Elective Modules (all 20 credits):
Introduction to Applied Social Research (20 credits)
Current Module Lead: Lisa Goodson
This module introduces students to the theory of social research and the different methodologies in an applied policy and practice setting. The development of a research proposal, choice of methodology and methods, access and ethical considerations and the research process are included and students are expected to undertake a small piece of empirical or policy research as part of their dissertation.
The Politics of British Social Policy (20 credits)
Current Module Lead: Robert Page
This module explores some key developments in the politics of British Social Policy since 1940, including the 'creation' of the welfare state by the Labour governments of Clement Atlee from 1945-51, One Nation Conservatism (1951-64); the Conservative welfare revolution of Margaret Thatcher and John Major (1979-97); New Labour (1997-2010) and Cameron and the Conservative-Liberal Democrat Coalition government (2010-present day).
Policy Futures: Global and local perspectives (20 credits)
Current Module Lead: Rob Macmillan
This module provides students with the opportunity to identify and discuss the nature and role of policy analysis. This includes examining what are social issues, identifying significant dynamics and trends within the policy process, and identifying opportunities for shaping the future direction of social policy. The module will provide the student with an opportunity to develop and refine a range of transferable skills in policy analysis and communication. Students have the opportunity to examine a range of global and local case studies, in order to identify significant trends and dynamics and trends within the policy process and to develop the knowledge and skills required to analyse complex policy problems, and to communicate such an analysis to a range of audiences.
International Social Policy (20 credits)
Current Module Lead: Kelly Hall
This module introduces students to the comparative study of international social policy and to acquire knowledge bases on social policy within particular regions of the world.
The Third Sector and Social Policy (20 credits)
Current Module Lead: John Mohan
There are currently great expectations that the third sector (sometimes variously known as the voluntary sector, or the non-profit sector), will play a greater role in the delivery of welfare services and in promoting various social policies. However, the claims made for the third sector require close scrutiny. This module provides analyses of the definitions and characteristics of the third sector, the organisations that comprise it, and the people and volunteers that carry out its activities; the funding and organisational base of the sector; the varying organisational components of the sector (including social enterprise, and community-based groups); the role of the sector in delivering public services; and the development of policy towards the voluntary sector.
Globalisation, International Migration and Citizenship (20 credits)
Current Module Lead: Nando Sigona
What factors shape migration flows worldwide? How does international migration transform society both at 'home' and 'abroad'? How can we govern complex societal processes brought about by human mobility? What does immigration policy tell us about citizenship and belonging?
This module provides students with the opportunity to reflect and discuss these timely questions and to critically analyse current debates around immigration in a number of countries around the world.
Other optional modules
Students can choose 40 credits from other postgraduate programmes from within the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, as well as from other University departments. You can discuss your areas of interest and future career ambitions with us to help you choose the most appropriate modules to study.
Approved modules from another Department.
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme are subject to change. As you will appreciate members of staff may leave the University and this may result in the withdrawal of a particular module. If a module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as possible so that you can make an alternative choice.