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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

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*

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 and young 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

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

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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).

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

Internet resources for studying social policy.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giving children a healthy start..

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

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

Colebatch, H.K (2009). Policy. 

Lecture ‘Inequality: the enemy between us?’.

On line interactive tutorial “Internet for Social Policy.

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

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

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

Social Determinants of Health. The Solid Facts.

Assessment

Formative

Draft essay

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Essay 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: External

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