The Sociology of Social Policy
This module aims to provide an introduction to the subject of social policy from a sociological perspective and to provide a basic understanding of the origins, organisation, operations and outcomes of welfare institutions. The module explores the meaning of social policy and introduces students to sociological conceptualisations of the social construction of social problems, human needs, citizenship rights and equalities. It then considers key areas of the welfare system including education, health, social care, housing and social security, through a sociological lens.
The Politics of Social Policy
The module explores the development of recent UK Social Policy and the post-war welfare state through a political lens. It does this firstly by setting out key issues at the heart of debates on social policy, and then by comparing a series of key political approaches to those issues. The module considers liberalism, socialism, and conservatism, alongside recent critical approaches including feminism, environmentalism and the New Right. The aim is to provide an introduction to why social policy matters politically, and how our understanding of problems and priorities in welfare provision will be shaped by the dominant political perspectives of our time.
Social Security, Poverty and Social Exclusion
This module provides an overview of the development of social security from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. The module assesses the impact of contemporary social security policies in tackling poverty and the social exclusion of particular social groups. Social security policies are formulated within the precepts of prevailing political philosophies. Accordingly, social security has been greatly affected by changes in political and social policies throughout the twentieth century, and more recently by legislation implemented by the New Right, New Labour and Coalition governments. The meanings and significance of these changes are explored, and the roles and responsibilities of the state, the market and the individual are scrutinized.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to analyse and report on a social issue of their own choosing.
The Family and Children: Ethics and Policy
This module critically explores why the family and children matter to social policy, through an analysis of various contexts in which relevant issues arise, and of the implications of how they have been tackled in recent policy across a range of policy spheres in Wales, the UK and beyond. Throughout, there is a focus on questions of ethics and social justice. Thus it addresses why families, parenting and the interests of children raise pressing and challenging questions concerning rights, responsibilities and the nature of well-being ¿ and provides critical tools with which to assess how these questions have been answered in social policy.
Sociology of Child Health
This module aims to provide students with a critical understanding of issues and constructs related to childhood and child health and welfare for children aged 0 ¿ 11 years. It offers students a sociological perspective on childhood health risks, statistics, policies and promotion campaigns. Using the analytical tools of sociology, students will learn to evaluate critically epidemiological findings, differential health outcomes, health problems, and public health initiatives in light of their historical, social and cultural contexts.
The Fundamental Questions of Philosophy
This module introduces students to a series of questions and issues that are central to the discipline of philosophy. The topics discussed, in a lively and entertaining manner, will be concerned with the nature of persons and their relationships to the natural world and to other human beings in society. The topics studied will be: a.) ancient and modern accounts of the nature of the world and the nature of persons; b.) the relationship between the minds and bodies of persons; c.) the problem of personal identity; d.) reason and emotion in relation to human behaviour; e.) the possibility of freedom; f.) the claims of religion and science.
Foundations of Community Medicine
Communities now play a key role in improving and sustaining good health and the delivery of care. This has led to the development of a new field within medical education and practice called Community Medicine. Community Medicine is often considered synonymous with Preventative and Social Medicine (PSM), Public Health, and Community Health because of a shared concern with the prevention of disease and promotion of health and wellbeing. This module introduces students to the wide range of approaches encompassed within Community Medicine. These include preventative, promotive, curative and rehabilitative approaches aimed at improving population health through community-based health and care.
Individuals and Society
This module explores the relationship between society and the individual, with the aim of introducing students to a series of key concepts and debates across a series of areas of contemporary social life. We focus in particular on divisions in society as focal points for understanding how social factors affect individuals¿ identities, priorities, choices and life chances. The module serves as a foundation for years 2 and 3, giving students vital conceptual tools and showing how they can be applied across a series of key issues, themes and contexts.
Youth and Later Life: Opportunities for Policy and Practice
This module aims to explore issues surrounding the experience and treatment of young and older people in contemporary society, in Wales and beyond and responses to those issues in current social policy and practice. It looks at these two stages of the lifespan in terms of a series of social priorities, including education, health, the justice system, advocacy services, housing provision, and social care legislation. A key theme throughout is inclusion: how best we can ensure that both young and older people are engaged, supported and represented in decision-making.
Sociology of Childhood and Parenting
This module aims to provide students with an overview of key issues in the contemporary sociology of childhood and parenting. It explores what is distinctive about a sociological (rather than e.g. a biological or psychological) perspective on children, childhood and the parenting relationship. It looks at the complex place of children in society, and at dominant social perceptions of how childhood compares to adulthood. It looks at how the experience of childhood and parenting relate to factors such as class, gender and ethnicity. And it looks at a series of socially contentious issues connected to childhood, parenting and family relationships, including punishment, sexuality, religion and education. Thus the module provides a critical understanding both of what childhood and parenting are, in social terms, why they matter in contemporary society, and the important role they play in our understanding of key social processes.
Philosophy, Ethics & Medicine
This module introduces and examines some of the fundamental theoretical approaches to ethics in relation to examples taken from healthcare. It also considers the nature of moral judgements and the relation between ethics and the law.