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Exploring Social Policy & Social Justice - SPY00020C

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Antonia Keung
  • Credit value: 30 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2020-21 to Summer Term 2020-21

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

· To explore key concepts that underpin the analysis and practice of social policy and their relationship with social, economic and political change

· To enable the development the conceptual thinking skills required to undertake critical analysis of current social problems in their societal context.

· To enable students to actively engage in problem-solving processes in the exploration of social policy and society, furthering understanding of different ways of researching and understanding the social world.

· To develop group work skills and build experience in the presentation of material to an audience.

Module learning outcomes

Having successfully completed this module students will:

  • Understand how concepts and evidence are brought together and applied to the critical analysis of social policy and society
  • Be able to present arguments in relation to the development of social policy with reference to different types of theoretical and empirical evidence, and understand the strengths and limitations of these sources.
  • Have a knowledge of the historical development of social problems and social policy responses and an understanding of both continuity and change
  • Working independently and collaboratively, be able to synthesise and communicate complex material effectively for presentation to an audience and in written form.
  • Develop an understanding of academic integrity skills and the ethical values in all activities related to learning, teaching and research

Module content

Indicative topics covered in this module include concepts such as: social justice and inequality; needs and rights; vulnerability; citizenship as well as substantive issues such as Migration, demography and labour markets.



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 40
Individual Presentation Write
N/A 40
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group Presentation
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Reassessment Report
N/A 100

Module feedback

Students will receive regular feedback on their understanding of core concepts through seminar work as well as written feedback on final assessment tasks.

Indicative reading

Alcock, P. et al (eds) (2016) The Student’s Companion to Social Policy, Oxford:Wiley Blackwell.

Spicker, P. (2014) Social Policy: Theory and Practice, Bristol: Policy Press

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.