SP418 Half Unit
Global Social Policy and International Organizations
This information is for the 2019/20 session.
Dr Hakan Seckinelgin, OLD.2.27
This course is available on the MSc in China in Comparative Perspective, MSc in Global Health Policy, MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Human Rights and Politics, MSc in International Social and Public Policy, MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Development), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Migration), MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Non-Governmental Organisations) and MSc in International Social and Public Policy (Research). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
All Social Policy Courses are ‘Controlled Access’. Please see the link below for further details on the allocation process.
What do the, the Catholic Church, Bill and Melissa Gates, UNICEF and the World Bank have in common? They are in one way or another involved in social policy that goes beyond the nation state. Policy could be seen as the exercise of political power and this political power has often been concentrated within the nation state. Far from the traditional study of policy this includes the effect of globalization on a variety of actors in social policy. This course examines how globalization has changed the way we perceive areas such as health, education, social care and other areas that concern social citizenship. The course examines the international policy environment, particularly intergovernmental organisations; bilateral and multilateral aid agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which influence the social policy environment in developing countries. The impact of the inter-governmental policy process on policy outcomes is examined. The same goes for religious groups, social movements and corporations that all play a role in global social policy. The main goal of the course is not only to open up the understanding of social policy and globalization but also to show the complexity of goals and actors of social policy. It is expected that the students will devote considerable time to reading and preparing for the seminars.
10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of seminars in the MT.
Students will write a long essay as their formative work for this course.
A detailed reading list will be presented at the beginning of the term. Some introductory texts include:
B Deacon Global Social Policy and Governance. Sage (2007);
R. Baldwin The Great Convergence: Information Technology and The New Globalization. Belnap (2017);
H. Seckinelgin The politics of Global AIDS: Institutionalization of Solidarity, Exclsion of Context. Springer (2017) ;
I. Gonzalez-Ricoy and A. Gossies, Institutions for Future Generations. OUP (2016);
R Mishra, Globalisation and the Welfare State, Edward Elgar (1999);
D Nayyar, Governing Globalization: Issues and Institutions, OUP (2002);
V S Peterson & A S Runyan, Global Gender Issues, Westview Press (1993).
M. Callon, P. Lascoumes, and Y. Barthe, Acting in an Uncertain World. The MIT Press (2009).
D. Carpenter, Reputation and Power: Organizational Image and Pharmaceutical Regulation at the FDA. Princeton (2010).
Take-home assessment (100%) in the MT.
Department: Social Policy
Total students 2018/19: Unavailable
Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable
Controlled access 2018/19: No
Value: Half Unit