Not available in 2013/14
Poverty, Social Exclusion and Social Change

This information is for the 2013/14 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Hartley Dean OLD2.30


This course is available on the BSc in Environment and Development, BSc in Social Policy, BSc in Social Policy and Criminology, BSc in Social Policy and Economics, BSc in Social Policy and Sociology and BSc in Social Policy with Government. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

The course will examine the definition, measurement and causes of poverty and social exclusion in general and analyse selected aspects drawn from the following: social and demographic change, gender and racial inequality, homelessness and housing deprivation, unemployment, worklessness, social security and poverty, area deprivation, educational inequality, crime and social exclusion.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the LT. 1 hour of lectures and 3 hours of classes in the ST.

Formative coursework

A minimum of two written essays will be required from students and each student will be asked to make a short presentation for discussion in class at least once each term.

Indicative reading

A detailed list will be provided at the start of the session. P Alcock, Understanding Poverty, Palgrave, 2006; D. Dorling, Injustice: Why social inequality matters, The Policy Press, 2010; J Hills, et al (Eds), Understanding Social Exclusion, OUP, 2002; R Lister, Poverty, Polity, 2004; P Pantazis et al (Eds), Poverty and Social Exclusion in Britain: The millennium survey, The Policy Press, 2006; P Townsend and D Gordon (Eds) World Poverty: New policies to defeat an old enemy, The Policy Press, 2002.


Exam (75%, duration: 3 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (25%, 1500 words) in the ST.

Student performance results

(2010/11 - 2012/13 combined)

Classification % of students
First 10
2:1 61.1
2:2 25.6
Third 3.3
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2012/13: 32

Average class size 2012/13: 12

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Specialist skills