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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Social and Political Science : Social Policy

Undergraduate Course: Politics of the Welfare State (SCPL08005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaSocial Policy Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www.ed.ac.uk/social_policy/ Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis half course, complementing Social Policy and Society, explores the politics and institutions of the welfare state. It begins with a look at the different aims of welfare, a brief history of the British welfare state, the policy process, and comparatively, at different models of welfare states. This is followed by a closer look at changing welfare agendas in employment and social security and health. We then focus on who pays for welfare, who provides it and who benefits from it. The course concludes with an examination of different ideologies of welfare.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Class Delivery Information Plus tutorials.
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 165 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The course has four main objectives:

First, to analyse the ideological and political factors which have shaped the development of the welfare state in the past and are shaping it in the present.

Second, to understand how the welfare state works, how it is delivered, how it is paid for and who benefits from it.

Third, to identify the current political debate and developments in four key policy areas health, employment and social security, education and housing.

Fourth, to understand the politics of the British welfare state from an international perspective and in the context of the current economic crisis.
Assessment Information
1 essay of 1500 words; tutorial participation = 10%, essay = 30%, degree exam = 60%; resit as for first sitting - if taken as second sitting exam mark becomes overall.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Contacts
Course organiserDr Elke Heins
Tel: (0131 6)50 4049
Email: Elke.Heins@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMr Ewen Miller
Tel: (0131 6)50 3925
Email: Ewen.Miller@ed.ac.uk
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