POLI08005 2016 Social Policy and Social Justice
|The aim of this module is to consider social and economic justice in Ireland. The impact of economic cycles, globalization, managerialism, regulation and governance will be explored. The policy challenges of homelessness, accommodation standards in refugee care, standards and supervision in lifespan alternative care, childcare, employment, health, and social protection will be examined with a view to realizing sustainability, equality, justice, and fairness. This will enable the student to be knowledgeable in the management of services, in social policy formulation, in political participation and as advocates for social justice|
This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:
Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Map Irish prosperity and austerity economic cycles in the 21st century
Critique social care and childhood policy development in the same era as learning outcome 1 (Domain 5.14)
Trace the influence of social, political and economic ideology on social service provision
Critique Irish social policy from a social justice perspective (Domain 5.2)
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Lecture and seminar format.
Module Assessment Strategies
Individual assignment with opportunities for in-depth analysis of each learning outcome using problem-based learning.
This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:
Individual assignment: Domain (5.2, 5.14)
Repeat assignment above
Irish prosperity and austerity economic cycles in the 21st century and parallel social care and childhood policy development in this era
Social, political and economic ideology and social justice
Employment, taxation and social protection
Intergenerational justice, family, community and the environment
Public sector reform and managerialism
Regulation, standards and governance in public and social policy
Homelessness, accommodation standards in refugee care, standards and supervision in lifespan alternative care, childcare, employment, health and social protection
Health Information and Quality Authority and quality, safety and accountability in residential
care for children, older people and people with disabilities
Debt and the aftermath
Voluntary, statutory and private service provision
Professional development, redistribution of power and social transformation
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Individual assignment||Continuous Assessment||Individual Project||100 %||OnGoing||1,2,3,4|
Full Time Mode Workload
|Problem Based Learning||Flat Classroom||Seminar||1||Weekly||1.00|
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