Comparative Social Policy

Institute of Applied Social Studies, School of Social Policy

College of Social Sciences


Code 21885

Level of study Third/Final year

Credit value 20

Semester Autumn or Spring

Module description

The study of Social Policy at undergraduate level is designed to enable students to reflect on the ways in which different societies have developed alternative ways of meeting these needs or have, in some cases, done so in discriminatory and/or oppressive ways (QAA Benchmarking Statement, 2000). This module starts with the question `Why do comparative Social Policy?' It then introduces the analysis of social policy with the examination and assessment of theoretical models which underpin different social policy regimes and moves forward through a discussion of relevant examples to the present using Esping-Andersen's typology as a foundation and examining this in the light of the work of later critics.
During term 1, students are encouraged to develop their own areas of interest and to demonstrate this by means of a short book review. By the end of term 1, students will be in a position to present a realistic comparative project/research proposal. Sessions will include:
Introduction to the comparative study of social policy.
Sources of data and statistics.
Social policy and citizenship.
Social inequalities and human security.
Globalisation and social policy.
Social policy provision: actors and agents. Welfare regimes.
Understanding welfare provision and social protection.
The focus of term 2 is an individual comparative research and writing project undertaken under regular supervision by the module coordinator.