Run by School of History, Law and Social Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 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. This module focuses on how and why certain social issues become identified as ‘social problems’. We will unpack classic ‘social problems’ such as homelessness, domestic abuse, poverty and NEETs and identify the way in which social policy responds to these problems. We will then consider if there are other methods that could address these societal concerns.
The workshop format will use local and contemporary social problems Subjects may include, but are not limited to:
- Basic income - a way to tackle class and income inequalities
- Gypsy Travellers: the last ‘acceptable’ form of Racism
- Helping young people who are not in education, employment or training
- Tackling hate crimes
Understands concepts such as equality, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination in relation to social policy.
Provides a detailed description of the literature in this field.
Proposes policy recommendations for how the 'social problems' in the case study can be tackled.
Has a critical understanding of how concepts such as equality, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination relate to social policy.
Can critically analyse relevant research
Proposes clear and well thought through policy recommendations for how the 'social problems' outlined in the case study can be tackled.
Shows a basic awareness of definitions of concepts such as equality, diversity in relation to social policy.
Provides a basic description of the literature in this field.
Provides recommendations that are not through through or relevant to the case study.
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.
Makes policy recommendations for how to deal with inequalities and injustices
Understand concepts such as inequalities, equality, diversity, stereotyping, prejudice and discrimination in relation to social policy
|ESSAY||3,000 word essay||
3,500 word essay in relation to one specific social problem
|CASE STUDY||Social Policy Case Study||
You will be ‘given’ a budget of £10 million to ‘buy’ services in a specific area. Your assignment is to choose from a catalogue of services and describe, using academic literature, why you are spending the money in this manner and give one clear example of what other policy, programme or initiative you would offer to tackle one of these social problems
*Students will practice this in a group before the individual assignment
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Two hour workshops x 12
Students will be expected to read up before or after each workshop or seminar 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.
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
Subject specific skills
- Develop a sound appreciation of the variety of theories that comprise the discipline of social policy and how these impact on social policy interventions
- Become cognizant with key conceptual debates within the field of contemporary social policy
- Appreciate the value of and apply theoretical and methodological rigour to analyses of welfare issues;
- Be aware of the ethical, social and political contexts within which social policy practice and research is conducted and delivered
- Develop a knowledge and expertise with respect to a range of evidence-based policy making and practice.
- Develop a sophisticated understanding of the processes of social policy analysis and evaluation.
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/sxp-3050.html
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- M93B: BA Criminology & Criminal Just (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 3 (BA/CCJ1)
- LC31: BA Criminology & Crim Justice & Psychology (with Int Exp) year 4 (BA/CCJPIE)
- M931: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice with International Exp year 4 (BA/CJIE)
- M930: BA Criminology & Criminal Justice year 3 (BA/CRIM)
- M93P: BA Criminology and Criminal Justice with Placement Year year 4 (BA/CRIMP)
- MR95: BA Criminology&Criml Just/Italian year 4 (BA/CRIT)
- MC98: BA Criminology/Psychology year 3 (BA/CRP)
- MR94: BA Criminology/Spanish year 4 (BA/CRSP)
- X317: BA Childhood and Youth Studies and Social Policy year 3 (BA/CYSP)
- M3Q9: BA English Literature and Criminology and Criminal Justice year 3 (BA/ENC)
- MR91: BA French/Criminology&Crim'l Just year 4 (BA/FRCR)
- MR92: BA Criminology&CrimJustice/German year 4 (BA/GCR)
- V100: BA History year 3 (BA/H)
- MVX1: BA History/Criminology year 3 (BA/HCR)
- V10F: BA History [with Foundation Year] year 3 (BA/HF)
- 8B03: BA History (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/HIE)
- V10P: BA History with Placement Year year 4 (BA/HP)
- V130: BA Mediaeval and Early Modern His year 3 (BA/MEMH)
- VV15: BA Medieval & Early Modern History with International Exp year 4 (BA/MEMHIE)
- L401: Polisi Cymdeithasol year 3 (BA/PC)
- L200: BA Politics year 3 (BA/POL)
- L202: BA Politics and Economics year 3 (BA/POLEC)
- L20F: BA Politics [with Foundation Year] year 3 (BA/POLF)
- L201: BA Politics with Placement Year year 3 (BA/POLP)
- CL83: BA Sociology/Psychology year 3 (BA/PS)
- L300: BA Sociology year 3 (BA/S)
- L31B: BA Sociology (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 3 (BA/S1)
- LM40: BA Sociology & Criminology & Crim Just with International Ex year 4 (BA/SCJIE)
- LM39: BA Sociology and Criminology & Criminal Justice year 3 (BA/SCR)
- L30F: BA Sociology [with Foundation Year] year 3 (BA/SF)
- 8Y70: BA Sociology (with International Experience) year 4 (BA/SIE)
- L41B: BA Social Policy (4 year with Incorporated Foundation) year 3 (BA/SOCP1)
- L402: BA Social Policy year 3 (BA/SOCPOL)
- L40F: BA Social Policy [with Foundation Year] year 3 (BA/SOCPOLF)
- LL34: BA Sociology and Social Policy year 3 (BA/SOCSP)
- L30P: BA Sociology with Placement Year year 4 (BA/SOP)
- LM50: BA Social Policy and Criminology and Criminal Justice (IE) year 4 (BA/SPCIE)
- LM49: BA Social Policy/Criminology year 3 (BA/SPCR)
- LL14: BA Social Policy/Economics year 3 (BA/SPEC)
- LL1B: BA Social Policy & Economics (4yr with Incorp Foundation) year 3 (BA/SPEC1)
- LL15: BA Social Policy and Economics with International Experience year 4 (BA/SPECIE)
- LV41: BA Social Policy/History year 3 (BA/SPH)
- CL84: BA Social Policy/Psychology year 3 (BA/SPP)
- CL85: BA Social Policy & Psychology with International Experience year 3 (BA/SPPIE)
- L3LK: BA Cymd gyda Phol Cymd year 3 (BA/SSPW)
- M108: LLB Law with Social Policy (International Experience) year 4 (LLB/LIF)
- M113: LLB Law with Criminology (Intl Exp) year 4 (LLB/LIK)
- M1L4: LLB Law with Social Policy year 3 (LLB/LSP)
- M1LB: LLB Law with Social Policy (4 yr with Incorp Foundation) year 3 (LLB/LSP1)
- M1M9: LLB Law with Criminology year 3 (LLB/LWCR)
- M1MB: LLB Law with Criminology (4 yr with Incorporated Foundation) year 3 (LLB/LWCR1)
- M1MP: LLB Law with Criminology with Placement Year year 4 (LLB/LWCRP)
- V102: MArts History with International Experience year 3 (MARTS/HIE)
- V101: MArts History year 3 (MARTS/HIST)
- L403: MSocSci Social Policy year 3 (MSOCSCI/SP)