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SP10287: Social policy and YOU

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: CW 100%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
1. To illustrate to students the ways in which policy influences their lives from before their birth through until after their death.
2. Focus on key transitional stages of life (such as school years and transition into work), examining the role of policy in shaping these transitions that have particular relevance to current University students.
3. To understand the theoretical perspectives under-pinning the policy positions held by different sides in policy debates.
4. To critically examine policies in action, discussing and debating the merits of different policy options in a range of contexts using evidence from the academic and policy literature.
5. To highlight the importance and relevance of the topics studied by focusing on the arguments for and against recent policy changes or current proposals to change policy in the life-stages studied.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Understand a wide range of areas in which policy choices directly affect each of us at different times in our life.
2. Use empirical evidence to critically evaluate a number of current policy positions (and their theoretical underpinnings) and draw their own conclusions regarding the 'right' policy direction.
3. Recognise how inequality between individuals can operate along a number of dimensions, with government policy having the opportunity to reduce or exaggerate the effects.
4. Understand the boundaries between the state, civil society institutions (such as the family) and individuals, appreciate how policy affects these boundaries and the pros and cons of shifting them.

Skills:

* To think creatively and analytically.
* To communicate an argument.
* To evaluate others' arguments and research.
* To learn independently and be able to assess own learning needs (i.e. identify strengths and improve weaknesses in methods of learning and studying).
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence as well as a variety of other information.
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding.
* Study & learning skills (note taking, avoiding plagarism, using the library, gathering and using information, constructing a bibliography, referencing).
* Basic ICT skills (word processing, email, using the web, use of VLEs).
* Interpersonal and communication skills.
* Essay research, preparation and writing skills.
* To construct a bibliography
* Essay writing skills.
* To manage time effectively and respond to changing demands.

Content:
9 topics:
1. Pre-birth years: covers areas such as sexual health, sex education, teenage pregnancy
2. Early years and childhood: covers areas such as child health, childcare, early years education, child benefit
3. School years: covers areas such as education policy, school systems, SATs and testing, post-16 choices, RPA
4. School-to-work transition: covers areas such as University fees, vocational training, apprenticeships, youth unemployment, scarring effects, NEETs, entering the labour market during a recession
5. Voting, young people and policy: covers areas such as engagement with politics, campaigns, apathy and disaffection
6. Working life: covers areas such as labour market inequalities, gender, SES, pay-gaps and progression, top jobs, unemployment, dynamics, effects, New Deal
7. Family life: covers areas such as maternity/paternity leave, childcare and maternal employment, breakdown and single-parenthood
8. Retirement, ageing and death: covers areas such as the third age, funeral costs, digital and other assets, inheritance tax
9. Intergenerational transmission: covers areas such as transmission of education, wealth, status; social mobility and inequality; intergenerational justice.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:
NB. Postgraduate programme information will be added when the postgraduate catalogues are published in August 2020

SP10287 is a Generally Available Unit which is available to all students of the University (subject to the usual constraints) to take either as a Director of Studies approved option within their programme of study or as an 'extra' unit which does not count towards a final award.

SP10287 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB43 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (ab initio French) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB44 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (ab initio German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB47 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (ab initio Italian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB48 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (ab initio Mandarin) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB46 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (ab initio Russian) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB45 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (ab initio Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB43 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (French) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB44 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (German) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AYB45 : BA(Hons) International Politics and Modern Languages (Spanish) with Year Abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AFB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AAB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AKB30 : BSc(Hons) Politics and International Relations with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AFB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AAB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Study year abroad (Year 1)
  • UHPL-AKB10 : BSc(Hons) Politics with Economics with Year long work placement (Year 1)
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)
  • UHSP-AFB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB16 : BSc(Hons) Social Policy with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AFB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AKB05 : BSc(Hons) Social Sciences with Year long work placement (Year 1)
  • UHSP-AFB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology (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)
  • UHSP-AKB04 : BSc(Hons) Sociology with Year long work placement (Year 1)

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