Contemporary Social Policy Contexts, Values and Social Work Practice

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand social policy as an area of study;
  • Appreciate the relevance of social policy to the health and social services;
  • Know where the roots of the Welfare State lay;
  • Understand different ideologies of social welfare;
  • Appreciate key aspects of Welfare State legislation;
  • Know about social policy 1940s to the end of the 20th century;
  • Understand the policy shift from Welfare State to competition state;
  • Appreciate New Labour and the Third Way and the government (1997-2010);
  • Know the key social policies of the Coalition government (2010 onwards);
  • Appreciate global aspects relevant to UK social policy;
  • Appreciate relevant European aspects of social policy;
  • Understand UK and post-devolution aspects;
  • Demonstrate a critical grasp of inequalities of health and social welfare;
  • Understand social divisions and social policy;
  • Appreciate what is meant by social exclusion;
  • Know about human rights, anti-discrimination and equality policies;
  • Understand what being the good citizen entails;
  • Appreciate citizenship as an essentially contested concept;
  • Demonstrate a critical grasp of citizenship;
  • Understand perspectives on citizenship;
  • Demonstrate a present day view of citizenship;
  • Appreciate changing views of human needs;
  • Apply concepts of eligibility and entitlement;
  • Appreciate the contribution of scandal to children and family policy;
  • Understand changing nature of childhood and family life;
  • Demonstrate a critical grasp of policy contexts;
  • Know present day children and families policies;
  • Understand transformative policies in health and social care;
  • Identify contemporary issues in health and social care policies;
  • Appreciate concepts of empowerment, participation and personalization;
  • Understand patient, service user and carer identities;
  • Understand movements by patients, service users and carers;
  • Appreciate policy approaches to participation in health and social care;
  • Understand future directions for policy, participation, through partnership to control;
  • Demonstrate a critical grasp of disability policies;
  • Demonstrate a critical grasp of mental health policies;
  • Demonstrate a critical grasp of old age and end of life policies;