Issues in Equality
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 module focuses on a wide range of employment, health and education issues and well as various 'social problems'. This is an interactive module that is enhanced with student participation.
Students will have a chance to earn weekly XP points for completing employability tasks.
Students will develop three key employability skills:
- Problem solving - The ability to understand a problem by identifying the key issues, implications and identifying solutions.
- Communication - explain your point of view in a clear and concise way and to listen and relate to other people's opinions
- Valuing diversity - understanding and being considerate of the experiences of different individuals.
There will be weekly case studies in relation to Social Class, Gender, Disability, Ethnicity, Transgender, Age and Sexual orientation. The overall aim of the module is that students will be able to critically outline some of the barriers people with these characteristics have historically, and in many cases, continue to face.
The workshop format will use local and contemporary examples relating to the overarching themes of equality, diversity and discrimination. Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
- Does ones social class influence one’s educational and employment trajectory?
- Should there be quotas to encourage people into specific careers or positions of power?
- Should ‘Rhodes Fall’?
- Gypsy Travellers: the last ‘acceptable’ form of Racism?
- How can we help young people who are not in education, employment or training?
- Can we create inclusive work places for Transgender employees;
- How can we tackle hate crimes?
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 social inequalities relating to 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.
|ESSAY||2,500 word essay||60|
|CASE STUDY||800 word Opinion piece||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.
One hour drop in session x 12
- 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.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- M93B: BA Criminology & Criminal Just (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 2 (BA/CCJ1)
- 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)
- 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)