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SCWK6949: Global Social Policy

There is a well-established scholarship and governmental interest in both the impact of globalisation on social policy and the emergence of what is increasingly termed 'global social policy' which is a direct response to global social problems. It is a field that is growing in the areas of social policy and social work research and practice and can be clearly linked to increased employment opportunities for social workers and social policy graduates in the international/global arena. A key perspective of this unit of study is from non-government organisations' participation in the development of a global civil society and their contribution to global social policy. It also examines the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and how NGOs have contributed to both the ambitions of the goals as well as the outcomes for different countries. This unit provides opportunities for students to deepen their understanding and knowledge of core global concerns such as poverty, health, education, environment, NGO corporate engagement and gender equality and make links to the vital role of NGOs in these areas.

Code SCWK6949
Academic unit Social Work
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand and be aware of global social policy
  • LO2. grasp theoretical approaches to globalisation and its impact on human welfare
  • LO3. critically appreciate the need for a global response to key transnational social issues
  • LO4. understand the role of NGOs in the global arena
  • LO5. be familiar with the relevant literature
  • LO6. understand key influences of economics on human welfare
  • LO7. understand the ideas around global social policy and its relevance in the contemporary context
  • LO8. identify and describe the diversity of social policy issues that require a global social policy response
  • LO9. recognise and understand the importance of NGOs in responses to key global social policy issues and their impact on global social policy
  • LO10. complete a major research exercise on global social policy.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.