SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 15.00
ECTS Credit Points 7.50
Module Code MML412321
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Sociology
  • A (September start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally, successful completion of any Level 1 Sociology module

Summary of Content

This module will concentrate on the development of social policies along with the growth of the welfare state. It will focus on social problems, particularly on those relating to poverty, experienced by families and communities in a changing social climate and the responses by health and welfare providers.


This course will focus on their development of policy in relation to health, welfare and community development and its impact on the lives of families and communities.It will trace the parallel developments of social policy and the welfare state in Britain and explore comparative developments abroad, particularly from a European perspective. The concept of crisis in the welfare state will be examined.Issues in relation to poverty will be explored, particularly unemployment and benefit levels and their impact on families and communities and their differential impact on men and women.The concept of the family will be examined, particularly changing roles within the family and the transformation of the status of women. Issues relating to women's dual responsibility for their own health and health within the family will be explored.An underpinning theme will be the relationship between families, communities and the state, particularly in relation to the impact of health and social welfare policies and practice. Women's role as both providers and consumers of health and welfare services will be examined and the implications for health service delivery, professional intervention strategies and preventative measures.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course students should be able to:*demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between health and social welfare policies at the macro level and their impact on the lives of families and communities;*appreciate the differential contributions of the range of individuals, groups and agencies to the maintenance of family health and welfare;*demonstrate their understanding of the dynamics of the community development process and indicate a knowledge of practical intervention strategies;*provide an analysis of the social problems confronting families and the way in which public service systems and other welfare organisations attempt to articulate with different definitions of need;*negotiate a coherent self-directed learning experience within the framework of the course and demonstrate the potential for using similar skills in a fieldwork setting.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The basis of the course is a series of lectures, seminars, and tutorials around specific themes within a broadly defined framework. Students will have the opportunity to decide which topics they wish to explore in greater depth in the group. They will also select a particular issue for in-depth investigation, make a verbal presentation to their peers and complete the coverage by means of an appropriate written presentation.

Indicative Reading

Blaxter, M. Health and Lifestyles (1990). London: RoutledgeCahill, M. The New Social Policy (1994). Oxford: Blackwell.Cannon, C. Changing Families: Changing Welfare (1993). Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.Graham, H. Hardship and Health in Women's Lives (1993). Hemel Hempstead: Harvester Wheatsheaf.McCarthy, M (Ed.). The New Politics of Welfare (1989). Basingstoke: Macmillan.Oakley, A. Essays on Women, Medicine and Health (1993). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.Oppenheim, C. Poverty: The Facts (1993). London: Child Poverty Action Group.Twelvetrees, A. Community Work (1991) (2nd Edition). Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Transferrable Skills

This module seeks to enhance students' verbal and written skills, to encourage them to negotiate their own learning and to help them to develop competencies in analysis and criticism.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (FT) 18.00
Tutorials (FT) 12.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00
Seminars (FT) 12.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 0.00 20.00 45% Oral Presentation
Coursework 0.00 80.00 45% Written Report: 3000 words on same topic as oral presentation