism, using the library, constructing a bibliography, referencing.
* To learn independently and be able to assess own learning needs and seek advice from Learning Support if necessary.
* Basic ICT skills (word processing, email, using the web, use of VLEs).
* Essay research, planning and writing skills.
* Time-management and work planning skills.
* Presentation skills.

Content:
Key themes of equality, social justice, citizenship and the role of the state: histories of the British welfare state (Poor laws, Liberal Reforms, Beveridgean welfare state and postwar settlement, restructuring of welfare); areas of social policy (health care; housing; education; care; income maintenance).
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

SP10001 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AFB15 : BSc(Hons) Social Work and Applied Social Studies (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Sociology and Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 1)

SP10001 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department of Social & Policy Sciences

SP10001 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology Department of Social & Policy Sciences
  • UHSP-AFB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB21 : BSc(Hons) International Development with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)

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