Modules for course L3BM | MA/SOCPOL
MA Social Policy

These were the modules for this course in the 2018–19 academic year.

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Semester 2

  • SXU-4005: Research Process and Meaning (20)
  • SXU-4016: Dissertation (60)
    One-on-one supervision tutorials, as determined by the progress of the individual student, to include guidance on identifying and planning an appropriate research topic, investigation and applying relevant theoretical concepts, planning and conducting fieldwork and data collection (where relevant) and presenting the results coherently and in the appropriate format.
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    SCU-4016: Traethawd Hir (60)
    Tiwtorialau goruchwylio un-i-un, fel y pennir gan ddatblygiad y myfyriwr unigol, i gynnwys cyfarwyddyd ar nodi a chynllunio testun ymchwil priodol, ymchwilio a defnyddio cysyniadau damcaniaethol perthnasol, cynllunio a gwneud gwaith maes a chasglu data (lle bo'n berthnasol) a chyflwyno'r canlyniadau'n gydlynol ac yn y ffurf briodol.
  • SXP-4040: Key Issues in Social Policy (20)
    1. Orientation to the programme 2. What about theory? Explores student’s theoretical knowledge. Demonstrates ‘rethinking’ in social policy and developments in theoretical pluralism. Identifies the approach of critical social policy 3 & 4. Social Trends (two sessions) Key demographic changes and their implications for social policy interventions are discussed. Concepts like globalisation and convergence will be introduced. Students will be guided in accessing demographic material in social policy 5. Need or Risk? This session develops an understanding of the concept of risk in social policy drawing on examples from health and social welfare. Students will be encouraged to debate notions of freedom, empowerment and risk. 6. Markets and the delivery of Welfare This session considers issues related to the introduction of market principles to the arena of welfare. Drawing on contemporary examples issues such as regulation, resource allocation, equity etc. will be discussed in the context of the mixed economy of welfare. 7. Universality and Difference This session considers the issues difference and diversity pose for contemporary social policy. The concept of difference will be explored and the issues it raises for universalist welfare provision. 8. Equal Opportunities Equal Opportunities, anti discriminatory practice are now firmly ensconced in social legislation, policy and practice. This session considers rationale for, key approaches to and likely impacts of equal opportunities in social welfare. 9. Rights or Responsibilities? This sessions explores the debates on welfare dependency and mechanisms aimed at reducing Welfare dependency in a national and international context. 10 & 11. The Limits of Social Welfare Law (two sessions) Drawing on examples from core welfare legislation this sessions indicates the constraints of social welfare law in protecting the rights of individuals. Introduces students to the processes involved in studying case material. 12-14. Policy Analysis and Evaluation (three sessions) Guides students through the processes of policy evaluation. Considers the What Works? approach and its critics 15. Social Policy Research This session critically explores the nature, content and constraints on doing research on social policy issues. It considers the key dissemination tools in social policy research and introduces students to the techniques of writing for publication. 16. Comparative Social Policy This workshop will consider the importance of comparative studies, and briefly survey this dynamic and 17. Civil Society This session explores the increased interest in civil society and its functions in relation to social welfare. It critically explores the concept of community in this context. 19. User involvement, participation and empowerment Notions of democratic participation in welfare and the active engagement of citizens in the organisation and delivery of welfare will be considered. 20. Social Policy in Wales - Devolved Governance I Provides an overview of the new political structure in Wales and major social policy developments in Wales. 21. Social Policy in Wales - Devolved Governance II Considers the implications of devolved governments for the notion of UK social policy. 22. Local Governance Looks at Modernising Local government and considers issues of regulation, effectiveness, efficiency at local government level.

Optional Modules

60 credits from:

  • SXW-4002: SW with Adults (20) (Semester 1)
    Community Care services are provided to a wide range of adults, including older people, people with learning disabilities, people with physical disabilities, people with mental health problems, people with HIV/AIDS, people who misuse drugs and alcohol and people with a terminal illness. The course content is designed to give the student a good understanding of the provision of social work and social care services for adults in Wales with comparisons with the rest of the UK and EU countries. It will incorporate the latest legislative and policy frameworks in this area such as the Mental Health Measure 2010 and Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010. It will also look at the importance of the Welsh Language Measure 2011 to the provision of Community Care services in Wales, reflecting the Welsh Government’s dignity in care agenda. It will explore the role of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. It will examine new developments in Community Care such as the personalisation agenda. It will also examine some of the major challenges for the future, such as an ageing population and the increase need for specialised services, such as services for people with dementia. There will also be an exploration of the important contribution made by informal carers to the success of Community Care in Wales. Links will be made with the Integrated Family Support Services (IFSS) introduced following the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010, to meet the needs of families with complex needs, such as parental mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse. It will also address the requirements in the Social Services Wales Bill 2012, in areas such as safeguarding vulnerable adults. It will critically examine models of disability, including the medical and social models. Academics, service users, carers and a range of Community Care practitioners will contribute to the teaching on this module. The teaching will address the requirements of the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce. It will incorporate the International Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 Articles 9(1)(2)&(3), 18(1)(2)&(3), 32(1). The module will also focus on regional, national, and European policies directed at achieving social inclusion, integration, social justice and human rights. Information relating to social work law in this module may change in the light of new legislation and case law. One of the sessions will be facilitated by representatives of service users and carers. The session will reflect on Community Care from a service user and carer perspective. The module includes attention to: • The framework of Community Care Services • Messages from research in community care and care management • Core approaches to work with adults • Caring for carers • Involving users in care planning • Dilemmas in work with vulnerable adults • All Wales Strategies and Frameworks • European comparisons • Mental Health Policy • Social Inequality • Safeguarding • Capacity issues and legislation • Human Rights • Awareness of the role of AMPs (Approved Mental Health Practitioners) within a multi-disciplinary setting A range of practice approaches will be looked at with reference to their theoretical bases and the views and experiences of people who are users and providers of services.
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    SCW-4002: GC gydag Oedolion (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXW-4006: SW with Children, YP & Fams (20) (Semester 1)
    This module will address the involvement of children, young people and families with social work services, and will consider the different types of abuse and their impacts. The legal and procedural aspects of work with these children and families will be explored, in order to give students an understanding of what practice in this sector entails. Attention will be given to research and what is known about what works in resolving family problems and safeguarding children, as well as the challenges and dilemmas of promoting best outcomes for looked after children, and those in transition or leaving care. The dilemmas and values issues in relation to work with children will be made explicit, in order to promote reflection and critical consideration of practice challenges. Attention will be given to groups particularly affected by disadvantage and potentially more vulnerable to risk, such as disabled children. The teaching will be set in the context of Welsh policy and practice, but will also reflect knowledge and good practice beyond Wales from which we can learn. Children’s rights will underpin every topic, and the voice of service users and their experiences will form a key consideration for students throughout the teaching on the module. Information relating to social work law in this module may change in the light of new legislation and case law.
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    SCW-4006: GC gyda Phlant PI a Theuluoedd (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXP-4018: Researching Community (20) (Semester 1)
    1. Conceptualising community 2. Community studies as a method of social research 3. Space and locality studies 4. Social network approaches 5. Virtual communities and globalisation 6. Imagined communities 7. Governmental approaches to community 8. Community action, mobilisation and cities 9. Community cohesion agendas 10. Methodological developments in researching place and space
  • SXU-4020: Social Science in Action (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXP-4028: Policy Research & Evaluation (20) (Semester 2)
    • Basic Concepts and Definitions • The need for monitoring and evaluation • Differences and relationship between monitoring and evaluation • Building evaluation into programme planning and implementation • Approaches and evaluation models • Evaluation methods and tools • Outcome versus process • Working with planners, practitioners and users • Internal and external evaluation • Planning and protocol development • Costing an evaluation • Carrying out evaluation research in your own organization • Maintaining independence • Dissemination and change management
  • SXP-4037: Health Policies (20) (Semester 1)
    Health Policy Comparative health policy Comparing health care systems Global patterning of health Social determinants of Health Health Inequalities Spatial patterning of health Unemployment and Health Global Ageing Rationing and Health Policy The Professions History of Health Policy in Britain I History of Health Policy in Britain II The Privatisation and Marketisation of Health Care The Changing Divide between Health and Social Care Devolution and Health policy Mental Health Policy Governance and Health Care Language, Culture and Health Policy
  • SXS-4064: Nationalism and Minorities (20) (Semester 2)
    The course will be divided into two parts. The first part will examine the general theoretical arguments and approaches concerning nationalism, ethnicity, minority rights and multiculturalism. The second part will be devoted to specific types and examples of cultural diversity focusing on minority nationalisms, linguistic minorities, post-immigrant minorities, indigenous peoples, as well as their relations with majorities. Individual weekly lecture topics will be drawn from the following: Part A: Theoretical arguments • Analytical concepts: nation, culture, indigenous people, ethnic group • Minorities and the state, concepts of plural and multicultural societies • Theories of minority rights: Kymlicka et al • Multiculturalism and the politics of recognition • Tensions between human rights and respect for cultural difference • Groupist and essentialist fallacies Part B: Empirical examples • Self-determination and nations without states • Indigenous peoples, land and modernity • The politics of minority languages • Ethnic and nationalist conflict • Majorities as minorities