Module SXP-2050:
Social Problems

Module Facts

Run by School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

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

Course content

The workshop format will use contemporary examples relating to the overarching themes of equality, diversity and discrimination.

Assessment Criteria

excellent

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.

threshold

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.

good

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.

Learning outcomes

  1. Understand concepts such as equality, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination in relation to social policy

  2. 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.

  3. Be able to discuss a variety of 'social problems' either through group or individual work - whether it be written or oral communication.

  4. Produce Blog posts on related subjects

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY 2,500 word essay s1 60
INDIVIDUAL BLOG 1 x Blog s1 40

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Workshop

Two hour workshops x 12

24
Private study

Students will be expected to read up before or after each workshop so that they can contribute in discussion.

176

Transferable skills

  • 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: