Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Principles and Forms of Social Policy

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Social Policy and Social Work

DESCRIPTION Learning Objectives

By the end of this course students are expected to be able to understand and critically discuss, with a special focus on the Maltese context, but in the light of international comparisons:
(A) major factors and events that led to the development of the welfare society as we know it and the way the socio-political system and the welfare systems influence each other;
(B) the main aims, values, interests and models that contemporary welfare states follow and their various effects on society;
(C) some issues that are involved in providing and maintaining services in the principal areas of welfare, such as sustainable pensions, education and equality, housing and affordability, employment in a competitive environment, systems for organising health and social care.

Lecture handouts delineating the main subject material plus a reading list will be presented. In addition to these, the use of one of the following for a wider background is recommended.

- Hill, M (1996). Social Policy - A Comparative Analysis. London: Prentice Hall.
- Baldock J, Manning N, Miller S & Vickerkstaff S (1999). Social Policy. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Alcock P, Erskine A & May M (1998). The Student's Companion to Social Policy. Oxford: Blackwell.

Suggested Textbook

Hill, Michael (1996) Social Policy: A Comparative Analysis. Routledge.


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Oral and Written Exercises Yes 20%
Assignment Yes 40%
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 40%

LECTURER/S Zanya Marcelle Bugre
Edward Gatt
Charles Pace (Co-ord.)
Rebecca Vassallo

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