Core Module Information
Module title: Social Policy and Landscapes of Contemporary Issues

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SSC11118
Module leader: Roberto Kulpa
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

Description of module content:

In this module, while building foundational capacity for effective policy analysis, you will grapple with the key theories and debates in the critical social policy field, including for example, social inequalities and participation. We will focus on the constructed nature of social policies vis-à-vis forms of contestations and resistance, and key terms of rights and obligations, needs and capabilities, retribution and distribution, care and solidarity.

While critically looking at the understanding of contemporary issues, you will be advancing your understanding of key research problems pertinent to your dissertation project. We have particular expertise, but are not limited to, the following social issues: migrations; ethnicity, hegemonic whiteness and racialization; bodies through the lenses of (dis)ability, gender(ing) and sexuality; organizations, institutions, and civil society; social mobilites and education; class, social stratification and intersectionality; trans-nationalism and globalizations through the post- and de-colonial perspectives. Having nurtured your theoretical capacity, we will proceed to real-life examples, and introduce you to the selected models of policy analysis. Our goal is to ensure that theories blend with applied strategies, and work as competence catalysts for your research project.

Learning Outcomes for module:

On completion of this module, you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced knowledge of the contemporary issues in the broadly defined field of social justice.
2. Critically appraise the role and forms of ‘power’ in the social governance of individuals, groups, and institutions.
3. Show complex understanding of the conceptual, theoretical and empirical aspects of social policy analysis.
4. Use and deploy selected models of policy analysis within given parameters.

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 1, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Roberto Kulpa
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Teaching and learning on this module develops across several modalities and channels of delivery:
• through the regular weekly workshops, scheduled guest sessions, periodic programme-exclusive events,
• delivered on campus, online, through fieldwork and external visits (conditions permitting),
• enhanced through individual, personalised tutoring and mentorship activities,
• regularly revised via formative feedback, self-evaluation exercises, and diverse assessment strategies enhancing and mobilising further learning.

We will make use of weekly 3h timeslots to deliver workshops that are creatively tailored to the applied and participatory nature of this module, responding to the group needs and (possibly diverse) level of research experience among students. Each workshop will have tutor’s and students’ input delivered in various formats, for instance: pre-recorded lecture or a mix of pre-recorded and in-class shorter presentations; student presentations; pair and small group discussions, all-class forum debates; problem-solving practical tasks and activities; computer lab work; 1-on-1 student-tutor time, peer-learning exercises. We will also use blended learning technologies in response to your needs, and diverse and applied nature of learned and practised content. We envisage making use of pre-recorded lectures; live, online meetings using WebEx, interactive VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) technologies such as Moodle quizzes, peer review and feedback workshops, online annotation and commentary tools on e-book platforms (Kortext or similar). Enriching the regular in-class activities hosted on campus, we will hold meetings and activities outdoors, in museums and galleries, organise fieldwork days and research visits to the partner organisations and businesses (where and if appropriate, and conditions permitting).

In particular:
1. Lectures and in-class discussions will help you with advancing knowledge of the contemporary issues (LO1), critically reflecting on ‘power’ (LO2), and with understanding conceptual complexities of social policy work (LO3).
2. Practical tasks and small group exercises during workshops will stimulate your imagination and creativity, boosting your skillset to deploy analytical models (LO4).
3. Guided self-study and individual scholarship time that you dedicate to learning on this module will form a core of your learning, supporting your achievement of module’s aims and objectives (LO1,2,3,4).

Formative Assessment:
You will work with concrete examples of policy documents and in workshops will prepare a strategy and a framework for the analysis of these. Formative feedback will consist of two elements. (1) Presentations of analyses in the classroom, receiving tutors’ feedback that directly feeds into the summative task. (2) Peer feedback, as an effective learning motivator that help you with the summative assessment and builds personal confidence and transferable skills of cooperation. This module’s formative assessment also enhances cross-programme LOs by introducing skills (peer assessment, presentations) that you will use later in the programme (Dissertation Project, Business of Research), consistently building cross-module feedback structure on our programme.

Summative Assessment:
Your assessment will consist of two components (100% weight of the final mark):
• 60% - Essay – an essay. (Assessed LOs: 1,2) (indicative word length: 2000-3000).
• 40% - Analysis Report – an example of a critical analysis based on a chosen policy document. (Assessed LOs: 3,4) (indicative word length: 1,500-2000).
Format for both will be specified by and agreed with the ML. Please note the final length for both elements will be determined by the choice of analytical method, data, and the topic.

You will write an essay and a report encapsulating learned knowledge and skills to evidence your advanced understanding and skills in policy analysis. The essay will show your advanced knowledge of the contemporary issues (LO1), and your critical appraisal of ‘power’ as the governing social force (LO2). The Analysis Report will evidence your advanced understanding of principles guiding policy analysis (LO3), while showcasing your practical skills in analysis (LO4).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 36
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 24
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 3,4 10 , WORDS= 2000
Essay 60 1,2 14/15 , WORDS= 3000
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

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