SA4J8 Half Unit
Social Policy and Development: Core Concepts
This information is for the 2012/13 session.
Dr A Hall, A279, Dr S Kumar, A224, Professor D Lewis, A281, Dr H Seckinelgin, A269 and Dr A Ishkanian A116.
This paper is compulsory on MSc Social Policy and Development and MSc Social Policy and Development: Non-Governmental Organisations. It is optional for MPA Public and Economic Policy/MPA Public Policy and Management/MPA International Development/MPA European Public and Economic Policy/MPA Public and Social Policy and MSc Social Policy (Research).
Students are expected to have a background in the social sciences and some practical work experience in developing countries.
The course is designed to give students a knowledge of core concepts within the theory and implementation of social policy in developing countries. Such an overview is essential for those focusing on mainstream social policy and development issues, and those choosing to specialise on non-governmental organisations. Main topics will include: Comparative social policy in north and south; social development and human development; conceptualizing the state, market and civil society as policy actors; citizenship and rights; comparative approaches to the understanding of poverty, wellbeing and exclusion; welfare regime theory; concepts of sustainable livelihoods; global institutions and the international aid system; conceptualizing the policy process.
10 x 1.5 hour lectures and 10 x 1.5 hour seminars during the MT. Two revision seminars in ST.
An unassessed study and research skills for social policy and development is also provided. This comprises five additional one hour sessions in MT. It includes an introduction to 'Conceptualising the Research Process', a self-learning web-based course, a review of research methods, use of evidence, ethics in research, basic study skills and dissertation guidance.
All students will write and receive feedback on a formative essay (1500 words). Also, the student-led weekly seminars will require all students to make at least one joint seminar presentation on a question, a process designed to students plan an exam answer based on their reading.
De Haan, A. (2007) Reclaiming Social Policy: Globalization, Social Exclusion and New Poverty Reduction Strategies. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; Deacon, B (2007) Global Social Policy and Governance, London: Sage; Gough, I. and G. Wood et al. (eds, 2004) Insecurity and Welfare Regimes in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; Hall, A. and J. Midgley (2004) Social Policy for Development. London: Sage; Houtzager, P and Moore, M. (eds, 2005) Changing Paths: International Development and the New Politics of Inclusion. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press; Mkandawire, T. (ed, 2004) Social Policy in a Development Context. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan; Riddell, R. (2007) Does Foreign Aid Really Work? Oxford: Oxford University Press; Turner, M. and Hulme, D. (1997) Governance, Development and Administration: Making the State Work. Houndsmill: Macmillan.
One 3,000 word essay (100%).