SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MML311963
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally Social Policy and Social Change or The New Politics of Scottish Social Policy from the Masters In Applied Social Sciences

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to enable students to maximise their learning of social policy from work experience. This is done firstly by reflecting on the knowledge and understanding of the policy context and processes they have gained in the workplace, and secondly by using the skills they have gained during the academic study of policy development and implementation in the Masters programme to analyse one specific policy change that they have encountered at work. The method used to structure the learning is a negotiated learning contract and support is provided via group and individual seminars


* In weeks 1 &2 the student will identify the main features of the organisation in which the study will take place , and the relationship of the policy change to be studied to the overall work of the organisation and the student's own role therein * The policy and skills areas the student wishes to study in their place of work will be identified and a preliminary learning agreement developed in negotiation with the module leader. * At the end of week 3 the student's learning progress to date is discussed with the module leader and the final investigation/ reflective study plan agreed. * The remaining period follows the plan agreed and the collation of a portfolio of evidence including a reflective essay relating to the policy change and reflective learning identified

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the students will be able to:-* Identify and critically appraise work based learning* Set their own learning outcomes * Apply conceptual and theoretical understanding of policy processes to the analysis of one specific area of policy* Consolidate their understanding of the political, economic and organisational context of policy development and implementation

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The module is student centred and requires the student to study a specifically located policy change independently. Learning resources will include two group seminars, direct contact with the module leader, contact through email and telephone and library access. A profile of the work undertaken by the student in their workplace will be drawn up with the module leader, and a learning plan agreed which will include involvement and reflection on some aspect of policy development in the student's place of work over a fifteen week period

Indicative Reading

Subject area texts to be agreed in Learning Action PlanAnderson,G,.Boud,D.,Sampson,J. (1996) Learning Contracts : a practical guide. London. Kogan PageBrennan,J.,& Little,B. (1996) A review of work based learning in Higher Education.London. Quality Support CentreBurnham,V. et al (1993) Enterprising Fieldwork: a guide to fieldwork learning. School of Social Policy: ManchesterCarnall, C. A. (1999). Managing change in organizations, Prentice Hall Europe.Dean, H. (Ed)(1996) Ethics and Social Policy Research. Social Policy Association: LutonGilbert, N. (ed) (1993) Researching social life. London: Sage.Little,B(1998) Developing key skills through work. Council for Industry and Higher EducationParsons, W. (1995). Public policy : an introduction to the theory and practice of policy analysis, Elgar.http://www.ncwe.comhttp://www.bham.ac.uk/cobalt

Transferrable Skills

By the end of the module students will be able to:-* Identify the role of work based learning for individual and agency development* Plan and manage a structured piece of independent learning* Make links between social policy theory and practice* Communicate clearly in both written and oral media

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Tutorials (PT) 4.00
Seminars (PT) 6.00
Assessment (PT) 30.00
Independent Learning (PT) 110.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 45% Portfolio including reflective essay.