Taught by researchers with international reputations in their respective fields, this course explores social problems and welfare issues with social theories and research methods.
Social policy deals with interventions, or the ways in which people deliberately try to bring about social change. These interventions often try to solve wicked problems - so called because they have complex interdependencies and are resistant to resolution. Trying to solve one problem can often give rise to others. Examples are areas such as climate change, inequalities, pandemic planning, social justice and welfare.
Social policies do not always succeed: they can be a tool for the promotion of social justice but equally they may exacerbate social problems and sometimes even cause them meaning that questions about how we judge those policies are ultimately matters for political and moral debate. Social policy is thus a fascinating and dynamic area of interdisciplinary study which draws on the insights of a range of social and political sciences.
This course will enable you to understand the causes of social problems, both globally and nationally, and what can be done about them. It brings sociological analysis to bear on the complex social problems that social policy concerns itself with and upon other issues that fundamentally affect the welfare of society and individuals.