Poverty & Social Exclusion
Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Hefin Gwilym
Overall aims and purpose
This module provides students with a knowledge of the debates about the definition, causation, incidence, and effects of poverty and social exclusion in both the UK and a comparative context, and provides an analysis of the policy initiatives currently employed to address the problem.
This module will examine the explanations for, and the experience of, poverty in the UK and in comparative perspective. It will aim to address the following aspects:
- Defining poverty – how is poverty defined? What is social exclusion? How important is inequality?
- Explaining poverty - how has the persistence of poverty been explained? This will look particularly at ‘pathological’ explanations involving a ‘culture of poverty’ or the existence of an ‘underclass’
- The risk of poverty – who is most at risk of being poor, and what are the possible consequences?
- Experiencing poverty - what does it mean to be poor in the UK today?
- Dimensions of poverty - what are the various dimensions of poverty, including income, wealth, health, education and housing.
- International issues – can we ‘make poverty history’?
- Confronting poverty – what policies are most effective against poverty? Is poverty or inequality the real problem?
thresholdDemonstrate a basic knowledge of the definitions of, explanations for and government actions on poverty and exclusion, showing some evidence of independent reading and research.
goodDemonstrate a substantial knowledge of the definitions of, explanations for and government actions on poverty and exclusion, showing some evidence of independent reading and research.
excellentDemonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the definitions of, explanations for and government actions on poverty and exclusion, showing some evidence of independent reading and research.
- Gain knowledge of some of the ways in which poverty and social exclusion are defined.
- Be able to discuss critically differing explanations for the causes of social deprivation and inequalities.
- Be aware of the key factors positively correlated with poverty.
- Be familiar with the differing ways in which social deprivation may be experienced.
- Critically evaluate government policies for alleviating poverty.
|Exam 2 hours (Sem2)||50|
|Essay 2,500 words (Sem2)||50|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
|This course is taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. The seminars will enable students to examine further issues of definition, causation and consequences of poverty and inequality.|
This course is taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. The seminars will enable students to examine further issues of definition, causation and consequences of poverty and inequality.
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- LXL3: BA Childhood Studies/Social Plcy year 2 (BA/CSSP)
- LL54: BA Hlth & Scl Care/Social Policy year 2 (BA/HSCSP)
- L402: BA Social Policy year 2 (BA/SOCPOL)
- LL34: BA Sociology and Social Policy year 2 (BA/SOCSP)
- LM50: BA Social Policy and Criminology and Criminal Justice (IE) year 2 (BA/SPCIE)
- LM49: BA Social Policy/Criminology year 2 (BA/SPCR)
- LL14: BA Social Policy/Economics year 2 (BA/SPEC)
- LV41: BA Social Policy/History year 2 (BA/SPH)
- CL84: BA Social Policy/Psychology year 2 (BA/SPP)
- M1L4: LLB Law with Social Policy year 2 (LLB/LSP)
- L403: MSocSci Social Policy year 2 (MSOCSCI/SP)
Optional in courses:
- M931: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice with International Exp year 2 (BA/CJIE)
- M930: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice year 2 (BA/CRIM)
- MR95: BA Criminology&Criml Just/Italian year 2 (BA/CRIT)
- MC98: BA Criminology/Psychology year 2 (BA/CRP)
- MR94: BA Criminology/Spanish year 2 (BA/CRSP)
- LXH3: BA Childhood Studies/Sociology year 2 (BA/CSS)
- LL13: BA Sociology/Economics year 2 (BA/ECS)
- LQ3J: BA English Lang. & Sociology year 2 (BA/ELSOC)
- M3Q9: BA English Literature and Criminology and Criminal Justice year 2 (BA/ENC)
- MR91: BA French/Criminology&Crim'l Just year 2 (BA/FRCR)
- MR92: BA Criminology&CrimJustice/German year 2 (BA/GCR)
- MVX1: BA History/Criminology year 2 (BA/HCR)
- LP33: BA Media Studies and Sociology year 2 (BA/MSSOC)
- CL83: BA Sociology/Psychology year 2 (BA/PS)
- L300: BA Sociology year 2 (BA/S)
- 3L3Q: BA Sociology and English Literature year 2 (BA/SEL)
- LV31: BA Sociology/History year 2 (BA/SH)
- 8Y70: BA Sociology (with International Experience) year 2 (BA/SIE)
- LQ31: BA Sociology/Linguistics year 2 (BA/SL)
- LVH2: BA Welsh History/Sociology year 2 (BA/WHS)
- LQ35: BA Cymraeg and Sociology year 2 (BA/WS)
- M932: MSocSci Criminology & Criminal Justice year 2 (MSOCSCI/CCJ)
- L302: MSocSci Sociology year 2 (MSOCSCI/S)