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GERO6022 Poverty and Social Protection Around The World (DL)

Module Overview

The module involves lectures and guest lectures from different disciplines. Learning activities include audio-lectures, which include trigger questions, and independent study. Students are expected to carry out some reading in advance of listening to each session, in order to make the most of the sessions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module introduces you to the study of social protection and the alleviation of poverty around the world. You will be familiarised with the main approaches to social protection in different parts of the world, and the interaction between demographic change and the design of social protection. You will focus particularly on the wellbeing of older people, for example in physical and financial terms. You will examine the methodological approaches to the study of poverty and the contribution of welfare mechanisms to its reduction and alleviation. The module combines insights from Social Policy, Demography, Sociology and Economics.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understand key components of social protection in high- and low-income countries around the world.
  • Summarise major trends in the provision of social protection around the world.
  • Demonstrate awareness of the measurement of poverty in later life in high- and low-income countries around the world.
  • Use skills in summarising and critically discussing literature; and written communication skills developed through the preparation of assessed Coursework

Syllabus

The module includes online audio-recorded lectures on: Introduction to the module; The principles of social protection; Contributory Vs. non-contributory schemes of pension protection; Understanding and measuring poverty in later life in high-income countries; Understanding and measuring poverty in later life in low-income countries; Policy responses to poverty in later life; Social protection in European countries; Social protection in African case studies; Social protection in Asian case studies; Livelihoods and vulnerability in later life; Gender differences in pension protection; and Cohort differences in pension protection.

Special Features

One or two outside experts are invited to give a couple of online guest lectures on particular topics; for example, an academic from this or another university researching a particular topic, an international author, or a policy analyst.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Online audio-recorded lectures. Learning activities include: Online lectures and independent study. Assessments: 2 essay assignments of no more than 2,500 words each

TypeHours
Teaching28
Independent Study172
Total study time200

Resources & Reading list

Barrientos, A. and Hulme, D. (eds) ( (2008)). Social Protection for the Poor and Poorest. Concepts, Policies and Politics.. 

Phillips, J. et al. (2010). Key Concepts in Social Gerontology. 

Vincent, J. et al (eds) (2006). The Futures of Old Age. 

Other. Module resources will be available on Blackboard, such as lecture PowerPoint slides, audiorecordings of lectures, key readings, coursework details, references and module updates. Students will be provided with guidance to use Skype for verbal/visual communication with tutors.

Dannefer, D. and Phillipson, C. (eds) (2010). The Sage Handbook of Social Gerontology. 

Lloyd-Sherlock, P. (2010). Population Ageing and International Development. From generalisation to evidence.. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2500 words) 50%
Essay  (2500 words) 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework assignment(s)  (2500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Costs

Costs associated with this module

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this module typically also have to pay for:

Conference expenses

Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any accommodation cost associated (as well as any conference registration fees). Travel: Where students wish to attend a scientific conference during their studies, they are liable for any travel cost associated. If students incur any travel costs associated with conducting their dissertation research, they are expected to bear the cost of this themselves.

Hardware

Participating in the Distance Learning programme requires the student to already have access to a PC/ laptop. Students may also wish to purchase their own PC/laptop or tablet in order to access Blackboard. Headphones are sent to the Distance Learning students in receipt of a Commonwealth Scholarship via post as part of their tuition fees at the beginning of their programme. Distance Learning students are also expected to have access to the internet, and to bear the cost of this themselves.

Other

All students on the MSc Gerontology (DL) or MSc Global Ageing and Policy (DL) programme are invited to attend a 4-day Residential Course in Southampton, however for those students who are in receipt of Commonwealth scholarships, this Course is obligatory, and the travel, accommodation and basic subsistence costs are covered as part of their Scholarship.

Printing and Photocopying Costs

For all GERO modules, coursework (such as essays; projects; dissertations) is submitted on line. Distance Learning students are provided hard copies of the MSc Student Handbook, Module Outlines and other key learning materials (eg. Module Outlines) via the post at the beginning of their programme, as part of their tuition fees. If students wish to print out copies of the lecture slides or electronic readings, they are expected to bear the cost of this themselves.

Software Licenses

Licenses relating to software used in the programme (eg. SPSS, NVivo) are purchased by the University, and students can download them from the iSolutions website using their username and password

Stationery

You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.

Textbooks

Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available electronically on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Please note that the vast majority of readings in Gerontology are available electronically through e-journals, as digitised text in the Online Course Collection or as e-books. Students on the DL programme receive key textbooks as part of their tuition fees at the beginning of the programme via post. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

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