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March Special Topic: Comparative Family Systems and Family Change
Visiting Academic: Professor Martin Whyte
This subject engages with critical and contemporary issues in the field of Sociology and Social Policy. Focusing on a special topic of key social policy interest, this subject will enable students to broaden and deepen their understanding of contemporary areas of social policy and practice. Students will have the opportunity to explore these issues through various topics areas at the global and national levels.
Intended learning outcomes
Students who successfully complete this subject should:
- understand contemporary challenges in social policy related to social consequences of changing economic developments;
- appreciate the connections between various academic disciplines and how this informs theory and practice in social policy;
- explore how social, economic and family patterns vary from society to society and have changed over time; and
- understand how changing economic developments shape or reshape social policy around critical areas.
On completion of this subject students should have:
- the ability to demonstrate competence in critical, creative and theoretical thinking through essay writing, seminar discussion and presentations, conceptualising theoretical problems, forming judgments and arguments from conflicting evidence, and by critical analysis;
- the ability to demonstrate proficiency in the application of policy analysis skills to empirical problems; and
- the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the academic protocols of research and presentation.
Last updated: 3 November 2022