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
Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:
- Identify the different ways in which the key social problems discussed in the course have been defined and explained
- Evaluate the validity of different interpretations of the causes of specific social problems, and the appropriateness of particular policy responses to these problems, drawing upon relevant theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence
- Outline the policy measures which have been developed in response to the selected social problems
- Identify the main approaches which have been used to analyse social problems and demonstrate how these may be applied in the analysis of the issues discussed in the course
This module focuses on how and why certain social issues become identified as ‘social problems’. We will unpack classic ‘social problems’ such as poverty, 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
There will be a total of 15 online lectures and 7 taught tutorials, at least four of which will be online.
|Total study time||150|
This is how we’ll formally assess what you have learned in this module.
This is how we’ll assess you if you don’t meet the criteria to pass this module.
Repeat type: Internal & External