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This module provides an introduction to the relationship between economics and social policy and the way in which economic ideas, approaches and analysis can contribute to policy development. A brief history of economic thought provides a backdrop to the development of welfare economics and debate about the involvement of the state and the market in social welfare and wellbeing. The structure and operation of public expenditure management in the UK is explored, along with an examination of how money is spent across different sectors, services and social groups. Examples of theory, policy and practice are drawn from health economics and other fields.
This module explores the important concept of citizenship and its applications in social policy. It does this by examining equality and diversity policies, focusing on different theoretically-driven debates about the need for, and impact of, such policies. Building on level 4 social policy modules, students will also have the opportunity to gain more understanding of key concepts such as rights, justice, fairness and equality. As a further aim, the module sets out to help students develop a critical awareness of issues associated with applying equality and diversity policies in the workplace and to the topic of asylum. A particular focus is given to recent legislation dealing with age discrimination, and comparisons are drawn with other national contexts.
This module introduces students to the concept of the social problem. Building on introductory compulsory modules in sociological theory studied at level four, it draws on key theoretical perspectives within sociology to understand the variety of ways society approaches and interprets social ills. Drawing on a selection of current and historical examples of social problems, it aims to equip students to critically engage with social issues as they are articulated across a variety of public arenas from social media to public policy.
Building on knowledge and skills introduced in Social Problems I, this module explores in detail the processes through which society constructs social issues. It begins by critically exploring the sociology of myth and inviting students to analyse the structures of myths and urban legends. Focusing in-depth on social problems as social processes, it encourages students to think critically about the way social problems are defined, presented and approached in a variety of public arenas and encourages students to apply these insights to explore a selection of current events.
This module provides coverage of main approaches to qualitative research. Qualitative analysis will be taught via a practical/conceptual, rather than a theoretical approach. Instruction is given in the use of performing qualitative analyses. The objective of this approach is to ensure competency in the understanding of the uses of qualitative analysis, and the main strengths and weaknesses of this approach. The course will lead to the ability to perform analysis, and enable interpretation of such analyses.
This module provides a comprehensive overview of the statistical methods and research designs used in applied clinical and health psychology. The module examines the parameters of ethical research practice and introduces students to the key concepts and a limited number of qualitative methods commonly used in applied psychology.
This module considers the impact of individual and societal influences on health and illness. Theory and evidence from the disciplines of psychology and sociology will be considered within the context of healthcare provision.
This module explores key contemporary themes and debates within the sociology of health and illness including health promotion and the sociology of risk, the experience of illness and health care in contemporary society, deviance and stigma in relation to illness, lay-professional interactions, the sociology of the body and the sociology of death and dying. The module will encourage students to draw upon both debates in the public sphere (e.g. news and/or social media) and key research studies to further their understandings of these issues.
In this compulsory module students will develop a critical understanding and appreciation of the wider context of health care management. The social, cultural and economic context within which health and illness are defined and experienced and how these impact and influence the organisation and financing of health care and health systems will be critically explored.
SHH114 Sociology of Health and Illness I
This module provides students with a sound introduction to some of the key contemporary debates within sociology of health and illness. It enables students to understand the significant influence of social factors in people’s interpretation and experience of health and illness and also explores social relations in formal health work.
SHH212 The Sociology of Health and Illness II
Building on the cognate Level 1 module, this module further explores key contemporary debates and research approaches in the sociology of health and illness.