Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences
20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Teresa Crew
Overall aims and purpose
Social policy is everywhere - from TV's love affair with 'benefits cheats', to when you see someone selling the Big Issue or the latest gaffe by an MP. In its broadest sense, social policy aims to improve the well-being of society. The subject matter focuses on a wide range of employment, health and education issues and well as various 'social problems'. This course focuses on issues around equality, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination. The background to this module is the Equality Act 2010 - legislation that legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.
A further area of interest is attempts to advance equality of opportunity, particularly for those with protected characteristics e.g. age, disability, gender, Marriage & Civil Partnerships, Pregnancy & Maternity, race, religion and belief, sexual orientation and Transgender. This module focuses on those protected groups and outlines case studies of some of the barriers they have historically, and in many cases, continue to face. Subjects we will discuss include:
- how to help young people who are not in education, employment or training;
- creating inclusive work places for transgender employees;
- understanding/ tackling hate crime
The workshop format will use contemporary examples relating to the overarching themes of equality, diversity and discrimination.
Has a critical understanding of how concepts such as equality, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination relate to social policy. Also displays detailed knowledge of the protected groups and research relating to their experiences . Can communicate this effectively and able to propose suggestions for how some 'social problems' can be tackled.
Shows a basic awareness of definitions of concepts such as equality, diversity in relation to social policy. Able to provide a description of the literature in this field. Meets set tasks and obligations.
Understand concepts such as equality, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination in relation to social policy. Has knowledge of the protected groups and research relating to their experiences . Can communicate effectively about relevant research.
Understand concepts such as equality, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination in relation to social policy
Become familiar with the protected groups and research on their experiences relating to the diverse areas of social policy e.g. education, health, housing, employment, education policy as well as crime and criminal justice.
Be able to discuss a variety of 'social problems' either through group or individual work - whether it be written or oral communication.
Produce Blog posts on related subjects
|ESSAY||2,500 word essay s1||60|
|INDIVIDUAL BLOG||1 x Blog s1||40|
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Two hour workshops x 12
Students will be expected to read up before or after each workshop so that they can contribute in discussion.
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- LL3M: BA Cymdeithaseg & Health and Social Care year 2 (BA/CHSC)
- 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)
- LXL3: BA Childhood Studies/Social Plcy year 2 (BA/CSSP)
- 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)
- LL5K: Polisi Cymdeithasol & Health and Social Care year 2 (BA/PCHSC)
- CL83: BA Sociology/Psychology year 2 (BA/PS)
- 3L3Q: BA Sociology and English Literature year 2 (BA/SEL)
- LV31: BA Sociology/History year 2 (BA/SH)
- LQ31: BA Sociology/Linguistics year 2 (BA/SL)
- L402: BA Social Policy year 2 (BA/SOCPOL)
- 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)
- 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)
- L403: MSocSci Social Policy year 2 (MSOCSCI/SP)