Modules for course L3BM | MA/SOCPOL
MA Social Policy

These are the modules currently offered on this course in the 2019–20 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:

  • HPS-4001: Society Pol & Hist Karl Marx (20) (Semester 2)
  • SXY-4010: Transnational Crime (20) (Semester 2)
    1. Course Outline Study of Transnational Crime and Policing 2. Study of Terrorism 3. Study of State Crime 4. Study of Organised Crime 5. Group Presentations 6. Reading Week 7. Study of ID theft 8. Group Presentations 9. Study of Trafficking in arms, drugs and people 10. Study of Corporate Crime 11. Study of eCrime 12. Student Presentations 1
  • SXY-4015: Key Issues in Criminology (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXP-4018: Researching Community (20) (Semester 2)
    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
  • SXY-4020: Comparative & Intl Crim Just (20) (Semester 2)
    • The promise and problems of Understanding Criminal Justice Comparatively • Review of core aspects of criminal justice with reference to England and Wales • Doing criminal justice differently • Punishment and penal policy across the globe • Victims, victimisation, and criminal justice • Models of criminal justice and their applicability • Forms of international criminal justice – the ICC • Alternative forms of justice – Truths Commissions
  • 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 1)
    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