This module focuses on key challenges for International Social Policy through systematically differentiating and analysing key fields and issues. In this way, the student is provided with a systematic overview of some of the main spheres in which international and national social policy agendas co evolve. Individual social policy fields include extended working life and retirement; health; social security, migration policy and social care; with related issue areas including social exclusion and urban policies. While many policy domains are under pressure to change in the context of common socio-economic and processes – including population ageing, globalisation, and international migration -the response to these pressures will vary depending on a numbr of internal and external socio-economic and political factors, whose configuration will vary markedly by country and policy field.
Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total study hours: 200
Normally spring term (term 2)
Method of assessment
Main assessment methods
Coursework - essay (4000-5000 words) – 70%
Coursework – review (1500 words) - 30%
Clasen, J. (1999) Comparative Social Policy: Concepts, Theories and Methods Oxford: Blackwell
Cochrane, A.; Clarke, J.; Gewirtz, S. (2002) Comparing Welfare States 2nd Edition Open University Press & Sage.
Cousins, M. (2005) European Welfare States, Sage Pub.
Esping-Andersen, G. (1999) Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Giddens, A. (2007) Europe in the Global Age, Polity Press, Cambridge.
Hall, P.A. and Soskice, D. (eds) (2001) Varieties of Capitalism: The Institutional foundations of comparative advantage, Oxford University Press.
Hill, M. (2006) Social Policy in the Modern World, Blackwell Publishing
Leibfried, S. and Pierson, P. (eds) (1995) European Social Policy: Between Fragmentation and Integration, Brookings Institute, Washington.
Pestieau, P. (2006) The Welfare State in the European Union Oxford University Press
Powell, M: Hewitt, M. (2002) Welfare State and Welfare Change Open University Press.
Schierup, C.U. ; Hansen, P. & Castles, S. (2006) Migration, Citizenship, and the European Welfare State. A European Dilemma, Oxford University Press
Taylor-Gooby, P. (2005) (ed.) Making a European Welfare State? Convergences and conflicts
Over European Social Policy Blackwell Pub.
Tsoukalis, L. 2005 What Kind of Europe? Oxford University Press,
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
The intended subject specific learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Interpret social policy developments in general, and at the level of key fields and issue areas, using relevant international and comparative analytic frameworks
2.Understand the role of the European Union and other supranational institutions in policymaking in social policy broadly and in key fields and issue areas
3.Analyse national differences and similarities across key social policy fields and issue areas in terms of institutions, welfare mix configuration and policy outcomes, using relevant theories and approaches
4.dentify and evaluate the salience and significance of major boundary-spanning processes for international social policy, including globalisation, Europeanization, and international migration
5.Understand the nature of the political, economic, social and technological issues relevant to comparative social policy, and be able to evaluate their emergence and development
6.Understand the different uses for and forms of theory, evidence and argument in international social policy studies; and develop an individual stance on the appropriate application of analytic frameworks
7.Describe, evaluate and apply different approaches to collecting, analysing and presenting social and technical information
8.Assess the value of a range of research methods appropriate to a range of social policy issues and fields
The intended generic learning outcomes are as follows. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
1.Communicate, in terms of organising information in a clear and coherent way, responding to written sources and presenting information orally.
2.Application of theory and research evidence to understanding of key issues in welfare and social policy
3.Working with others by co-operating on seminars and expressing reasoned arguments orally
4.Argumentation: they will develop logical arguments based upon sound reasoning and understanding of the material and express these arguments in a written format
5.Desk-based research. Students will be able to gather library and web-based resources appropriate for postgraduate study; make critical judgements about their merits and use the available evidence to construct a developed argument to be presented orally or in writing web-based resources, make critical judgements and develop evidence-based arguments
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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