POVERTY, WELFARE AND THE STATE - 2022/3
Module code: SOC2043
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We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22.
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This module focuses on social need and the way that society organises to provide for those in need. We will examine how social problems are defined and policies formulated in response to them. We consider the relative position of social classes, generations, ethnicities, and men and women in respect to poverty, inequality and welfare. We explore the changing boundaries between the roles of the state, the market, the family and the voluntary sector in the mixed economy of welfare. A range of topics are covered including: education, health, housing, criminal justice, work and pensions and arts and culture.
BULLOCK Karen (Sociology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: L400
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Overall student workload
Independent Learning Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 11
Seminar Hours: 11
Guided Learning: 11
Captured Content: 11
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
Indicative content includes:
- The development of the state’s role in social welfare
- Contemporary social policy including: education; health; housing; criminal justice; social services; and, pensions
- Themes in social policy including the role of social class, gender and ethnicity
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||1500 WORD ESSAY||40|
|Coursework||2000 WORD ESSAY||60|
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes through critical engagement with a wide range of scholarly material.
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
- 2 essays the first worth 40% and the second worth 60%
Formative assessment and feedback
- Feedback in class
- Written feedback on essay one will shape the preparation of the second
- The key issues and perspectives relevant to the study of social policy
- The role and nature of the central welfare institutions in society
- Comparative and historical patterns in social policy
|1||Recognize the factors which shape experiences of poverty in the UK||KC|
|2||Critically evaluate the role played by welfare institutions in providing for citizens social need||KCT|
|3||Consider how approaches to social need have changed over time and why||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Introduce students to the study of social policy, key issues and perspectives relevant , the role and nature of core institutions of welfare and comparative patterns
The learning and teaching methods include:
- lectures/seminars/class discussion/independent reading and preparation of essays
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Criminology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Criminology and Sociology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Politics and Sociology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Sociology BSc (Hons)||1||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.