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Analyse the origins and development of UK welfare provision highlighting significant historical and contemporary landmarks in social welfare provision.

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Module Title: Contemporary Welfare and Social Policy

Module Code: 326HSC

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The aim of this module is to introduce social policy and its application in the UK, as well as making comparisons between UK welfare services and the rest of the world. It investigates the origins of social policies in the UK and their development as well as delivery mechanisms in contemporary society and the impact that policy has on service users. The many factors that influence social policy, including conceptual, political, and other agents of social change will be explored. Tracing developments primarily from 1945 to the present, students will compare and contrast major competing perspectives and examine key contemporary issues for policy makers, welfare recipients, providers and stakeholders.  Students will develop an understanding of sources of state welfare services and other diverse sources such as the market, family and voluntary sector.

Completion of this assignment will address the following learning outcomes:


Analyse the origins and development of UK welfare provision highlighting significant historical and contemporary landmarks in social welfare provision.


Evaluate the impact of social policy on various communities and/or social groups in the UK.


Compare and contrast major ideological perspectives relating to the operation of social policy.


Critically analyse key contemporary issues for policy makers, welfare recipients, providers or stakeholders.

Task: Individual essay on social policy (4000 words)

Choose and answer 1 of the essay questions from below

  • Retrenchment has had a major impact on social care in the UK – Critically evaluate this statement


  • Housing reforms have disadvantaged the most deprived – critically discuss this statement

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