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Globalisation & Social Policy - SPY00036M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Kevin Caraher
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2020-21

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2020-21

Module aims

The purpose of this module is to provide you with an introduction to:

  • Debates over the nature of globalisation and its consequences for social policy, social well-being and social divisions.
  • A range of global social policy issues, such as poverty and inequality, health, the social impacts of trade liberalisation and labour standards.
  • How these issues are debated and addressed by international organisations.
  • How these international organisations are - or are not - being reformed to deal more effectively with the issues.
  • The role of transnational social actors in the new global social policy agenda.
  • How the politics of globalisation manifest themselves in relation to social policy in a number of regional and national contexts.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module you should be able to:

  • Understand the terms of the debate on globalisation and social policy.
  • Access and analyse critically the social policy agendas of major international organisations.
  • Examine critically the international politics of key social policy issues such as poverty and inequality, health, the social impacts of trade liberalisation and labour standards.
  • Examine critically the influence of globalisation on the making of social policy in different regional and national contexts.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 100

Module feedback

The lead marker (the module tutor) will include comments about the content, structure, and evidence used etc. to provide you with constructive information that will enable you to improve on future work. The feedback a tutor can offer can be invaluable to your studies, so it is important you read this carefully

We aim to return your marked work to you within one month of its submission.

Feedback will be given in three ways:

(1) Comments within the actual text will highlight specific points and examples that the marker wants to draw to your attention.

(2) The marking criteria will be highlighted to show how your assignment has been rated against those criteria. This will enable you to calibrate your performance against a consistent scale, and therefore to aim to improve in specific areas.

(3) Finally the marker will provide a narrative summary in which the main points will be set out and any major areas for improvement highlighted.

Indicative reading

Scholte, J. A. (2005)  Globalisation: A  critical introduction,  Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke

Woods, N. (2006)  The globalizers: The IMF, the World bank and their borrowers, New York, Cornell University Press

Yeates, N. (Ed) (2008) Understanding Global Social Policy, 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.