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Social Policy

Duration 12 weekly meetings plus 2 Saturday day school
Tutor Rhiannon Maniatt and Dr Sara Jones
Course code SOC24A4970A
Fee £528
Concessionary fee £422 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

50-51 Park Place
CF10 3AT

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You will gain an understanding of important social policies which set up the welfare state and look at current policies which affect a range of topics including health, education and housing.test

The course is a 20 credit module on the Pathway to a degree in Social Science.

Learning and teaching

The course will be taught weekly and there will be two Saturday Schools. There will be 40 contact hours. You will also be asked to do reading and research tasks to prepare for class and for your assignments.

The teaching/learning strategy for this module will have an emphasis on active learning for the learner in developing an understanding of the subject matter and its relevance to society.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. The module will be assessed through an essay of 1800 words and two class tests, one seen, one unseen.

Reading suggestions

You will be a member of the university library and have access to all these texts:

  • Alcock, P. et al., (eds.) (2008) Student's Companion to Social Policy 3rd ed., Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Blakemore, K. & Griggs (2007) Social Policy 3rd ed., Maidenhead: Open University Press.
  • Bochel, H. et al., (eds.) (2009) Social Policy: Themes, Issues and Debates (2nd ed.), London: Prentice Hall.
  • Bomberg, E. et al., (eds.) (2011) The European Union: How Does it Work?, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Kooiman, J. (ed.) (1993) Modern Governance: New Government-Society Interactions, London: Sage.
  • Rhodes, R. (1997) Understanding Governance: Policy Networks, Governance, Reflexivity and Accountability, Buckingham: Open University Press.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.