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This subject provides students with a series of critical approaches to the study of social policy and governance in modern societies. The subject bridges theories from sociology, political economy and criminology to develop students’ capacity to provide a holistic analysis of the policies surrounding social issues in modern societies in the light of global socio-economic changes. The subject will help students to understand and examine the potential contradictions that state interventions and law implementation have for specific socio-demographic groups. In addition, the subject aims to enhance students' ability for critical and independent thinking about contemporary policy concerns.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should have:
- an understanding of a series of critical theoretical approaches to the study of social policy and governance in modern societies;
- the ability to apply certain theoretical perspectives to a variety of policy issues;
- enhanced ability to critically assess current policy issues with respect to political processes and social outcomes
- developed their skills in a range of cross-cutting and transferable skills' areas, including: critically analysing evidence and using this to develop and support a line of argument; presenting information visually and orally; engaging in group discussion; cooperating in team work and team assessment; commenting on public debates; communicating with different audiences; searching for academic literature and writing an extended essay
On successful completion of this subject students should:
• be able demonstrate critical thinking and analytic skills, through research and written communication;
• be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically, both orally and in writing;
• be able to display awareness and understanding of the social, ethical and cultural contexts of research and of our place as researchers.
Last updated: 3 November 2022