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Social Policy Analysis - SPY00026M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Sabrina Chai
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2022-23

Module aims

  • to introduce some of the key concepts, techniques and theories employed in policy analysis
  • to apply this knowledge to specific social policy issues
  • to explore some of the key dilemmas and challenges facing the welfare state

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • understand the role of economic, political, social and international factors in shaping social policy
  • identify the complex issues surrounding the formation, implementation and evaluation of social policies
  • appreciate the institutional and organizational contexts which shape the process by which social policies are made


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

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Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

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Indicative reading

The key text for this course is Hudson, J and Lowe, S (2009) Understanding the Policy Process: Analysing Welfare Policy & Practice. It contains chapters relating to most of the weekly sessions (often more than one) and we recommend that you read the whole of this book during the course of the module. For the social policy contexts lectures, you may find it useful to consult Hudson, J, K¼hner, S and Lowe, S (2008) The Short Guide to Social Policy. It again contains chapters relating to the weekly sessions and is written with an international audience in mind and at an introductory level.

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.