SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHL408703
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Management
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Introduction to Local Government (BAPA 1) Central and Devolved Government (BAPA 1) The Welfare State Policy and Practice (BAPA 3)

Summary of Content

Attention will be devoted to issues such as funding the NHS, rationing health care, accountability and control, clinical autonomy, managerialism and community care. Attention will be devoted to issues such as funding the NHS, priority setting, ideology health and illness, the medical profession, community care and comparative health care. Considerable attention is devoted to examining the politics of health care since 1990 which has seen the marketisation ofthe NHS and more recently a retreat from the markey philosophy.


Creation of the Welfare State Infinite Demand: Finite Supply Alternative Sources of Funding for the NHSThe Medical Profession Ideology Health and IllnessThe New Public ManagementWorking for PatientsThe Politics of PreventionAccountability in the NHSHealth Care in the United StatesHealth Care in SwedenCommunity Care

Learning Outcomes

The student will have an understanding of the principal issues associated with providing health care largely free at the point of consumption and financed mainly out of general taxation. The student will also be in a position to critically appraise the inter-relationship between component parts of the health care system.The student will be able to satisfactorily complete essay assignments, answer a range of exam questions on syllabus material and make oral seminar presentations and contributions as required.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module is based upon an interactive lecture programme where studetns are encouraged to participate and contribute. Students are required to undertake a programme of specified reading and in tutorials, to demonstrate clear evidence of reading during the course of the semester.

Indicative Reading

Baggott, R., Health and Health Care in BritainRanade, W., A Future for the NHS?Klein, R., The Politics of the NHSHarrison , et al, Just Managing: Power and Culture in the NHSBulter, J., Patients, Policies and Politics: Before and After Working for PatientsAppleby, J., Financing Health Care in the 1990s

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 116.00
Tutorials (FT) 5.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 35.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 30.00 40% n/a
Exam (Exams Office) 3.00 70.00 40% n/a