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Unit information: Social Policy and the Welfare State: Key Concepts and Contemporary Issues in 2016/17

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Unit name Social Policy and the Welfare State: Key Concepts and Contemporary Issues
Unit code SPOL10018
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Eroglu-Hawksworth
Open unit status Open




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

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides an introduction to the key concepts and issues in social
policy. In the first part of the unit, a series of key concepts, such as need,
globalisation, citizenship and risk will be addressed. The second part of the
unit will serve to illustrate the relevance of these concepts to the analysis of
a number of contemporary issues. The unit will focus on current debates in
a variety of areas of social policy such as employment, housing and poverty.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Students will:
•Understand the key concepts in social policy
•Be familiar with contemporary social policy issues
•Be able to apply concepts to the analysis of contemporary issues

Teaching Information

Lectures and Seminars

Assessment Information

Formative: a one hour 'practice exam' to assess and support the students' preparations for the summative assessment.

Summative (100%): a three hour exam which will enable the students to meet the intended learning outcomes for the unit.

All assessment is marked against the published marking criteria for that level, as stated in the Social Policy Programme handbook.

Reading and References

  • Alcock, P, May, M and S.Wright (2012) The Student's Companion to Social Policy, (4th Ed.). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
  • Baldock, J. Mitton, L., Manning, N. and S. Vickerstaff (2011). Social Policy (4th Ed). Buckingham: Oxford University Press.
  • Blakemore, K. (2007) Social Policy: an Introduction. Buckingham: Oxford University Press.
  • Castles, F.G., Leibfried, S., Lewis, J. Obinger, H and Pierson, C.

(2010). The Oxford Handbook of the Welfare State. Oxford: Oxford
University Press.

  • Daly, M. (2011) Welfare. Cambridge: Polity Press.
  • Dean, H. (2012) Social Policy: a Short Introduction. Cambridge: Polity


  • Greve, B. (2014) Welfare and the Welfare State: Present and Future. New

York: Routledge.

  • Lister, R. (2Daly, M. (2011) Welfare. Cambridge: Polity Press.