Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Theories of Social Policy

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION A sociological introduction to theories, ideologies and themes relevant to social policy and delivery of welfare provision.

Study-Unit Aims:

The unit aims to introduce students to the sociology of Social Policy by focusing on respective theories, ideologies and themes within various social contexts. A sociological perspective will be developed during the study-unit.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to understand the following, from a sociological perspective, in relation to social policy:
- The development of social policy;
- Welfare State Models;
- Theoretical perspectives, ideologies and areas of social policy;
- Ideas and culture in social policy;
- Poverty and social exclusion.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Sociologically reflect and critically engage with social policy-making;
- Recognize the plurality of theories and ideologies related to social policy;
- Apply the course material to analyseanalyse specific social policy contexts and issues;
- Interpret and analyseanalyse key aspects of social policy-making processes.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Lister, Ruth (2010): Understanding theories and concepts in Social Policy. Policy Press.
- Beland, Daniel & Mahon, Rianne (2016): Advanced Introduction to Social Policy (Elgar).


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment SEM2 Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Michael Briguglio

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