SOCI1003 Social Problems and Social Policy
The module introduces students to the ways in which "social problems" come to be defined within societies and the factors shaping social policy responses to such problems.
Aims and Objectives
You are introduced to general theoretical approaches to the understanding of social problems, and to the analysis of a selected group of issues commonly defined as problems within contemporary societies – e.g. youth unemployment, poverty, race, ethnicity and migration, and environmental (in)justice
This module focuses on how and why certain social issues become identified as ‘social problems’. We will unpack classic ‘social problems’ such as poverty, youth unemployment, national identity and migration and environmental (in)justice – and identify the processes that have made them problematic (for example, the role of the media, the attitudes of the public, the plight of the people affected by them) and the policy responses that have emerged in relation to them. By the end of the module you will have a greater understanding of the politics of social problem identification in the UK and other countries and the foundations of an understanding of the way in which social policy responds to these problems.
Learning and Teaching
Teaching and learning methods
Two lectures per week and five seminars
|Total study time||150|
|Essay ( words)||30%|
|Exam (2 hours)||70%|
Repeat type: Internal & External