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This module provides an overview of the development of social security from the turn of the 20th century to the present day. The module assesses the impact of contemporary social security policies in tackling poverty and the social exclusion of particular social groups. Social security policies are formulated within the precepts of prevailing political philosophies. Accordingly, social security has been greatly affected by changes in political and social policies throughout the twentieth century, and more recently by legislation implemented by the New Right, New Labour and Coalition governments. The meanings and significance of these changes are explored, and the roles and responsibilities of the state, the market and the individual are scrutinized.
This module aims to introduce students to contemporary social policies affecting disabled people. It explores how those impacts have been felt, in the lives of disabled people ¿ and also how they reflect prevailing political ideas. It looks at the impacts of human rights and anti-discrimination legislation, and at the ongoing struggles to identify and address the specific challenges faced by disabled people. The module discusses medical and social models of disability, and the significance of the Disability Movement.
This module analyses the key values and principles underpinning social policies in Western democracies. The module discusses the social construction of social problems and theoretical accounts of power and hegemony. It critically examines the contributions of the work of influential contemporary theorists with respect to the concepts of justice, rights, needs, liberty, equality, diversity and citizenship. The module also considers the role of these concepts in shaping the contours of social policy and the relationship between the individual and the state.
This module provides a critical analysis of the citizenship and participation of older people. It covers contemporary debates about human rights, social justice, equality, inclusion and discrimination in relation to older people. It also explores competing discourses around service user involvement and ways of ensuring that the diverse voices of older people are heard at all levels of policy and decision making in practice.
This module considers the place of contemporary social work within historical and comparative perspectives both in Wales, the U.K. and internationally. It also examines the issues and trends in modern public, social and political philosophies and the influence they have on practice and service delivery. It considers the relationship between the Welsh Assembly Government, agency policies in Wales, legal and regulatory requirements and professional boundaries in shaping the nature of the services provided and particularly those in inter-disciplinary contexts. Attention will also be paid to the inter-relationships with other social services in Wales and particularly education, housing, health, income maintenance and criminal justice when provided on a partnership basis. It introduces the student to the current range and appropriateness of statutory, voluntary and private agencies providing community-based day-care, residential and other services. This will be achieved within a thorough examination of the particular issues facing service-using citizens in contemporary Wales.
The module examines key issues in research on social work and social care by presenting a series of case studies illustrating various research methods applied in these areas.