SPOL28150 Global Social Policy

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces students to global social policy, by exploring research and current debates about globalisation and its impact on social policy in the world. The module will discuss in what way globalisation influences lives of individuals, communities, countries and regions. It will also examine how various actors within multilevel governance structures (governments, citizens, businesses, third-sector organisations, supranational and international organisations and advocacy groups) are addressing social and public issues (e.g. climate change, welfare state reforms and public diplomacy). Studying the literature on these topics, students will develop their analytical skills and acquire knowledge of comparative methods.

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Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of globalisation, social policy, welfare state and international relations in the social science literature;
2. Grasp the dynamics among main actors to affect global social policy: states, businesses, non-governmental and supra-national organisations, citizens, and non-state organised political actors; and
3. Demonstrate understanding of the key concepts in comparative social policy analysis.

Indicative Module Content:

The themes include: globalisation, welfare states in crisis, multi-level governance & global diplomacy, the European Union, climate change, global health and the Asian Century. A syllabus with the list of reading will be circulated prior to the module.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours




Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module is given primarily in lecture format, with occasional interactive group discussions. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Write an essay of max. 1,500 words Week 12 n/a Graded No


Portfolio: Select ONE social policy area, which the student is interested in, and bring a piece of recent news, and present it to the class every three weeks. A final portfolio will be submitted in Week 12. Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

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