SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MML312317
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Politics
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

General entry requirements.

Summary of Content

The course is intended to allow the student to build on the themes and concepts developed within the module Social Policy and Social Change, and focus on particular issues within the practice of welfare. The module will develop cross disciplinary and cross-agencies perspectives and focuses on the theoretical and practical problems associated with the management, planning and implementation of social policies.


Macro and micro policy making; deciding priorities in the course of implementation; gap between policy and practice; welfare rationing, and the assessment of need. Current developments in public sector management: quality standards and customer care; marketisation of services and its consequences; decentralisation and community led initiatives;Strategic management: Setting objectives and establishing targets; strategic planning; performance evaluation and performance indicators; Managing resources: budgeting and allocation of resources; implementing policies in the context of financial constraints; the political dimension in the management of public service provision.Professionalism and welfare agencies:the contribution of professionalism to an understanding of the agencys structure and dynamics; challenges to professional power. The impact for professionals and consumers of: expenditure constraints; the new managerialism; de-centralisation and multi-agencies involvement.Organisational change: formal and informal organisation; perspectives on organisational development. Approaches to the management of change. Managing people: time management; the supervision of staff and staff development. Professional practice and the changing role of the professional; the impact of information technology.

Learning Outcomes

An awareness of the range of external and internal factors influencing policy - from formulation and proposals to implementation - in the changing environment of contemporary British social policy.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The course follows an issue based approach dealing with developments within the practice of welfare. Case-studies will be used to study specific issues, and through these examples, general policy analysis skills will be developed. Presentations, work-shops, printed material, lectures, simulations, action learning and student centred seminars, reflect the variety of teaching strategies incorporated in this course. Students will be asked to prepare a verbal presentation based on the option appraisal exercise simulating a presentation of the exercise to senior managers and/or elected/ appointed representatives in overall command of the agency

Indicative Reading

Wayne Parsons (1995)Public Policy: an introduction to the theory and practice of policy analysisEdward Elgar

Transferrable Skills

Increased awareness and capacity to apply classifications and and construct models in the circumstancies of policy advocacy. Specifically the further development of the range of rhetorical skills inherent in the production of reasoned and persausive strategy for the implementation of change apprpropraite to defined circumstances.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 194.00
Assessment (FT) 70.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Seminars (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 45% A written agency report (3500-4000 words)