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Unit information: Social Policy and Social Change in East Asia in 2017/18

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Unit name Social Policy and Social Change in East Asia
Unit code SPOLM4005
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Izuhara
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

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

Description

This unit will have four components. The introductory set of sessions will deal with the distinctiveness (or otherwise) of welfare systems in East Asia. This will engage with theoretical debates about welfare regimes as well as more substantive discussions of human capital investment, demographic change and the contemporary political economy of East Asia. These discussions will then be linked to three policy themes: urbanization and shelter; wealth and inequality; welfare and family change.

This unit aims to:

  • consider the distinctiveness (or otherwise) of welfare systems in East Asia in the areas of urbanization and shelter; wealth and inequality; welfare and family change;
  • introduce students to theoretical debates about welfare regimes;
  • explore human capital investment, demographic change and the contemporary political economy of East Asia.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit students will have developed their knowledge and critical understanding of:

  • the distinctiveness (or otherwise) of welfare systems in East Asia in the areas of urbanization and shelter; wealth and inequality; welfare and family change;
  • the major theoretical debates about welfare regimes;
  • human capital investment, demographic change and the contemporary political economy of East Asia.

Teaching details

Lectures, seminars, presentation, small and large group activities.

Assessment Details

1 x up to 4,000 word assignment reflecting the learning outcomes listed above.

Reading and References

  • Walker, A. and Wong, CK (eds) (2005) East Asian Welfare Regimes in Transition: From Confucianism to globalisation, Bristol: The Policy Press
  • Chan, CK, Ngok, K. and Phillips, D. (2008) Social Policy in China: Development and well-being, Bristol: The Policy Press
  • Goodman, R. White, G. and Kwon, Huck-ju (1998) The East Asian Welfare Model London; Routledge
  • Izuhara, M. (Ed) (2003) Comparing Social Policies: Exploring new perspectives in Britain and Japan Bristol: The Policy Press
  • Tang, K-L (2000) Social Welfare Development in East Asia Basingstoke: Palgrave
  • Tan, G. (2000) Asian Development: An introduction to Economic, Social and Political Change in Asia Singapore: Times Academic Press

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