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Master 2018/2019

Social Policy: Foundations and Implementation

Type: Elective course (Population and Development)
Area of studies: Public Administration
Delivered by: Department of Demography
When: 1 year, 3, 4 module
Mode of studies: Full time
Master’s programme: Population and Development
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is aimed to introduce students to the theory and practice of social policy in economically developed and developing countries including Russia and other BRICS countries. This course will offer an examination of social welfare policy issues (such as poverty, need, homelessness, citizenship, globalization, social justice, oppression, exclusion, discrimination, empowerment, gender, domestic violence, child welfare, aging, disability and mental illness) and the significance of social, economic, and political factors that influence policymaking and implementation.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course «Social policy: foundations and implementation» is aimed at preparing students for independent research activities. Main topics of the course include the origin of social policy; key concepts and definitions of social policy; major ideologies and concepts; principal directions of social policy, social protection and social insurance; social and economic consequences of aging, social policy under the conditions of aging, pensions and pension reforms; the role of international organizations in social policy; current system of social policy (strengths and weak-nesses, ways to reform). This course introduces students to the theory and practice of social policy in economically developed and developing countries including Russia and other BRICS countries. This course will offer an examination of social welfare policy issues (such as poverty, need, homelessness, citizenship, globalization, social justice, oppression, exclusion, discrimination, empowerment, gen-der, domestic violence, child welfare, aging, disability and mental illness) and the significance of social, economic, and political factors that influence policymaking and implementation. The course considers agency policies, local ordinances, state and federal legislation, and global treaties – policies at all levels of national and international interest.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrates knowledge in the field of social policy, poverty and inequality, owns the basic terminology of social policy and social care.
  • Looks for and analyzes the academic literature on a selected topic.
  • Uses special sources of information: legislative databases, statistical databases, websites of Russian and international organizations (Rosstat, OECD, World Bank, UN, Eurostat, etc.).
  • Processes data of population surveys using one of common statistical packages and interprets the results, works with incomplete and missing data.
  • Chooses research area, collects necessary information, relates theoretical concepts to actual statistical and legislative information, analyzes dynamics of various indices, critically assesses results of policies and interventions.
  • Reads and analyzes the academic literature on a selected topic in English.
  • Uses special sources of information: statistical databases, websites of Russian and international organizations (Rosstat, OECD, World Bank, UN, Eurostat, etc.).
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • The nature of social policy as an academic discipline within the social sciences.
    Main definitions. Social policy – historical evidence. Main theories under the social policy.
  • Social norms (on-line Coursera)
    Social norms (Intermediate) Social norms (Advanced)
  • Labour economics and social policy
    Introduction to labor economics and social policy. Labor demand, labor supply, equilibrium. Wage structure and inequality. Human capital. Discrimination and gender policy. Labor market in Russia. Welfare programs and labor supply. Welfare programs and labor supply. Active labor market programs.
  • Social innovations in Non-government organizations
    Non-government organizations. Social innovations, social entrepreneurship, non-profits and corporate social responsibility: relationships and social impact social innovation conceptualization best practices of social innovations in various spheres (health, education, unemployment, social services, etc.) governmental support for social innovations in Europe. Enabling environment for social innovation development: political, societal, institutional and resource frameworks. Contextualization of enabling frame-works for Russia. Social innovation measurement vs. general innovation measurement. What is measured?
  • Welfare state concept and poverty reduction
    Concept of welfare state. Types of welfare regimes. Universal and selective social support systems. The models of social policy: approaches of the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Bank (WB). Key strengths and weaknesses in the current social welfare system and social work services Definitions of social welfare. Social welfare and other disciplines. Definitions of social work and social worker. Social welfare system and the economy. Social justice and social change.
  • Population policy
    Demographic trends and their impact on social policy. The challenges to social policy in aging society. Pension systems and pension reforms in OECD countries. Migration policy in OECD countries.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Задания с Coursera
  • non-blocking Домашнее задание
  • non-blocking Активность
  • non-blocking Экзамен
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.1 * Активность + 0.25 * Домашнее задание + 0.3 * Задания с Coursera + 0.35 * Экзамен
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Kennett, P., & Lendvai-Bainton, N. (2017). Handbook of European Social Policy. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1577575
  • Lindsay, C., Greve, B., Cabras, I., Ellison, N., & Kellett, S. (2015). Introduction: New Perspectives on Health, Disability, Welfare and the Labour Market. Social Policy & Administration, 49(2), 139–142. https://doi.org/10.1111/spol.12115
  • Lindsay, C., Greve, B., Cabras, I., Ellison, N., & Kellett, S. (2015). New Perspectives on Health, Disability, Welfare and the Labour Market. Chichester, UK: Wiley-Blackwell. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1055199
  • Martinelli, F., Anttonen, A. A., & Matzke, M. (2017). Social Services Disrupted : Changes, Challenges and Policy Implications for Europe in Times of Austerity. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1638828
  • Navarro, V., & Muntaner, C. (2016). The Financial and Economic Crises and Their Impact on Health and Social Well-Being. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1432425
  • Westley, F., McGowan, K., & Tjörnbo, O. (2017). The Evolution of Social Innovation : Building Resilience Through Transitions. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1663215

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Cooper, A., & Lousada, J. (2005). Borderline Welfare : Feeling and Fear of Feeling in Modern Welfare. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=392587