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HLTH6056 Social Policy for Health and Well Being

Module Overview

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

Module Aims

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.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Critically assess definitions of health, well being, policy and social policy
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of social factors impacting on health and well being and policy interventions for addressing these factors
  • Critically debate and synthesise key concepts and ideological perspectives in social policy
  • Identify, apply and evaluate appropriate concepts and frameworks used in policy analysis
  • Appraise the implications of a policy development at national or global level for the strategic leadership / management of a service or organisation* *The breadth of knowledge requires at level 7 is reflected in this additional learning outcome.

Syllabus

• 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 • Global and supra-national policy developments and processes

Special Features

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. This module is also core to the MSc Complex Care in Older People

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

TypeHours
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Preparation for scheduled sessions30
Seminar10
Follow-up work20
Lecture30
Completion of assessment task100
Total study time210

Resources & Reading list

Wilkinson, R. & Pickett, K. (2009). The Spirit Level. Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better. 

Internet resources for studying social policy.

Hudson, J; Kuhner, S. & Lowe, S. (2008). The Short Guide to Social Policy. 

Sim, F. & McKee, M. (2011). Issues in Public Health. 

Fairer Care Funding: The Report of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support (Dilnot Commission).

Baggott, R (2011). Public Health Policy and Politics. 

Hudson, J. & Lowe, S. (2009). Understanding the Policy Process. 

On line interactive tutorial “Internet for Social Policy.

Porter, E. & Coles, L. (2011). Policy and Strategy for Improving Health and Wellbeing. 

Closing the gap in a generation. Health equity through action on the social determinants of health.

Berridge, V; Gorsky, M. & Mold, A (2011). Public Health in History. 

Hill, M. & Irving, Z (2009). Understanding Social Policy. 

Fair Society, Healthy Lives. Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010.

Buse, K; Mays, N. & Walt, G. (2005). Making Health Policy (in the "Understanding Public Health" series). 

Giving children a healthy start..

Social Determinants of Health. The Solid Facts.

Baggott, R. (2007). Understanding Health Policy. 

Lecture ‘Inequality: the enemy between us?’.

Colebatch, H.K (2009). Policy. 

Klein, R. (2010). The New Politics of the NHS. 

Ham, C. (2009). Health Policy in Britain. 

Lister, R. (2010). Understanding Theories and Concepts in Social Policy. 

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3500 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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