Undergraduate Course: Comparative Social Policy: Global Perspectives (SCPL08014)
|School||School of Social and Political Science
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||The course provides students with the analytical tools to make sense of similarities and differences across welfare states, focussing ¿ among others ¿ on the socio-economic outcomes associated with different welfare states, the reasons for distinctive social policy structures across countries, and the relation between public, private and informal sectors in the provision of social policy. It illustrates these similarities and differences by introducing in detail selected national models of welfare states drawing on examples from Europe, North America and East Asia. It reviews the role of international organisations in shaping social policy in the Global North and in the Global South. It discusses crises and opportunities for renewal that affect contemporary welfare states.
This course has four parts: firstly, it sets the scene by introducing a series of analytical categories and dimensions that can be employed to examine social policy in comparative perspective; secondly, it illustrates similarities and differences in the social policies of high-income countries by reviewing in detail selected national models of welfare state; thirdly, it moves from the national to the supranational level by examining the role of selected supranational institutions in shaping social policies in the Global North and the Global South (e.g. European Union; World Bank; ILO); fourthly, it reviews some key challenges that welfare states are currently faced with and the opportunities for renewal that these challenges may offer. The course is team taught, with different staff members in Social Policy teaching on their areas of expertise. Weekly tutorials complement the lectures to discuss topics and key concepts on the basis of core readings. Tutorial readings are supplemented with an extensive reading list in the course handbook to aid self-guided learning and the preparation of assignments.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
European Social Policy (SCPL08006)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should usually have at least 1 introductory level Social Policy course at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this) for entry to this course. We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Mid-term Essay - 40%
Take Home Exam - 60%
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Take Home Exam||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Systematically compare social policy arrangements across different countries.
- Critically assess the models used to classify different welfare states.
- Identify and evaluate the challenges facing mature social protection systems.
- Understand the contemporary international dynamics affecting domestic welfare states.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Niccolo Durazzi
Tel: (0131 6) 51 1929
|Course secretary||Ms Ieva Rascikaite