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This module assesses the impact of contemporary social policies upon disabled people. Such policies are formulated within the precepts of prevailing political philosophies. Accordingly, the lives of disabled people have been greatly affected by changes in political and social policies throughout the twentieth century, and more recently by the battle for anti-discrimination legislation similar to that which exists to protect racial minorities and women. The module discusses medical and social models of disability and the significance of the Disability Movement.
This module provides an account of the principles and the development of housing policies in the UK from the nineteenth century to the present day. The module assesses government, voluntary and private sector responses to housing the population. There is an exploration of the meaning of home, the purposes of housing policy and the conceptualisation of housing need. The impacts of housing policy are examined, including its human consequences (eg crime and homelessness); the experiences of particular population groups (eg in terms of class, ¿race¿, ethnicity, gender, disability and age); and geo-economic outcomes (eg protection of the environment, land use and urban planning).
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 aims to introduce students to contemporary social policies affecting disabled people. It explores how those impacts have been felt, in the lives of disabled people ¿ and also how they reflect prevailing political ideas. It looks at the impacts of human rights and anti-discrimination legislation, and at the ongoing struggles to identify and address the specific challenges faced by disabled people. The module discusses medical and social models of disability, and the significance of the Disability Movement.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an opportunity to analyse and report on a social issue of their own choosing.
This module analyses the key values and principles underpinning social policies in Western democracies. The module discusses the social construction of social problems and theoretical accounts of power and hegemony. It critically examines the contributions of the work of influential contemporary theorists with respect to the concepts of justice, rights, needs, liberty, equality, diversity and citizenship. The module also considers the role of these concepts in shaping the contours of social policy and the relationship between the individual and the state.
Advocacy has been increasingly recognised within Social Policy as being a means of securing and exercising the rights of citizens, particularly those subject to discrimination, marginalisation and abuse. This module explores conceptual, ethical, policy and practice perspectives of advocacy. The influence of social movements in the development of advocacy is considered, along with official policy responses of Government and professionals. Whilst the focus is upon developments in the UK, examples are also drawn from North America and Scandinavia. The module examines advocacy with a variety of social groups, including children, disabled adults and older people; settings such as care homes and hospitals; and situations such as instances of abuse and making decisions or choices.
This module provides a critical analysis of the citizenship and participation of older people. It covers contemporary debates about human rights, social justice, equality, inclusion and discrimination in relation to older people. It also explores competing discourses around service user involvement and ways of ensuring that the diverse voices of older people are heard at all levels of policy and decision making in practice.
This module introduces students to key thinkers and theoretical orientations that have impacted both sociological thought and society itself from the Enlightenment to the mid-twentieth century. Using biographical sketches, historical vignettes, and applications to historical and contemporary events, the module aims to acquaint students with the history of sociological thought and its significance to understanding both the present and the past.