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NQCG3107 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
  • 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

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

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

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
Lecture30
Follow-up work20
Completion of assessment task100
Preparation for scheduled sessions20
Wider reading or practice30
Tutorial10
Total study time210

Resources & Reading list

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

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

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

On line interactive tutorial “Internet for Social Policy.

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

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

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

Lecture ‘Inequality: the enemy between us?’.

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

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

Social Determinants of Health. The Solid Facts.

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

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

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

Giving children a healthy start. Health report.

Internet resources for studying social policy.

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

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

Colebatch, H.K. (2009). Policy. 

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

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

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

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment  (3000 words) 100%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Assignment 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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