Linking entitlement to publicly provided welfare benefits and services is now part and parcel of an increasingly conditional welfare state, but is it ever fair to remove or reduce someone's right to social security benefits if they behave 'irresponsibly' or fail to search for work? If you are interested in exploring how different ideological approaches lead to diverse answers to this question then choose 'Citizenship, Difference and Inequality'. This module explores competing visions of social citizenship and the implications that current welfare reforms have for diverse groups of citizens.
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This second year social policy module will be of interest to students of social policy, sociology, politics and others with an interest in citizenship and on-going welfare state reform within and beyond the UK. Three key themes relevant to contemporary debates about social citizenship citizenship i.e. provision, conditionality and membership run through the module. Crucial questions will be asked such as;
What role should the state, the market and family play in delivering welfare to citizens? (Provision)
Is it reasonable to deny welfare benefits and services to those who refuse to engage in active job search and/ or stop behaving in antisocial or harmful behaviour? (Conditionality)
Who has a legitimate claim to collectively provided welfare and who might be justifiably excluded from such support? (Membership)
In the first term such questions will provide the basis for a critical analysis of six important perspectives (i.e. the Social Democratic approach of T. H. Marshall, the New Right, New Communitarianism, New Labour, contemporary Conservativism and Welfare Service Users) on the welfare element of citizenship and their implications for welfare policy, particularly, but not exclusively, within the British setting. The focus will then then shifts to consider issues of difference (class, gender, ethnicity and disability) and their significance to citizenship status and individual/group welfare rights. To complete the module debates about the potential for the development of citizenship beyond the nation state e.g. European Union and Global citizenship are considered.
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2000 Word Essay
2000 Word Policy Report
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In the autumn term students are expected to prepare and deliver and a 10-15 minute oral presentation on a set seminar question chosen from an available list. They receive informal feedback on the content and delivery of the presentation from their fellow students and the module convenor in classroom discussions immediately following each presentation. Subsequently many students develop the themes which were initially outlined in their seminar presentations in order to answer a related question from the formal assessment list. Students are encouraged to email outline plans for their assessed work to their tutors for comments in return email. Students are also encouraged to book one to one slots for face to face slots to discuss their progress and plans in relation to assessed work.