Welfare in Modern Britain - SOCI6010

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) Jeremy Kendall checkmark-circle


This module provides a broad introduction to welfare services in modern Britain, with a focus on England. Successful students will improve their understanding of the recent history and current organisation of the following areas of social welfare provision. These include education, health, social care, and housing.
The module starts with a basic mapping and description of key institutions and issues. It then moves on to: The policy-making process: paying for welfare services; social policy implementation by government and professions; assessing the impact of social policies.
The teaching will emphasise debates, arguments and controversies. Students will learn how to put together an argument and persuade others.


Contact hours

Total Contact hours: 44
Private study hours: 256
Total study hours: 300


Every Year

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Coursework 1 (essay) 5%
Coursework 2 (essay) 20%
Coursework 3 (essay) 25%
Examination (3 hours) 50%

Reassessment methods
100% Coursework

Indicative reading

Alcock, P. with M. May (2014). Social Policy in Britain. Palgrave. 4th edition.
Hudson, J., Kuhner, S. and Lowe, S. (2015). The short guide to social policy. Policy Press. 2nd edition.
Alcock, P., M. May and K. Rowlingson eds. (2012). The Student's Companion to Social Policy. Blackwell. 4thedition.
Aveyard, H., P. Sharp and M. Woolliams (2011). A Beginner's Guide to Critical Thinking and Writing in Health and Social Care. Open University Press.
Spicker, P. (2014). Social Policy: Theory and Practice, 3rd edition. Policy Press.
Glennerster, H. (2017). Understanding the Cost of Welfare. Policy Press.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes are as follows. On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1.Display systematic understanding of, and coherent and detailed knowledge of the relative roles of the following sources of welfare in England: the state, the private sector, the voluntary sector.
2.Display systematic understanding of, and coherent and detailed knowledge of the organisation in England of at least one of the following welfare services: health, social care, housing, education.
3.Display systematic understanding of, and coherent and detailed knowledge of the sources of funding for welfare services and the policy processes through which welfare services evolve.
4.Describe and comment upon current debates regarding the organisation and delivery of welfare services.
Critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts, and data to analyse and evaluate the organisation, cost and impact of welfare services.

The intended generic learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Display progression in ability to communicate information, ideas, problems, and solutions through essay writing and seminar-based group discussion.
2.Display progression in ability to deploy accurately techniques of analysis and enquiry using statistical data drawn from research and official sources.
3.Display progression in ability to devise and sustain arguments, both verbal and written.
4.Display progression in ability to apply scholarly social science theory and refereed research evidence to understanding social problems and policy responses.
5.Display progression in the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility, and the ability to manage their own learning through reflection on essay feedback.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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