20 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: This module examines welfare state support and services for children, parents and families, informed by sociological and social policy theories, concepts and research. Adopting a comparative approach, the module critically reviews different approaches to, and configurations of, welfare state support and services for children, parents and families across the UK and Western/Northern European welfare states. Four policy and provision domains are examined, namely cash support for children and families; childcare and early years services; parental leave and work-family balance policies; and child welfare and family support services.

Restrictions on availability: Students need to have sat any sociology or social policy - SCS module.

Teaching Methods: Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Sociological Studies):

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Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK