Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Governance and Administration in Social Welfare

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course


DEPARTMENT Social Policy and Social Work

DESCRIPTION This study-unit will introduce students to concepts of good governance and management, particularly as these apply to the social welfare sector (whether public agencies, non-profit or social enterprises), as well as developing key organisational and administrative skills which students are likely to require on taking up employment after the course.

Study-unit Aims:

This study-unit is intended to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to take up an administrative position on completion of their degree, with particular emphasis on understanding the mixed economy of social welfare and its administrative imperatives as well as the institutional infrastructure and relevant roles and processes in Malta.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Demonstrate understanding, through assessment, of traditional and current concepts, practices and ethics in governance, particularly as these apply to the social welfare sector;
- Gain an in-depth understanding of the mixed economy of welfare and the institutional infrastructure of the various actors in the Maltese social welfare sector, through lectures and agency visits;
- Develop a sound understanding of the rationale and ethos of services delivered in the public and non-profit sectors, and the management principles in human service delivery;
- Demonstrate understanding of basic management concepts and organisational theories, especially as these apply to the social welfare sector;
- Develop the ability to understand an institution's mission, values and strategic priorities as a guide to decision-making;
- Develop an understanding of the roles and functions of governing Boards.

2. Skills:
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Gain competence, through practice in role play and case studies, in governance skills such as professional communication, leadership and the proper exercise of authority, managing conflict, decision-making, performance measurement, reporting for accountability, relating to Boards, consulting stakeholders;
- Learn administrative principles and skills that are required of new graduates in the field of social policy and administration, including chairing meetings, storing and retrieving records and reporting;
- Develop competence, through case studies and debate, in the proper understanding and application of discretion.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main texts:
Hughes, Owen E. (2012). Public Management and Administration: An Introduction (4th ed.) UK, Palgrave Macmillan.
Woodside, M. and Mcclam, T. (2006). An introduction to human services. US, Thomson Brooks/Cole.

Supplementary texts:
Wilbur, R.H. (ed.) (2000). The complete guide to nonprofit management. US, Wiley.
Pettinger, R. (2007). Introduction to management. US, Palgrave Macmillan.
Sims, D., Fineman, St., and Gabriel, Y. (1993). Organising and organisations. UK, Sage.
Peters, B. Guy (2009). The Politics of Bureaucracy: An Introduction to Comparative Public Administration, 6th Edition. UK, Routledge.
Bovaird, Tony and Loffler Elke (eds) (2009). Public Management and Governance. UK, Routledge.
Lohmann Roger A. and Lohmann Nancy (2002). Social administration. US, Columbia University Press.
Rhodes, R. (1997). Understanding governance. Policy networks, governance, reflexivity and accountability. UK, Open University Press.
Powell, Martin (ed.) (2007). Understanding the mixed economy of welfare. UK, Policy Press.
Glennerster, Howard (2009). Understanding the finance of welfare (2nd ed.). UK, Policy Press.
Menzel, Donald, C. (2012). Ethics Management for Public Administrators: Leading and Building Organizations of Integrity. USA, M.E. Sharpe.
Banks, Sarah and Gallagher, Ann (2008). Ethics in Professional Life: Virtues for Health and Social Care: Character, Conduct and Caring. UK, Palgrave Macmillan.
Welch, Don (2014). A guide to ethics and public policy: finding our way. UK, Routledge.
Taylor, S. and Woodhams C. (2012). Managing People and Organisations. US, McGraw Hill.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture and Independent Study

Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (1 Hour) Yes 50%
Logbook Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Sandro Spiteri
Sue Vella (Co-ord.)

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