SOCY06043 2016 Social Care and Social Policy

General Details

Full Title
Social Care and Social Policy
Transcript Title
Social Care and Social Policy
100 %
Subject Area
SOCY - Society
SOCS - Social Sciences
06 - NFQ Level 6
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Martha Doyle, majella mulkeen
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_H08 201600 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care Practice SG_HSOCI_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice SG_WSOCI_H08 202100 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Sciences in Social Care Practice

Students will be introduced to some key concepts in social policy- the study of the social relations necessary for human 
wellbeing and the systems by which wellbeing may be promoted in our society. Wellbeing is about what we need to make life worth living: essential services, such as healthcare and education; jobs and money and vital things such as love and security. Provision of these things is undertaken by a host of different agencies: by government and official bodies; through businesses, social groups, charities, local associations, and churches; through neighbours, families and loved ones. This module aims to introduce social care students to the centrality of the social policy process, i.e the principles, and actions which shape how the state defines wellbeing, who should be responsible for the wellbeing and how should it be delivered.

This module maps to the CORU Standards of Proficiency below:

Domain 1: Professional Autonomy and Accountability

Domain 2: Communication, Collaborative Practice and Teamworking

Domain 5: Professional Knowledge and Skills

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Describe the subject matter of social policy and its relevance to social care practice (Domain 1.9, 2.6, 5.2, 5.15).



Assess the historical development of social policy in Ireland in terms of its impact on the Irish Welfare state (Domain 1. 9, 2.6, 5.2, 5.14, 5.15).


Assess the impact of economic development, the Catholic church, and other political interests on social policy development in Ireland (Domain 1.9, 2.6, 5.2, 5.15).


Outline key concepts in social policy, including individualism, social risk, keynesian economics, universalism, collectivism, citizenship, welfare state, privatisation, new public management as central to understanding social policy (Domain 1.9, 2.6, 5.2, 5.14, 5.15).


Be familiar with the contemporary context of ideological debate with particular reference to feminism and globalisation (Domain 1.9, 2.6, 5.2, 5.14, 5.15).

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Teaching will be delivered in a 1 x 2-hour lecture format each week accompanied by a1 hour tutorial discussion and case study period with guided learning programmes to ensure core concepts are applied in a social care context.

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment in this module will ensure learners have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of core concepts and how these are applied in social care contexts. The assessment strategy seeks to (i)apply core concepts in a policy and practice context relevant to social care and (ii)to demonstrate in-depth understanding in 1-2 areas of social policy in terms of social services and social groups. As such they will be required to develop a case study for presentation in class and compile a research report related to a field of social care


This modules assessment allows for assessment of CORU Standards of Proficiency as follows:

Case study presentation and discussion 60% Learning Outcomes 3,4,5 (Domain 1.9, 2.6, 5.2, 5.14, 5.15)

Research Report 40% Learning Outcomes 1 and 2 (Domain 1.9, 2.6, 5.2, 5.14, 5.15)

Repeat Assessments

A 500 word Research Report.

Indicative Syllabus

Introduction to social policy and its relevance to social care

Historical development of social policy in Ireland with reference to the roots of social policy pre- 19th century, the Poor Law, its application in Ireland and the impact of the Famine, growth of the roman catholic church as provider of social services, the development of school, hospitals, children's charter, and cash payments such as pensions, national insurance. Assess the importance of these on later development of the Irish welfare state

Recent influences in social policy: the women's movement, the EU, equality concerns, poverty, economic crises, the politics of social partnership and deepening dualisms in Irish social policy into the 21st century

Core concepts: worlds of welfare- characteristics of welfare states and Irelands location; social risk, individualism, welfare capitalism, selectivism, universalism, citizenship, equality, corporatism, globalisation.

Introduction to social policy in social service provision: social welfare, health, education, and housing policy.

Categorisation and inclusion framework of social rights: social policy and children, disabled people, carers.

Issues of diversity and discrimination: social policy and Travellers, Immigrants and the LGBT community.


Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Research Report Project Written Report 40 % Week 5 1,2

End of Semester / Year Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Case study presentation and in-class discussion Final Exam Group Project 60 % Week 10 3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre Learning 2 Weekly 2.00
Tutorial Flat Classroom Tutorial Learning 1 Weekly 1.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 3.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2009 Irish Social Policy: A critical Gill and Macmillan

Core social policy textbook

Recommended Reading
2006 Social Policy in Ireland: Principles, Practice :-:- Problems Liffey Press

Recommended Reading
2007 Young People in Contemporary Ireland, Gill and Macmillan

Recommended Reading
2015 Social Progress In Ireland Social Justice Ireland

Recommended Reading
2015 Living Wage 2015 Social Justice Ireland

Recommended Reading
2016 Children and Food Insecurity a crisis for Irelands future TASC

Recommended Reading
2015 November Budget 2016 Equality Analysis TASC

Recommended Reading
2015 Cherishing All Equally TASC

Recommended Reading
2015 CRA Annual Report Card 2014 CRA

Recommended Reading
2014 Mapping the National Disability Policy School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin

Module Resources

URL Resources

Social Justice Ireland at justice

TASC Think Tank for Progressive Soical Change at

Childresn Rights Alliance at

National Disability Authority at