Contemporary Debates In Social Policy: Theory and Practice (X3342C)

15 credits, Level 4

Spring teaching

In this module, you explore and question the ways in which social policy shapes, and is shaped, by society. You investigate contemporary issues in areas such as:  

  • mental health
  • disability
  • parenting
  • family intervention
  • education
  • employment
  • poverty
  • youth justice
  • ageing society
  • consumerism and choice.

You mainly focus on UK social policy, but you will also look at international social policy models.

You examine equality and social inclusion and use a research-led approach to investigate the ways that policies evolve and affect the social well-being of a nation. 

You also explore social justice, need, fairness and well-being in relation to UK social policy and policy-driven practices, and hear from people using the health service.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 25 hours of contact time and about 125 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.