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Undergraduate Course: Politics of the Welfare State (SCPL08005)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course looks at the position of the welfare state in the UK in the light of the dramatic economic events since 2008, including from an international perspective. The role of ideology, public opinion, political actors, interest groups and the media will be considered in understanding the directions that the British welfare state took in recent years. Specific social policy areas, such as health and education, will be discussed in detail and current reforms will be scrutinised.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 10 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 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.
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. 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.
  2. to understand how the welfare state works, how it is delivered, how it is paid for and who benefits from it.
  3. identify the current political debate and developments in four key policy areas health, employment and social security, education and housing.
  4. understand the politics of the British welfare state from an international perspective and in the context of the current economic crisis.
Reading List
None
Additional Information
Course URL http://www.ed.ac.uk/social_policy/
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information Plus tutorials.
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Elke Heins
Tel: (0131 6)50 4049
Email: Elke.Heins@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Claire Buchan
Tel: (0131 6)50 8253
Email: Claire.Buchan@ed.ac.uk
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