Social Policy and Social Control - SA300

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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4 15 (7.5)
Medway Autumn
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4 15 (7.5)
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4 15 (7.5) DR T Haux




Unavailable for Stage 3 students



This module is designed both for students intending to specialise in social policy, and for other students who are interested in social problems and responses to them. We explore the ways in which phenomena come to be labelled as social problems, we focus upon the ‘problem of youth’ and why certain youth behaviours are seen as problematic, who defines them as such and what is expected in terms of the balance between state and family responsibility. Issues explored include: young people’s changing relationship to the family; teenage pregnancy; education, transitions to work, migration drug (mis)use, youth homelessness and anti-social behaviour.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

22 (1 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar weekly).

Method of assessment

100% coursework (Essay 1 - 40%, Essay - 2 60%)

Preliminary reading

Furlong A and Cartmel F (2007) Young People and Social Change (2nd edn) Open University Press
Fulong A (2013) Youth Studies: an introduction. Routledge.
Furlong, A (ed) (2009) Handbook of Youth and Young Adulthood: new perspectives and agendas. Routledge.
Baldock J et al (eds.) (4th edn. 2011) Social Policy. Oxford University Press
Barry M (ed) (2005) Understanding Social Problems. Blackwell

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See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

An understanding of the ways in which phenomena come to be labelled as social problems;
An understanding of some of the key concepts used in social policy, such as need, equity, inequality, poverty, exclusion and diversity;
An ability to critically evaluate the solutions to social problems that are suggested and adopted;
An awareness of the way in which social policy not only responds to such problems but actually helps to shape them.
Developing skills in presentation and debate, both verbal and written;
Developing problem solving skills and the ability to seek solutions to social problems and individual needs.

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