SOCIAL POLICY AND SOCIAL CHANGE

SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MML412316
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
Trimester
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

The module will assume a level of social policy knowledge and policy analysis skills.

Summary of Content

Social policy, social change, and social trends. Recent challenges to social policy analysis and the future of welfare. Social policy as the outcome of political processes. Competing frameworks on the purpose, functions and consequences of social policy. The crisis in welfare: competing explanations of the crisis. The mixed economy of welfare. Market critique of welfare and market imperfections. The enterprise culture and the welfare state. The changing relationship between Central and Local Government and between governmental and non-governmental agencies. Important concepts of welfare: the concept of need, case-study of gate-keeping and welfare rationing. Choices for welfare - alternative models - Post-Fordism and the welfare state. Organisational analysis of welfare agencies.

Syllabus

Social policy, social change, and social trends. Recent challenges to social policy analysis and the future of welfare. Social policy as the outcome of political processes. Competing frameworks on the purpose, functions and consequences of social policy.The crisis in welfare: competing explanations of the crisis.The mixed economy of welfare. Market critique of welfare and market imperfections. The enterprise culture and the welfare state. The changing relationship between Central and Local Government and between governmental and non-governmental agencies.Important concepts of welfare: the concept of need, case-study of gate-keeping and welfare rationing.Choices for welfare - alternative models - Post-Fordism and the welfare state.Organisational analysis of welfare agencies.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course students will be able to:Understand and show a thorough knowledge of the current major debates within welfare and critically evaluate their impact on social policy and welfare provision;Understand social policy within its wider historical and political context, as an outcome of political processes, and formulated within the political structures of the state.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

To introduce and discuss the material of the course a variety of formats will be used including printed material, lectures, case-studies, presentations, work-shops, simulations, and seminars.,

Indicative Reading

Pierson,C (1998) Beyond the Welfare State? PolityEllison, N. and Pierson,C (1998) Developments in British Social Policy, Macmillian, London.Alcock,P. Erskine,A.et al(Eds) (1998) The Students Companion to Social Policy, Blackwell & SPA, OxfordLevin,P. (1997) Making Social Policy: The Mechanism of Government and Politics, and how to investigate them, OUP, BuckinghamOiBrien,M.&Penna,S.(1998) Theorising Welfare: Enlightenment and Modern Society, Sage, LondonOiJordan, WJ.(1998) The New Politics of Welfare: Social Justice in a Global Context, Sage, LondonClarke,J.& Newman,(1997) The Managerial State: Power, Politics and Ideology in the Remaking of Social Welfare, Sage, LondonHills,J. (1997) The Future of Welfare: A Guide to the Debate, Joesph Rowntree Foundation, YorkTaylor, D.(1996) Critical Social Policy A Reader, Sage, LondonHills,J. (1997) The Future of Welfare: A Guide to the Debate, Joesph Rowntree Foundation, YorkTaylor, D.(1996) Critical Social Policy A Reader, Sage, London

Transferrable Skills

Demonstrate the development of abilities and skills to contribute to policy development and debate within agency settings, concomitant with improving outcomes for service customers

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Independent Learning (FT) 84.00
Seminars (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 100.00 45% 2000 Word Written Assignment