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Unit information: Social Policy and the Welfare State: Historical Perspectives in 2013/14

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Unit name Social Policy and the Welfare State: Historical Perspectives
Unit code SPOL10011
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Lart
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description

This unit will provide an introduction to the history of British social welfare since the early nineteenth century. It will focus on key areas of social welfare and policy such as poverty and social exclusion, health, housing, education, employment, citizenship and immigration, and criminal justice. The unit will review continuities and changes in the policy and practice of welfare, explore the reasons for them and provide an assessment of their impact.

To provide:

a. An introduction to the history of British social policy focusing on key areas of social policy such as poverty and social exclusion, health, housing, education, employment, citizenship and immigration, and criminal justice. b. A review of the continuities and changes in the policy and practice of welfare from the nineteenth century onwards to the present. c. An explanation of such trends. d. An assessment of their impact.

Intended learning outcomes

a.An understanding of the history of British social policy

b.Knowledge of continuities and changes over time in policy and practice relating to the ‘core’ services that contribute to individual and collective social well being.

c.An awareness of the varied explanations of change and of different assessments of their impact.

Teaching details

Lectures and seminars

Assessment Details

Assessment will be against the programme criteria defined for the appropriate level.

Formative assessment: One essay up to 2500 words

Summative assessment : 3 hour unseen exam

Reading and References

  • Alcock, P. (2003) Social Policy in Britain. Palgrave/Macmillan
  • Bochel et al (2005) Social Policy: Issues and Developments. Pearson/Prentice Hall
  • Lowe, R. (2005) The Welfare State in Britain since 1945. Macmillan

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