10 Credits SPRING



Aims/Description: This unit introduces students to some of the material and theoretical concerns of social policy by focusing on the politics of `welfare'. It is organised around unpacking common contemporary 'welfare myths' - e.g. 'the benefit scrounger', 'welfare tourism' and the need for austerity - by taking a long view of their articulation through history, exploring their ideological roots, examining policy responses and assessing the empirical evidence to support them. In doing so the unit also focuses on the policy making process, examining in particular issues of power in contemporary UK and the role of the media in perpetrating 'welfare myths'.

Restrictions on availability: EMPTY

Staff Contact: Maureen Howard
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study, drop-in surgeries
Assessment: Formal Exam
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