15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: This unit examines policy responses at national, international and global levels to significant contemporary social changes occurring across the globe, including population ageing, migration, globalisation and new labour market risks and family change. It introduces the theoretical frameworks utilised in the analysis of social policy in global, international and comparative contexts, and the architecture of international and global social policy governance, so that students can understand the nature of social policy responses and their outcomes, as well as reasons for international variations in the logic of policy responses. It also introduces students to key debates about policy alternatives and futures.

Staff Contact: Maureen Howard
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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