Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Sociology of Welfare and Wellbeing

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION A comprehensive understanding of key concepts related to social welfare from a sociological perspective, which can be applied to current developments in social welfare.

Study-Unit Aims:

To identify, elaborate, compare and contrast sociological perspectives on welfare. Students are introduced to an understanding between social theory and social policy in changing social, political and economic contexts.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able tounderstand the following from a sociological perspective, in relation to social welfare:
- Social Needs;
- Equality;
- Self-Interest;
- Paternalism;
- Community and Obligation;
- Temporary Support;
- Universalism, Selectivism and Access to Welfare;
- Citizenship;
- Liberty;
- Postmodernism and Poststructuralism;
- Risk and Environmentalism;
- Globalisation and Welfare.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- identify different conceptualizations and constructions of welfare and human behaviour within contemporary societies, thus facilitating comprehensive sociological analysis and policy-making in this field.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- Deacon, A. (2002) Perspectives on Welfare. Open University Press.
- Fitzpatrick, Tony (2011): Welfare Theory - An Introduction to the Theoretical Debates in Social Policy. (Palgrave).


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

LECTURER/S Michael Briguglio

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