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Economics of Social Policy - ECO00053H

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  • Department: Economics and Related Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. William Jackson
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25
    • See module specification for other years: 2023-24

Module summary

The module investigates how economic theory can be applied to the analysis and appraisal of social policy: topics covered include the welfare state, equity and redistribution, income maintenance, education, housing, retirement pensions and social care.

Related modules

Pre-requisite modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

  • To assess the economic aspects of social policy and consider how they relate to the non-economic aspects

  • To show that all social policy gives rise to economic problems that can be analysed through the standard techniques of economics

  • To make use of the relevant economic theories and methods in evaluating social policy

Module learning outcomes

On completing the module a student will be able to:

  • Appraise the economic and non-economic objectives of the Welfare State

  • Apply economic techniques to the analysis of social policy

  • Evaluate current social policies within a formal economic framework

  • Think critically about social policy matters

Indicative assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Economics of Social Policy
3 hours 100

Special assessment rules


Indicative reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Closed/in-person Exam (Centrally scheduled)
Closed exam : Economics of Social Policy
3 hours 100

Module feedback

Feedback will be provided in line with University policy

Indicative reading

Barr, N. (2020), The Economics of the Welfare State, 6th edn, Oxford University Press.

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