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Undergraduate Course: Governing The Social (SCPL10023)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Social and Political Science CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to a series of critical approaches to social policy and governance such as post-structuralist, feminist, critical political economy, anti-racist, or advocacy-oriented perspectives. It aims at developing students' capacity to provide a holistic analysis of the politics and policies surrounding social issues in modern societies in the light of global socio-economic changes, highlighting potential contradictions in how state intervention empowers as well as coerces citizens, creates opportunities as well as situations of exploitation, enhances social cohesion as well as deepens social cleavages, and how in turn citizens, social movements and organisations shape, subvert or resist social policies. The goal of the course is to enhance students' ability for critical and independent thinking about contemporary policy concerns.
Course description 1. Social policy, social order and the 'good society'
2. Social welfare and the welfare state: freedom and coercion
3. Power, empowerment and political mobilisation in mature welfare states
4. Social policy and the global economy: opportunity or exploitation?
5. Social agendas for the future - dominant and alternative global players (WTO, OECD, EU, Attack, Social Forum etc.)
6. Governing the Social: social investment, social control and subversive citizens
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 196 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) final assessment (essay) 60%
course work 40%
Feedback Not entered
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. an understanding of a series of critical theoretical approaches to the study of social policy and governance in modern societies.
  2. the ability to apply certain theoretical perspectives to a variety of policy issues
  3. enhanced ability to critically assess current policy issues with respect to political processes and social outcomes
  4. 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.
Reading List
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordscritical perspectives,social policy,governance
Course organiserDr Ingela Naumann
Tel: (0131 6)51 3869
Course secretaryMr John Riddell
Tel: (0131 6)50 9975
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