Not available in 2020/21
SP418      Half Unit
Global Social Policy and International Organizations

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

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.

Course content

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.

Formative coursework

Students will write a long essay as their formative work for this course.

Indicative reading

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.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2019/20: 33

Average class size 2019/20: 16

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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