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Making Global Social Policy - SPY00086M

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  • Department: Social Policy and Social Work
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Zoe Irving
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Summer Term 2021-22

Module aims

This module will:

  • Enable students to engage in 'real world' policy analysis and research
  • Enable students to work in a small team to locate, identify, select, analyse and summarise policy-relevant data
  • Enable students to identify and accurately represent the policy stance of global organisations
  • Engage students in putting together a policy brief in a key global social policy area

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module students will be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the policy stances and strategies of key global organisations in a number of social policy areas
  • An ability to collaborate with other students in a discreet project area
  • An ability to distil, present and debate (in a group) the key arguments of an organisation, not necessarily their own personal views
  • An ability to produce individually, a policy-brief to inform policy agendas and other policy actors.


Task Length % of module mark
3000 word portfolio
N/A 80
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
Group debate
N/A 20

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 80
2000 word essay on debate topic
N/A 20

Module feedback

Written feedback using a standard marking pro-forma is provided within 5 weeks of submission.

Indicative reading

Barnett, M. and Finnemore, M. (2004) Rules for the World: International Organisations in Global Politics, Cornell University Press.

Deacon, B. (2013) Global Social Policy in the Making, Bristol: Policy Press

Yeates, N. and Holden, C. (eds) (2009) Global Social Policy Reader, 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.