NQCG3107 Social Policy for Health and Well Being
This module develops students’ knowledge and understanding of social policy and the implications of different policy areas for health and well being. Students are also taught a range of policy analysis skills.
Aims and Objectives
To develop your knowledge of and ability to analyse and influence policies for improving health and well being. While the focus of the module is on social policy developments at national level, the implications of these developments for health and social care organisations at local level and for the work of practitioners, service and policy managers will be explored and assessed.
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Critically assess definitions of health, well being, policy and social policy
- Discuss social factors impacting on health and well being and policy interventions for addressing these factors
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some key concepts and ideological perspectives in social policy
- Identify and apply appropriate concepts and frameworks used in policy analysis
• Definitions of health, well being, policy and social policy • Socio-economic and environmental determinants of health e.g social gradient, early life, social exclusion, work and unemployment, social support, water and sanitation • Policies and services concerned with welfare and health improvement e.g housing policy, health policy, social care policy, historical perspectives on public health improvement • Policies for improving health and well being in relation to children, people with learning disabilities and elderly people • Key concepts and ideological perspectives in social policy e.g need, risk, social problem, poverty, social exclusion, inequality, equity, universalism, selectivity, targeting, fairness, rationing, choice, competition, decentralisation, diversity, partnership and integration, ‘nudge’ and stewardship • Policy analysis: key concepts and frameworks
This module is required in all public health pathways, providing excellent opportunities for shared learning with other public health professionals from a wide range of agencies and services
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
A variety of teaching and learning approaches will be used in this module. These include lead lectures, discussion, guided reading, group activities, guided discovery learning and e learning. You will be encouraged to use your practice teacher/mentor/peers as a resource for learning.
|Completion of assessment task||100|
|Preparation for scheduled sessions||20|
|Wider reading or practice||30|
|Total study time||210|
Resources & Reading list
Buse, K; Mays, N. & Walt, G. (2005). Making Health Policy (in the "Understanding Public Health" series).
Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, K. (2009). The Spirit Level. Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better.
Hudson, J; Kuhner, S. & Lowe, S. (2008). The Short Guide to Social Policy.
Colebatch, H.K. (2009). Policy.
Baggott, R. (2011). Public Health Policy and Politics.
Berridge, V; Gorsky, M. & Mold, A. (2011). Public Health in History.
Lister, R. (2010). Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy.
Baggott, R. (2007). Understanding Health Policy.
Hill, M. & Irving, Z. (2009). Understanding Social Policy.
Hudson, J. & Lowe, S. (2009). Understanding the Policy Process.
Porter, E. & Coles, L. (2011). Policy and Strategy for Improving Health and Wellbeing.
Ham, C. (2009). Health Policy in Britain.
Klein, R. (2010). The New Politics of the NHS.
Sim, F. & McKee, M. (2011). Issues in Public Health.
|Assignment (3000 words)||100%|
Repeat type: Internal