Modules for course L514 | MSOCSCI/HSC
MSocSci Health and Social Care

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • SXU-1003: Understanding Society (20)
    This module introduces students to Sociology. The module runs over two semesters giving students a comprehensive sociological foundation to some of the key sociological issues and debates. The module introduces following aspects of social sciences: Semester 1 The nature of social sciences and relations between key disciplines and methods (2 weeks). Interaction and communication (2 weeks) Life course and the family (2 weeks) Gender and socialisation (2 weeks) Culture and media (2 weeks) Semester 2 Social stratification, Education and work (2 weeks) Organisations and institutions (2 weeks) The environment, urbanisation (2 weeks) Political Sociology and social movements (2 weeks) Globalisation (2 weeks)
    or
    SCS-1004: Cymdeithaseg a'r Byd Cyfoes (20)
    Ceir cyflwyniad i'r prif theorïau cymdeithasegol, gan ganolbwyntio ar bersbectifau ffwythiannaeth a theori gwrthdaro. Edrychir ar waith Emile Durkheim a Karl Marx a'u gwaith arloesol mewn ffurfio theorïau cymdeithasegol cynnar. Yna edrychir ar sefydliadau cymdeithasol yn y gymdeithas gyfoes, gan gymhwyso'r theorïau a'r persbectifau at ddadansoddi sefydliadau fel y teulu, addysg, gwaith a dosbarth cymdeithasol.
  • HPS-1006: Ess. Skills for Ac. Success (20) or
    HAC-1006: Ess. Skills for Ac. Success (20)
  • NHS-1202: Health & Welfare Issues (20)

Semester 2

  • SXY-1005: Introduction to Criminology (20)
    This module is intended to provide Level One students with a thorough familiarity with the major ways of thinking about crime, with reference to some of the main theoretical perspectives within criminology. This module provides an introduction to criminological thought, ranging from classical to strain theories of crime. Theoretical perspectives have been developed in an attempt to explain why people commit crime, and the history of thought on this question will be examined. The module considers the shifting definitions of crime over time and space, and explores the ways in which society responds to crime and criminals. Empirical concerns are likely to include the role of the media in crime construction, the use and abuse of drugs, the experiences of victims of crime and attitudes towards white-collar and organised crime.
    or
    SCY-1004: Cyflwyniad i Droseddeg (20)
    Mae'r fodiwl yn eich cyflwyno at faes trosedd a chyfiawnder troseddol. Trafodir theorïau a themau allweddol a ddefnyddir i egluro ymddygiad droseddol sy'n cynnwys esboniadau clasurol i'r rhai mwyaf cyfoes; y mesurau a ddatblygwyd i atal trosedd, ynghyd â gorolwg o'r system gyfiawnder troseddol sy'n cynnwys prif asiantaethau cyfiawnder troseddol, datblygiad hanesyddol, strwythur ac atebolrwydd y system.
  • NHS-1123: Behaviour and Health (20)
  • NHS-1201: Social Science Perspectives (20)

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • SXU-2001: Social & Political Research (20)
    This module is an introduction to social research. Primarily it is a practical course in the practices of research in social science. Covering the main elements of research design, question formulation, data collection and analysis it informs students of good practice in the area of survey design, cases studies and evaluation methods.
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    SCU-2001: Dulliau Ymchwil (20)
    Edrychir ar seiliau athronyddol ymchwil gymdeithasol, a'r gwahanol ddulliau sy'n deillio ohonynt. Trwy ddefnyddio'r syniad o'r 'Broses Ymchwil Ddelfrydol', gwelir sut mae angen datblygu bob cam o ymchwil maes mewn modd disgybledig a gofalus, er mwyn sicrhau dilysrwydd a dibynadwyedd. Ystytir sut i weithrediadu cysyniadau, adolygu'r lenyddiaeth berthnasol, ffurfio'r broblem i'w hastudio, diffinio'r newidynnau, creu damcaniaeth, dethol dulliau addas, samplo, a chreu offeryn ymchwil (holiadur/atodlen gyfweld).
  • NHS-2202: Comparative Health & Welfare (20)

Semester 2

Optional Modules

60 credits from:

  • SXU-2002: Cont. Social and Political Deb (20) (Semester 1)
    There will be no set curriculum - rather this will emerge each time the module is taught depending on staff and student interests. The approach adopted will be to devote the first workshop to identifying themes and issues to be addressed, and to draw up the curriculum for that academic session in collaboration between staff and students. The workshop style of teaching and learning will allow emerging issues and contemporary debates to be addressed. Possible topics to be covered: Should drugs be legalised? Social control and the media Thinking critically about criminology Should there be a sociology of the environment? Exploring disaster capitalism Girls will be girls and boys will be boys – debunking the myth of gender. Exploring the relationship between inequality and capitalism Radicalisation, immigration, identity and racism. The Arab Spring Riots and civil liberties Thinking beyond the norm – the rationalization of ‘them’ and ‘us’
  • SXY-2002: Crime & Justice in Mod Britain (20) (Semester 2)
    This module aims to build on the introduction to the criminal justice system in England and Wales provided in Year 1 through SXY1007. It will reinforce and advance students' understanding of various measures of crime, and how the main criminal justice agencies operate in particular circumstances and under the demands of increasing international concerns about certain types of crime. Thus, the role, responsibilities and levels of accountability of the main criminal justice agencies will be reviewed in the context of contemporary concerns about specific types of crimes and criminals, such as youth crime, terrorism and state crime, white collar, cyber and organised crime. The module will focus on advancing the discussion of the most dominant debates in criminal justice and penology. In doing so the module aims to advance students’ understanding of criminal justice statistics as well as the value of comparative analysis of criminal justice practices and procedures. Indicative Course content: - Understanding crime and criminal justice by numbers – breaking the back of crime statistics - Controlling youth crime - Controlling ‘clean’ crime – cyber-crime, business crime and white collar crime - Controlling ‘terror’ – state crime, organised crime and terrorism Underpinning these different topics will be an engagement with concepts of social harm and how criminal justice agencies are adapting to control the different types of crimes and criminals, nationally as well as internationally.
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    SCY-2003: Trosedd a Chyfiawnder (20) (Semester 2)
  • SXP-2010: World Poverty and Inequality (20) (Semester 2)
    This module will examine the explanations for, and the experience of, poverty in the UK and in comparative perspective. It will aim to address the following aspects: 1. Defining poverty – how is poverty defined? What is social exclusion? How important is inequality? 2. Explaining poverty - how has the persistence of poverty been explained? This will look particularly at ‘pathological’ explanations involving a ‘culture of poverty’ or the existence of an ‘underclass’ 3. The risk of poverty – who is most at risk of being poor, and what are the possible consequences? 4. Experiencing poverty - what does it mean to be poor in the UK today? 5. Dimensions of poverty - what are the various dimensions of poverty, including income, wealth, health, education and housing. 6. International issues – can we ‘make poverty history’? 7. Confronting poverty – what policies are most effective against poverty? Is poverty or inequality the real problem?
  • SXS-2011: Identity & Diversity (20) (Semester 2)
    The structure of the module covers following topics: 1. The nature of social diversity and identies. 2. The scope of social inequalities in the global, national and local contexts; 3. the class and economic inequalities; 4. Gender inequalities and sexualities; 5. Race and ethnicities; 6. Nationality; 7. Consumer culture and subcultures 8. New types of inequalities in global age.
  • SXP-2050: Issues in Equality (20) (Semester 1)
    Workshop topics include: How to help young people who are not in education, employment or training needs (NEETS); Encouraging more men into in care related professions; How to create inclusive work places for transgender employees and understanding/tackling hate crime.
  • NAC-2205: Applied Biosciences (20) (Semester 2)
  • NHS-2300: Interpreting Evidence (20) (Semester 1)
  • NHS-2302: Interpreting Quality Safety (20) (Semester 2)
  • NHS-2305: Ageing and Well Being (10) (Semester 1)
  • NHS-2306: Interpreting Health Social Car (20) (Semester 1)

Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Semester 2

20 to 40 credits from:

  • HPS-3006: Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2) or
    HAC-3006: Traethawd Hir (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • SXU-3010: Dissertation (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    The dissertation is a substantial piece of work. The completed dissertation submitted at level 6 (year 3) consists of a written piece of work of 10,000 words. Within this module students will build on work begun at level 5, and work towards the completion of the dissertation. This will involve the refinement or expansion of the literature review begun at level 5, and will include discussion of major themes arising from the literature. Research for the dissertation may include a small amount of primary empirical research, for example a qualitative or quantitative study conducted by the student under the direction of their supervisor. Throughout the module, students will be engaged mainly in developing their analysis of the literature and any other data collected, and in writing the dissertation.
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    SCU-3010: Traethawd Hir (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
    Mae Traethawd Hir yn ddarn sylweddol o waith, yn cael ei gwblhau ar lefelau 2 a 3. Mae'r traethawd terfynol tua 10,000 o eiriau, ac yn cael ei gyflwyno yn y drydedd flwyddyn. Mae'n cyfrif fel pedair modiwl tuag at eich dyfarniad gradd terfynol. Yn y modiwl yma, byddwch yn parhau a'r gwaith a gychwynwyd gennych ar Lefel 2, a byddwch yn mynd ati i gwblhau'r Traethawd Hir. Bydd hyn yn cynnwys datblygu'r adolygiad llenyddiaeth a gychwynwyd gennych eisoes ar Lefel 2, sy'n trafod prif themau eich testun. Mae'n bosib y byddwch wedi cwblhau rhywfaint o ymchwil gwreiddiol (ond mae hyn yn opsiynol) - er enghraifft, peth gwaith ymchwil meintiol neu ansoddol gwreiddiol y byddwch wedi ei gynnal gyda chymorth a chyfarwyddyd eich goruchwyliwr/aig. Drwy gydol y modiwl, byddwch yn datblygu eich dadansoddiad o'r lenyddiaeth ac unrhyw ddata a gasglwyd, ac yn ysgrifennu eich traethawd.

Optional Modules

40 to 60 credits from:

  • SXY-3007: Policing, Security & The State (20) (Semester 2)
    • Introduction: The nature and functions of policing • Historical developments of modern policing in England and Wales • Police Governance and Accountability • Police Occupational Sub-Cultures • Globalising and Policing • Commodification of policing • Policing different communities • Structures of security – surveillance and architecture • The Future of Policing?
    or
    SCY-3004: Yr Heddlu a Chymdeithas Gyfoes (20) (Semester 1)
    Amcan pennaf y fodiwl yw trafod ein dealltwriaeth o'r heddlu, ac yn ehangach, eu swyddogaeth mewn cymdeithas gyfoes. Yn y blynyddoedd diweddar, mae'r heddlu fel sefydliad wedi profi newid sylweddol a bydd y pwysau gan y Llywodraeth am ddiwygiadau pellach yn parhau. Ystyriwn polisiau ac ymarfer gwaith cyfoes yr heddlu a'r fframwaith statudol y maent yn gweithredu. Trafodir y newid yng nghyd-destun polisi cyfiawnder troseddol:- eu prif swyddogaethau; yr heddlu a'r cyfryngau; atal trosedd a gweithio mewn partneriaeth; datblygiadau mewn polisi cyffuriau; yr heddlu; trefn gyhoeddus ac iawnderau dynol; asesu cyfrifoldeb, ansawdd a pherfformiad; cyfle cyfartal a rheoli i'r dyfodol.
  • SXY-3015: Crime & Power (20) (Semester 2)
    State crimes: from ghettos to genocide. How does criminology and criminal justice respond when it is the formal State who offends? How do we define crime, justice and victimisation in this context? Transnational and organised crimes: human trafficking and the international trade in sexual services and illegal substances are examples of crimes which transcend national boundaries. Interpersonal levels of crime and power: examples may include ‘honour’-based violence and coercion; homophobic hate crimes; gender violence in intimate relationships; what happens when the victim becomes the offender as in the case of battered women who kill? How do the law, society and criminal justice system respond to these forms of crime?
  • SXY-3021: Perspectives on Youth Crime (20) (Semester 1)
    Indicative content • Introduction: Youth crime and youth justice – reasons for a separate category • Theoretical perspectives on youth justice • Nature and prevalence of youth crime • Young people as folk devils • Youth justice in a devolved nation • International perspectives on youth justice • Effect of crime control on young people • Youth justice policy – historical and comparative perspectives • The future of youth justice
  • NHS-3157: Health Leadership (20) (Semester 1)
    The module includes the following broad themes, within the context of the learner’s ward/department: • Clinical/Service leadership and management • Performance management • People Management (including developing self and others) • Resource management • Quality management including managing the patient/customer experience • Service improvement and change management • Data collection and exploratory data analysis (EDA) Other related content • Critical evaluation of theory, research and health &related policy • Developing critical thinking and writing skills (see key skills)
  • NHS-3188: Social & Behavioural Science (20) (Semester 2)
  • NHS-3194: Epidemiology (20) (Semester 2)
  • NHS-3195: Principles of Public Health (20) (Semester 1)
  • NHS-3198: Introduction Health Economics (20) (Semester 2)
  • NHS-3202: Health Policy (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXP-3210: Issues in Housing (20) (Semester 1)
    This module introduces students to some of the key current issues in housing policy, concentrating on the three key areas of quantity, quality and affordability. It examines the factors affecting the supply of, and demand for, housing, and explores the characteristics of the different tenures people may experience during their housing careers, looking at contemporary issues in each housing tenure. The module will also examine housing standards, and the policies for maintaining housing quality, together issues of housing finance. It will explore the managerial context of social rented housing which has undergone considerable change both governmentally [through devolution] and administratively [through a changing mix of local authorities, housing associations and other social rented housing agencies].

Year 4 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • SXU-4004: Research Strategy and Design (20)
  • SXP-4037: Health Policies (20)
    Health Policy Comparative health policy Comparing health care systems Global patterning of health Social determinants of Health Health Inequalities Spatial patterning of health Unemployment and Health Global Ageing Rationing and Health Policy The Professions History of Health Policy in Britain I History of Health Policy in Britain II The Privatisation and Marketisation of Health Care The Changing Divide between Health and Social Care Devolution and Health policy Mental Health Policy Governance and Health Care Language, Culture and Health Policy

Semester 2

  • SXU-4005: Research Process and Meaning (20)
  • SXP-4040: Key Issues in Social Policy (20)
    1. Orientation to the programme 2. What about theory? Explores student’s theoretical knowledge. Demonstrates ‘rethinking’ in social policy and developments in theoretical pluralism. Identifies the approach of critical social policy 3 & 4. Social Trends (two sessions) Key demographic changes and their implications for social policy interventions are discussed. Concepts like globalisation and convergence will be introduced. Students will be guided in accessing demographic material in social policy 5. Need or Risk? This session develops an understanding of the concept of risk in social policy drawing on examples from health and social welfare. Students will be encouraged to debate notions of freedom, empowerment and risk. 6. Markets and the delivery of Welfare This session considers issues related to the introduction of market principles to the arena of welfare. Drawing on contemporary examples issues such as regulation, resource allocation, equity etc. will be discussed in the context of the mixed economy of welfare. 7. Universality and Difference This session considers the issues difference and diversity pose for contemporary social policy. The concept of difference will be explored and the issues it raises for universalist welfare provision. 8. Equal Opportunities Equal Opportunities, anti discriminatory practice are now firmly ensconced in social legislation, policy and practice. This session considers rationale for, key approaches to and likely impacts of equal opportunities in social welfare. 9. Rights or Responsibilities? This sessions explores the debates on welfare dependency and mechanisms aimed at reducing Welfare dependency in a national and international context. 10 & 11. The Limits of Social Welfare Law (two sessions) Drawing on examples from core welfare legislation this sessions indicates the constraints of social welfare law in protecting the rights of individuals. Introduces students to the processes involved in studying case material. 12-14. Policy Analysis and Evaluation (three sessions) Guides students through the processes of policy evaluation. Considers the What Works? approach and its critics 15. Social Policy Research This session critically explores the nature, content and constraints on doing research on social policy issues. It considers the key dissemination tools in social policy research and introduces students to the techniques of writing for publication. 16. Comparative Social Policy This workshop will consider the importance of comparative studies, and briefly survey this dynamic and 17. Civil Society This session explores the increased interest in civil society and its functions in relation to social welfare. It critically explores the concept of community in this context. 19. User involvement, participation and empowerment Notions of democratic participation in welfare and the active engagement of citizens in the organisation and delivery of welfare will be considered. 20. Social Policy in Wales - Devolved Governance I Provides an overview of the new political structure in Wales and major social policy developments in Wales. 21. Social Policy in Wales - Devolved Governance II Considers the implications of devolved governments for the notion of UK social policy. 22. Local Governance Looks at Modernising Local government and considers issues of regulation, effectiveness, efficiency at local government level.

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

  • SXW-4002: SW with Adults (20) (Semester 1)
    Community Care services are provided to a wide range of adults, including older people, people with learning disabilities, people with physical disabilities, people with mental health problems, people with HIV/AIDS, people who misuse drugs and alcohol and people with a terminal illness. The course content is designed to give the student a good understanding of the provision of social work and social care services for adults in Wales with comparisons with the rest of the UK and EU countries. It will incorporate the latest legislative and policy frameworks in this area such as the Mental Health Measure 2010 and Carers Strategies (Wales) Measure 2010. It will also look at the importance of the Welsh Language Measure 2011 to the provision of Community Care services in Wales, reflecting the Welsh Government’s dignity in care agenda. It will explore the role of the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales. It will examine new developments in Community Care such as the personalisation agenda. It will also examine some of the major challenges for the future, such as an ageing population and the increase need for specialised services, such as services for people with dementia. There will also be an exploration of the important contribution made by informal carers to the success of Community Care in Wales. Links will be made with the Integrated Family Support Services (IFSS) introduced following the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010, to meet the needs of families with complex needs, such as parental mental health problems and drug and alcohol misuse. It will also address the requirements in the Social Services Wales Bill 2012, in areas such as safeguarding vulnerable adults. It will critically examine models of disability, including the medical and social models. Academics, service users, carers and a range of Community Care practitioners will contribute to the teaching on this module. The teaching will address the requirements of the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce. It will incorporate the International Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989 Articles 9(1)(2)&(3), 18(1)(2)&(3), 32(1). The module will also focus on regional, national, and European policies directed at achieving social inclusion, integration, social justice and human rights. Information relating to social work law in this module may change in the light of new legislation and case law. One of the sessions will be facilitated by representatives of service users and carers. The session will reflect on Community Care from a service user and carer perspective. The module includes attention to: • The framework of Community Care Services • Messages from research in community care and care management • Core approaches to work with adults • Caring for carers • Involving users in care planning • Dilemmas in work with vulnerable adults • All Wales Strategies and Frameworks • European comparisons • Mental Health Policy • Social Inequality • Safeguarding • Capacity issues and legislation • Human Rights • Awareness of the role of AMPs (Approved Mental Health Practitioners) within a multi-disciplinary setting A range of practice approaches will be looked at with reference to their theoretical bases and the views and experiences of people who are users and providers of services.
    or
    SCW-4002: GC gydag Oedolion (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXW-4006: SW with Children, YP & Fams (20) (Semester 1)
    This module will address the involvement of children, young people and families with social work services, and will consider the different types of abuse and their impacts. The legal and procedural aspects of work with these children and families will be explored, in order to give students an understanding of what practice in this sector entails. Attention will be given to research and what is known about what works in resolving family problems and safeguarding children, as well as the challenges and dilemmas of promoting best outcomes for looked after children, and those in transition or leaving care. The dilemmas and values issues in relation to work with children will be made explicit, in order to promote reflection and critical consideration of practice challenges. Attention will be given to groups particularly affected by disadvantage and potentially more vulnerable to risk, such as disabled children. The teaching will be set in the context of Welsh policy and practice, but will also reflect knowledge and good practice beyond Wales from which we can learn. Children’s rights will underpin every topic, and the voice of service users and their experiences will form a key consideration for students throughout the teaching on the module. Information relating to social work law in this module may change in the light of new legislation and case law.
    or
    SCW-4006: GC gyda Phlant PI a Theuluoedd (20) (Semester 1)
  • SXP-4028: Policy Research & Evaluation (20) (Semester 2)
    • Basic Concepts and Definitions • The need for monitoring and evaluation • Differences and relationship between monitoring and evaluation • Building evaluation into programme planning and implementation • Approaches and evaluation models • Evaluation methods and tools • Outcome versus process • Working with planners, practitioners and users • Internal and external evaluation • Planning and protocol development • Costing an evaluation • Carrying out evaluation research in your own organization • Maintaining independence • Dissemination and change management
  • SXS-4064: Nationalism and Minorities (20) (Semester 1)
    The course will be divided into two parts. The first part will examine the general theoretical arguments and approaches concerning nationalism, ethnicity, minority rights and multiculturalism. The second part will be devoted to specific types and examples of cultural diversity focusing on minority nationalisms, linguistic minorities, post-immigrant minorities, indigenous peoples, as well as their relations with majorities. Individual weekly lecture topics will be drawn from the following: Part A: Theoretical arguments • Analytical concepts: nation, culture, indigenous people, ethnic group • Minorities and the state, concepts of plural and multicultural societies • Theories of minority rights: Kymlicka et al • Multiculturalism and the politics of recognition • Tensions between human rights and respect for cultural difference • Groupist and essentialist fallacies Part B: Empirical examples • Self-determination and nations without states • Indigenous peoples, land and modernity • The politics of minority languages • Ethnic and nationalist conflict • Majorities as minorities