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MSc International Social Welfare and Social Policy


Programme publié(e) par Anglia Ruskin University

Publié le : 31 oct. 2013

Description du programme

This one-year degree is aimed at all personnel who are involved in welfare or policy who wish to broaden their knowledge in different international contexts. You will compare and analyse policies in relation to such issues such as street children, deprived communities, criminal justice, migration and social welfare in areas of political conflict.

You will gain knowledge and skills relating to policy making, social science analysis, research, evaluation, leadership and strategies of change.

Core modules

This module considers the relationship between globalisation and social welfare and policy at a micro, mezzo and macro level. It considers how globalisation impacts on social welfare provision and policy planning in different countries and societal contexts, from a political, social, economic, technological and educational viewpoint. We will evaluate and critically analyse whether there are universal values and a universal knowledge base which can be relied upon to provide a response towards overcoming global problems, or whether they are, or need to be, culturally and locally specific. This module also looks at how individuals, social networks and organisations deal with providing support for those in greatest need and how this can be translated to work within an international arena from both a statutory and voluntary/non-governmental organisation perspective. Finally, we will consider the role of the social welfare and social policy worker within a globalised world, and critically debate universal standards of practice and transferable skills and adaptation.

Here, we will look at comparative issues concerning social policy and social welfare in the international context. Areas such as migration, poverty and social exclusion, youth work, street living and community work will be analysed across a variety of countries and regions. Within the context of specific case studies, you will apply the principles of comparative analysis and critically evaluate methodological issues which arise. Further emphasis will be placed on the critical evaluation of theoretical perspectives of international social welfare and social policy in the context of case studies. You will develop your own comparative analysis regarding issues of international social welfare and social policy, and enhance your skills in the theoretical and methodological evaluation of literature regarding comparative analysis.

This module will provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It will provide you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of enquiry and its relationship to practice. It will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.

Optional modules: Global Leadership;

, whether private, public or third sector, operate in a world facing a range of urgent global issues. This module examines the fitness of business and individuals to tackle such issues, based on the Global Leadership model developed by lecturers at our University. This model consists of four elements: effective decision making, adoption of a global approach, creation of a new business paradigm and a contemporary mission. Our module also considers the related concept of Mis-Leadership, which looks at how leaders have often failed to achieve the optimum outcomes for those they lead. Leaders predominantly create context and this module will explore the skills required to successfully mould and develop the context in a chaotic environment.

Collaborative Practice For Integrated Care;

Within social work, interprofessional work at the health and social care interface is gathering momentum evidenced by closer links being forged in terms of policy, practice and organisations. Social workers are currently building and sustaining purposeful relationships with people and organisations in community-based and interprofessional contexts taking lead roles in or contributing to integrated care and partnership working. Implementing this policy is often fraught with difficulties and Interprofessional working/partnerships require the development of skills and knowledge in order to build capacity for shared understanding and maintaining relationships or focus. Little attention is given to these skills in training or Continuing Professional Development (CPD); this module therefore seeks to address some of these most salient issues.

Essential Issues In Public Health Policy

Career areas associated with this programme include social work, social policy, community development and education.

Comment participer

Applicants should normally have a good first degree . Applicants should be working, or looking to pursue a career in areas such as social policy, social welfare or community development. They do not necessarily need a professional qualification for access to the course, but do need to meet the above criteria and demonstrate a strong interest in social welfare and social policy. Non-graduates may gain entry to the course by clearly demonstrating on their application that their qualifications and experience are equivalent to an Honors degree.