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' - both local and national. Students will have a chance to earn weekly XP points for completing various voluntary tasks.
As this module will discuss 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. There will be a focus on the ‘protected characteristics’ e.g. age, disability, gender, marriage & civil partnerships, pregnancy & maternity, race, religion & belief, sexual orientation and Transgender.
Students will discuss case studies of some of the barriers people with protected characteristics have historically, and in many cases, continue to face. Subjects we will discuss include:
- Should there be quotas to encourage more males or females into specific careers or positions of power?
- how can we 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 local and 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||Opinion piece on a local or contemporary issue||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:
- M93B: BA Criminology & Criminal Just (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 2 (BA/CCJ1)
- 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)
- X317: BA Childhood and Youth Studies and Social Policy year 2 (BA/CYSP)
- X315: BA Childhood and Youth Studies and Sociology year 2 (BA/CYSS)
- LL13: BA Sociology/Economics year 2 (BA/ECS)
- LL2B: BA Sociology & Economics (4 yr with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (BA/ECS1)
- 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)
- LM52: BA Health & Social Care / Criminology & Criminal Justice year 2 (BA/HSCCCJ)
- LL53: BA Health & Social Care/Sociology year 2 (BA/HSCS)
- LL54: BA Hlth & Scl Care/Social Policy year 2 (BA/HSCSP)
- 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)
- L300: BA Sociology year 2 (BA/S)
- L31B: BA Sociology (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (BA/S1)
- LM40: BA Sociology & Criminology & Crim Just with International Ex year 2 (BA/SCJIE)
- LM39: BA Sociology and Criminology & Criminal Justice year 2 (BA/SCR)
- 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)
- L41B: BA Social Policy (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 2 (BA/SOCP1)
- 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)
- LL1B: BA Social Policy & Economics (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 2 (BA/SPEC1)
- 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)
- L302: MSocSci Sociology year 2 (MSOCSCI/S)
- L403: MSocSci Social Policy year 2 (MSOCSCI/SP)