Social Policy Undergraduate and Postgraduate course brochure 2020-21 - Social Policy - LSE

 
Social Policy Undergraduate and Postgraduate course brochure 2020-21 - Social Policy - LSE
Social Policy

Social Policy
Undergraduate and Postgraduate
course brochure 2020-21
Welcome
This guide is designed to provide you with information to assist you in         You can find the online course guides and confirmation of your
your course selections. It will provide you with additional information as to   programme regulations using the School Calendar:
the content of optional courses, along with details of assessment               lse.ac.uk/resources/calendar
methods and teaching terms.
                                                                                Details of teaching terms can be found using the online timetable, which
This information is intended as a guide only, is not exhaustive and is          is updated for the next academic year during the preceding summer:
subject to change. The School’s online course guides should be consulted        info.lse.ac.uk/current-students/timetables
for the most up to date information.

The number of courses required to be taken as a part of your programme
and the number of options you have available to you to choose at your
discretion are detailed in your relevant programme regulations.

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Undergraduate courses
 COURSE     COURSE TITLE                                                                 UNIT       TEACHING        PAGE
 CODE                                                                                               TERM
 SP100      Understanding International Social and Public Policy                         1 unit     MT/LT           4
 SP101      Foundations of Social Policy Research                                        1 unit     MT/LT           4
 SP110      Sociology and Social Policy                                                  1 unit     MT/LT           5
 SP111      Social Economics and Policy                                                  1 unit     MT/LT           5
 SP112      Politics of Social Policy Making                                             1 unit     MT/LT           6
 SP200      Comparative and International Social Policy                                  1 unit     MT/LT           7
 SP201      Research Methods for Social Policy                                           1 unit     MT/LT           7
 SP230      Education Policy                                                             1 unit     MT/LT           8
 SP232      Health and Social Care Policy                                                1 unit     MT/LT           8
 SP335      Migration: Current Research, Critical Approaches                             0.5 unit   MT              9
 SP374      Riots, Disorder and Urban Violence                                           0.5 unit   LT              9
 Undergraduate Academic and Professional Skills Development Programme                    0 unit     MT/LT           10

 KEY
 COURSE VALUE                   TEACHING TERM
 ■ 0 unit ■ 0.5 unit ■ 1 unit ■ Michaelmas Term (MT) ■ Lent Term (LT) ■ Both Michaelmas and Lent (MT/LT)

Undergraduate course convenors, see p26

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     Course Code SP100                                                        Course Code SP101
     Course Title U
                   nderstanding International Social                         Course Title Foundations of Social Policy Research
                  and Public Policy                                           Value 1 Unit Teaching Term MT/LT
     Value 1 Unit Teaching Term MT/LT                                         Assessment Method Essay, Blog Post and In-Class quizzes
     Assessment Method Essay and Take Home Assessment
                                                                              This course is concerned with two questions that are essential
     The course introduces students to the study and practice of              to the study of social and public policy. First, how do we know
     international social and public policy. It considers how societies       what policies are needed, how they are experienced and whether
     organise to address social needs, with reference to academic             they are effective? And second, how is this knowledge used: how
     and policy debates across the so-called global North and South.          (if at all) does it feed into the policy process and improve policies
     In the first half of the course (Michaelmas Term), we consider           and outcomes?
     key concepts and approaches relating to systems to address
                                                                              SP101 aims to equip students to become informed consumers of
     social needs. We examine the institutions and actors involved
                                                                              research, able to read and evaluate research outputs that use a
     in those systems in different contexts, including the roles and
                                                                              range of approaches to address questions in social and public
     relationships of the market, state, civil society and families. In the
                                                                              policy. Students will be encouraged to think critically about the way
     second half (Lent Term), we examine the interactions between
                                                                              that knowledge is constructed, about the nature of expertise, and
     inequalities and systems for addressing social needs, including
                                                                              about the influence of values and positionality on knowledge
     the agency of people in those processes.
                                                                              production. They will learn to assess the validity of claims made on
                                                                              the basis of research studies that use a variety of methods. The
                                                                              course will also explore the way evidence is used in policy making
                                                                              and in public discourse.

                                                                              The course provides the foundations for students to become active
                                                                              researchers themselves in later stages of the BSc ISPP degrees,
                                                                              preparing them for the second year research methods course and
                                                                              for their third year dissertation.

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Course Code SP110                                                       Course Code SP111
Course Title Sociology and Social Policy                                Course Title Social Economics and Policy
Value 1 Unit Teaching Term MT/LT                                        Value 1 Unit Teaching Term MT/LT
Assessment Method Exam and Essay                                        Assessment Method Take Home Assessment

Why are women paid less than men? Does the neighbourhood                This course provides an introduction to the economics of social
where you live matter for your life chances? Do we live in a            policy. It analyses markets and their organisation – the roles of
meritocracy? Is it more important who you know or what you              different institutions (private firms, non-profits, governments, and
know? How are ethnic inequalities perpetuated? This course takes        families and individuals) in financing and providing the goods and
such questions that are central to our understanding of the world       services that contribute to our well-being (“microeconomics”) – and
and how fair or unequal it is, and explores the sociological theories   also the economy in aggregate (“macroeconomics”). We discuss
and research that have attempted to provide answers to them.            real-world applications and consider the strengths and weaknesses
                                                                        of using the approach of economics to analyse them. The course
We look at both classical and contemporary theoretical
                                                                        mostly draws on evidence about rich countries, but the principles
perspectives and concepts such as those relating to class and
                                                                        and analytical approaches can be applied more widely. The course
status, structure versus agency, gender and the division of labour,
                                                                        considers whether specific national experiences are internationally
socialisation and intergenerational transmission, identity and
                                                                        generalizable, including to low- or middle-income countries, though
belonging, urbanisation, discrimination, and social capital, and
                                                                        these countries are not the focus.
debate how well they are supported by current evidence.
                                                                                                                                (continued)
The course provides ways of thinking about the social processes
(such as class or discrimination) underlying major social policy
concerns such as: inequalities in labour markets and education;
social segregation; housing and neighbourhood deprivation;
ethnic and racial inequalities; families and care, that will be the
subject of courses in subsequent years.

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     Course Code SP111 (continued)                                        Course Code SP112
                                                                          Course Title Politics of Social Policy Making
     In the Michaelmas Term, we start with the basics of the economics
                                                                          Value 1 Unit Teaching Term MT/LT
     approach. Then we take a “life course” approach to topics: we
                                                                          Assessment Method Coursework, Presentation
     examine childcare and education through to old age, pensions and
     social care taking in housing and health along the way. We also      and Presentation Report
     look at the long-run challenges from countering climate change. In
     the Lent Term, we consider the distribution of household income      The course introduces students to the way in which social and public
     and then look at different factors contributing to it, such as       policies are developed. It aims to provide tools to understand how
     unemployment, earnings from the labour market, social security,      policies are produced through political disagreement and negotiations
     and taxation. We finish by considering the shape of the welfare      and how policies reflect different needs and problems voiced by
     state overall and related spending and financing issues.             groups in societies. It focuses on the ways in which policy processes
                                                                          and decision making can be analysed. The course focuses on
     The course is taught without mathematics and is designed to be       different models that are used in the analyses of policy processes in
     suitable both for students with no prior knowledge of economics      different international contexts. Furthermore, it links different analytical
     and for those who have taken A level economics.                      approaches to policy processes with political considerations of how
                                                                          political problems are framed and how policy goals are established.
                                                                          The course looks at these issues from the perspective of different
                                                                          actors and the ways in which different actors interact with each other
                                                                          within policy processes. The course brings together critical analytical
                                                                          frameworks for policy processes with empirical problems (cases).
                                                                          The course enables students to understand that policy processes
                                                                          are both about understanding society and shaping it. Furthermore, it
                                                                          introduces students to the various policy actors, including international
                                                                          actors and how these actors work together within socio-political and
                                                                          economic constraints. It also highlights the importance of identifying
                                                                          and understanding the different value positions and the associated
                                                                          negotiations that underwrite policy processes.

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Course Code SP200                                                  Course Code SP201
Course Title Comparative and International Social Policy           Course Title Research Methods for Social Policy
Value 1 Unit Teaching Term MT/LT                                   Value 1 Unit Teaching Term MT/LT
Assessment Method Take Home Assessment                             Assessment Method Essay

The course introduces the comparative method in social policy      This course develops student knowledge of research methods by
research as well as the main analytical approaches to              guiding them through a project involving the collection, analysis,
understanding social policy developments. It provides an           and presentation of both quantitative and qualitative data.
overview of social policies in different areas of the world and
                                                                   By the end of the course students should:
enables students to identify global pressures on national policy
environments. The course also examines the impact of key           • Be familiar with the stages of the research process and different
international and supranational institutions on social policy-        approaches to social policy research.
making. It investigates the welfare and work nexus from a
comparative perspective.                                           • Appraise different methods and their appropriateness to
                                                                      particular questions.
Comprising of four components, the course will cover Cross-
national methods and theories for investigating welfare states;    • Be able to conduct and clearly present the results of basic
Social policies in developed and developing economies;                analyses of quantitative and qualitative data.
Comparative perspectives on welfare and work and International     • Be able to critically assess research studies and their use
and supranational social policies.                                    of methods.
This course will draw upon teaching from the core first year       • Understand the ethical issues involved in conducting research.
course SP100.
                                                                   This course draws upon teaching from the core first year research
                                                                   methods course (SP101).

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     Course Code SP230                                                       Course Code SP232
     Course Title Education Policy                                           Course Title Health and Social Care Policy
     Value 1 Unit Teaching Term MT/LT                                        Value 1 Unit Teaching Term MT/LT
     Assessment Method Take Home Assessment                                  Assessment Method Take Home Assessment

     This course provides an introduction to the main issues in              The course equips students with the concepts, tools and
     educational policy. It draws on interdisciplinary research literature   knowledge to understand the challenges of health and social
     and has a comparative and international focus. The course aims to       care policy in the 21st century, in the differing contexts of the UK
     show how major concepts used in social policy can be applied to         and other rich countries, and in low- and middle-income countries.
     the study of education, for example, equality of opportunity, equity    In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, this feels more
     and the distribution of resources.                                      important than ever.

     Issues to be addressed include: policy goals of education;              In the first term, we consider the fundamental aims of health
     historical development of education and the role of the state in        and social care policy, including health and well-being, health
     provision and funding; the impact of social characteristics on          inequalities, health promotion, and health as a human right. We
     educational outcomes (class, gender, ethnicity and race);               then examine policy approaches and healthcare regimes across
     education of children with special educational needs and                different country contexts, including the strengths and weaknesses
     disabilities; financing education; private schooling; privatisation     of different models of healthcare financing, public and private.
     and the changing role of the state; early years education;
                                                                             In the second term, we move on to think about how to bring about
     school-based education; post-compulsory education including
                                                                             change – both change in people’s behaviour through regulation,
     higher education; education systems in comparative perspective
                                                                             “nudge” and incentives, and change in health and social care
     and education regimes, decentralisation and devolution. Not all of
                                                                             systems, including an examination of the role played by global
     these issues are covered as separate weekly topics.
                                                                             pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, and the potential for
     The method of teaching on this course makes it more suitable for        reform. We investigate the role that evaluations of health and social
     third year students. This is a particularly popular course. You are     care play in shaping policy change. Finally, we turn to specific
     advised to apply early.                                                 groups and needs, including the challenges and potential of ageing,
                                                                             long-term care, mental health policy, child protection and health.

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Course Code SP335                                                    Course Code SP374
Course Title Migration: Current research, critical approaches        Course Title: Riots, Disorder and Urban Violence
Value 0.5 Unit Teaching Term MT                                      Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT
Assessment Method Essay                                              Assessment Method Essay

This interdisciplinary course addresses contemporary global          This course focuses on urban or collective violence, or what more
migration issues with reference to both developing and developed     colloquially tend to be referred to as “riots”. From Hong Kong
country contexts and to different patterns and forms of migration.   and Santiago to the Gilets Jaunes in Paris and the uprisings in
The course examines the relationship between migration and           America after the death of George Floyd, this is a subject of great
social and public policies, including the implications for how       contemporary relevance. The course will consider the various
migrants and migration are conceptualised, for inequalities in the   approaches that have been taken to this subject – via history,
movement of people, for welfare systems, and for the impacts         psychology and sociology – and, focusing on particular examples,
of migration in countries of origin and destination. It draws on     will examine some of the core issues in the field including:
current approaches to researching migration, and considers the       the causes and consequences of riots; psychological versus
implications of those approaches.                                    sociological explanations; the role of race/ethnicity; the impact of
                                                                     traditional and new social media on the nature and organisation
This interdisciplinary course addresses contemporary global
                                                                     of rioting; the role and changing nature of the policing of urban
migration issues with reference to both developing and developed
                                                                     disorder; and how riots might be understood both historically
country contexts and to different patterns and forms of migration.
                                                                     and comparatively.
The course examines the relationship between migration and
social and public policies, including the implications for how       Assessment for this undergraduate course is via a research-
migrants and migration are conceptualised, for inequalities in the   based essay. Each year students will be asked to focus on a
movement of people, for welfare systems, and for the impacts         single aspect – chosen from a range of six or seven – of a
of migration in countries of origin and destination. It draws on     selected riot. In 2020/2021 the focus will be on the 1992 “Rodney
current approaches to researching migration, and considers the       King” riots in Los Angeles.
implications of those approaches.
                                                                     This course is available to third year students only.
This course is available to third year undergraduates only.

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     Undergraduate Academic and Professional Skills                        Summer Internship Fund Scheme
     Development Programme
                                                                           The Social Policy Internship Fund Scheme provides first and
                                                                           second year students with the opportunity to gain valuable
     The Academic and Professional Skills Development Programme
                                                                           work experience, learn new skills, enhance their employability,
     is made up of a series of workshops, events and activities
                                                                           and develop their professional network. Funding (based on the
     designed to support our students with their academic studies
                                                                           London Living Wage) is currently provided for a limited number of
     and professional futures. The programme encourages students
                                                                           internships within a UK registered charity or small to medium sized
     to connect what they learn during their time at LSE with the
                                                                           enterprise (SME) each year. This enables students to apply for
     opportunities and requirements of the professional world.
                                                                           funding for internships that would otherwise be unpaid. Internships
     Workshops and Networking Events                                       must be for 140 hours and take place between June and August.
                                                                           Students source the internships themselves with support from
     Academic skills workshops provide first year students with study      LSE Careers. Further information on the scheme and application
     skills training (eg, in notetaking, reading and writing) to support   process is sent to students in the Lent Term.
     them at the start of their academic careers and help them get the
     most out of their courses and programme. These sessions are           Alumni Mentoring Scheme
     compulsory and timetabled under SP100.
                                                                           The Alumni Mentoring Scheme gives second and third year
     Professional skills workshops introduce students in all years to      students an opportunity to apply to be matched with a mentor
     the skills needed to support them to plan successfully for their      to support them with the transition from university to the world
     future careers and thrive after they leave LSE. These are non-        of work/further education. Having a mentor gives students the
     timetabled sessions which students are encouraged to attend.          opportunity to: gain an insight into professional life; be supported
                                                                           to take charge of their futures; and learn from someone who has
     Networking events provide students in all years with the              been in their shoes. Students can expect to have three forty-five-
     opportunity to interact with our alumni students and develop          minute meetings with their mentor. Any contact beyond this is at
     their knowledge of the variety of industries they work in. They       the mentor’s discretion. Mentors are Social Policy alumni students
     include a brown bag seminar series and an evening networking          working in a variety of professional areas. While we aim to match
     event. These are non-timetabled sessions which students are           students to mentors as closely as possible, we are not always able
     encouraged to attend.                                                 to match students to mentors working in areas they aspire to work
                                                                           in. Further information on the scheme and application process is
                                                                           sent to students during the Michaelmas Term.

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Postgraduate courses
      COURSE       COURSE TITLE                                                                   UNIT       TEACHING   PAGE
      CODE                                                                                                   TERM
      SP400        International Social and Public Policy                                         0.5 unit   MT         14

      SP401        Understanding Policy Research                                                  0.5 unit   MT         14

      SP403        Academic and Professional Skills Development                                   0 unit     MT/LT      15

      SP410        Migration: Current Research, Critical Approaches                               0.5 unit   MT         15

      SP411        Social Policy and Development                                                  0.5 unit   MT         16

      SP412        Non-Governmental Organisations, Social Policy and Development                  0.5 unit   MT         16

      SP413        Understanding Social (Dis)advantage                                            0.5 unit   LT         17

      SP414        Ethnicity, Race and Social Policy                                              0.5 unit   MT         17

      SP415        Urbanisation and Social Policy in the Global South                             0.5 unit   LT         18

      SP419        Social Movements, Activism, Social Policy                                      0.5 unit   LT         19

      SP420        Understanding Policy Research (Advanced)                                       0.5 unit   LT         19

      SP430        Social Security Policies                                                       0.5 unit   LT         20

      SP431        Population Analysis: Methods and Models                                        0.5 unit   MT         20

      KEY
      COURSE VALUE                       TEACHING TERM
      ■ 0 unit   ■ 0.5 unit   ■ 1 unit   ■ Michaelmas Term (MT) ■ Lent Term (LT) ■ Both Michaelmas and Lent (MT/LT)

     Postgraduate course convenors, see p27

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COURSE       COURSE TITLE                                                                   UNIT       TEACHING       PAGE
 CODE                                                                                                   TERM
 SP432        Education Policy, Reform and Financing                                         0.5 unit   LT             21

 SP433        Rural Livelihoods, Development and Social Transformation                       0.5 unit   LT             21

 SP434        Behavioural Public Policy                                                      0.5 unit   LT             22

 SP441        Politics of Social Policy: Welfare and Work in Comparative Perspective         0.5 unit   LT             22

 SP470        Criminal Justice Policy                                                        1 unit     MT/LT          23

 SP473        Policing, Security and Globalisation                                           0.5 unit   MT             23

 SP475        Riots, Disorder and Urban Violence                                             0.5 unit   MT             24

 SP476        Punishment and Penal Policy                                                    0.5 unit   MT             24

 KEY
 COURSE VALUE                       TEACHING TERM
 ■ 0 unit   ■ 0.5 unit   ■ 1 unit   ■ Michaelmas Term (MT) ■ Lent Term (LT) ■ Both Michaelmas and Lent (MT/LT)

Postgraduate course convenors, see p27

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     Course Code SP400                                                         Course Code SP401
     Course Title International Social and Public Policy                       Course Title Understanding Policy Research
     Value 0.5 Unit Teaching Term MT                                           Value 0.5 Unit Teaching Term MT
     Assessment Method Online Assessment                                       Assessment Method Exam

     This course engages with the social and public policy challenges          This course aims to provide an understanding of issues
     facing states and citizens across the world.                              associated with the research process, in the context of the MSc in
                                                                               International Social & Public Policy. The course includes an
     It introduces students to core issues, concepts, actors and debates
                                                                               examination of philosophical issues underpinning research
     shaping our understanding of social and public policy, its drivers
                                                                               methods in social policy; the place of different research methods
     and impacts. It outlines the questions raised by efforts to ensure
                                                                               (qualitative and quantitative) in international social & public policy;
     a healthy, educated and productive population, to protect those
                                                                               the use of research; and the role of evidence in informing social &
     without other means of support, and to reduce inequalities of eg,
                                                                               public policy.
     gender, class, and ethnicity. It discusses diverse policy approaches
     to these issues, their ideological underpinnings, and the varying         This is not a “how to” methods course. Instead, students will be
     configurations of actors involved in the policy process – the state,      equipped to become critical readers and users of research.
     the market, civil society, the family, and international organisations.   Students will gain an understanding of the role of research in the
                                                                               policy process, and of the philosophical underpinnings of different
     The course explores applications to a range of policy domains,
                                                                               approaches to ISPP research, both quantitative and qualitative;
     such as education, urbanisation, health, family, social care,
                                                                               they will scrutinise which research designs are appropriate for
     migration, inequality and redistribution, and to varied country
                                                                               different kinds of policy investigation; and learn to critique the
     contexts. The course is informed by an international and
                                                                               validity of the implications for policy drawn by researchers, given
     comparative approach that considers both rich and poor country
                                                                               the methods they have used.
     contexts and international dimensions and locates these within a
     historical understanding of both national and global processes.

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Course Code SP403                                                       Course Code SP410
Course Title Academic and Professional Skills Development               Course Title Migration: Current Research, Critical Approaches
Value 0 unit Teaching Term MT and LT                                    Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term MT
Assessment Method This course is non-credit bearing,                    Assessment Method Essay
and there is no formal assessment.
                                                                        This interdisciplinary course addresses contemporary global
This course supports students with their academic studies and           migration issues with reference to both developing and developed
professional futures. The first part of the course focusses on          country contexts, and to different patterns and forms of
academic skills to prepare students for the year ahead and enable       migration. The course examines the relationship between
them to make the most out of their courses and programme. The           migration and social and public policies, including the
second part of the course focusses on professional skills to            implications for how migrants and migration are conceptualised,
support students with the transition from university to work. The       for inequalities in the movement of people, for welfare systems,
course is designed to complement the expectations of Social             and for the impacts of migration in countries of origin and
Policy students on their Programmes, and to help them articulate        destination. Teaching across the course integrates critical
and develop their experience at LSE into useful resources for           theoretical approaches to migration with applications using
gaining employment and thriving beyond LSE. All Social Policy MSc       different migration-related research methods.
students are encouraged to take this course in addition to the credit
                                                                        Course outline includes: Global migration trends and processes;
bearing courses which make up their degree. All students who
                                                                        defining migrants and migration; citizenship, migration policies and
complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. The
                                                                        the unequal movement of people; internal migration; gender and
course is also complimented by a series of non-timetabled
                                                                        migration; researching migration; migration, transnationalism and
seminars delivered by alumni students working in a variety of social
                                                                        welfare; migration and civil society; the impacts of migration; what
policy related careers. Throughout the course, students are
                                                                        does migration mean for social and public policy.
encouraged to link the knowledge and skills they gain during their
time at LSE with the opportunities and requirements of a range of
careers in Social Policy.

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     Course Code SP411                                                    Course Code SP412
     Course Title Social Policy and Development                           Course Title Non-Governmental Organisations,
     Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term MT                                                    Social Policy and Development
     Assessment Method Exam                                               Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term MT
                                                                          Assessment Method Online Assessment
     This course provides the analytical tools needed to understand
     and critically evaluate the key practical challenges of social       The course focuses on the specialised field of non-governmental
     development. A wide range of development contexts will be            organisations (NGOs) within the field of social policy and
     discussed using empirical research and case studies.                 development, and considers theoretical and policy issues. Main
                                                                          topics include the history and theory of NGOs; the changing policy
     Key themes include: linking social policy theory, implementation
                                                                          contexts in which NGOs operate; NGO service delivery and
     and practice; making social protection effective; managing sector
                                                                          advocacy roles
     reform processes; projects and programmes, including design
     and evaluation; participation and community development;             in policy; NGO relationships with other institutional actors
     gender analysis; the impact of corporate social responsibility and   including government, donors and private sector; challenges of
     social enterprises on poverty reduction.                             NGO effectiveness and accountability; NGO organisational growth
                                                                          and change; and conceptual debates around civil society, social
     SP411 is a compulsory course on the ISPP
                                                                          capital, social movements and globalisation.
     (Development) specialism.
                                                                          SP412 is a compulsory course on the ISPP (NGOs) specialism.

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Course Code SP413                                                     Course Code SP414
Course Title Understanding Social (Dis)advantage                      Course Title Ethnicity, Race and Social Policy
Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT                                       Value 0.5 Unit Teaching Term MT
Assessment Method Essay                                               Assessment Method Essay

This course addresses the emergence, maintenance and                  This course will explore the boundaries of race and ethnicity in
dynamics of social advantage and disadvantage in different areas      different countries, and will introduce students to key conceptual
of life across different social groups. It explores inequalities in   issues which surround the study of ethnicity, race, and social policy. It
income, poverty & wealth, labour market position, family              will also examine the tensions in approaches which privilege group
resources, education, crime, and life chances, with reference to      rights and those which favour individual rights and how different
social groups defined according to their gender, ethnicity, as well   nation states have adopted or rejected multicultural policies.
as citizenship and migration status, disability. It pays specific
                                                                      The course will critically review patterns and explanations of ethnic
attention to intersectional, cumulative and relational processes in
                                                                      inequalities in labour market experiences and education outcomes
the reproduction of inequalities.
                                                                      and in relation to ethnic disproportionality in prison populations
                                                                      around the world, exploring the various explanatory frameworks for
                                                                      these persistent disparities.

                                                                      Finally, the course will review the role of the state in responding to
                                                                      ethnic inequality and legislative attempts to combat racial
                                                                      inequality and discrimination and consider the place of minority
                                                                      perspectives in improving policy formulation and service delivery.

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     Course Code SP415                                                    Prospective students must be willing to commit themselves to
     Course Title Urbanisation and Social Policy in the Global South      full participation in all aspects of the course, including an element
                                                                          of art. They will be required to read and discuss the essential
     Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT                                      readings for both the lectures and seminars each week. They are
     Assessment Method Project and Essay                                  also expected to read more widely and actively participate in the
                                                                          seminars. This course seeks a weekly commitment from students
     The course critically explores the challenges and opportunities      to undertake a non-assessed activity: (i) My_City – a short
     that urbanisation and urban transformations pose in the social,      500-750-word desk-based piece of research and writing that links
     spatial, economic, institutional and political realms in the urban   key issues emerging from the lecture to a city of their choice with
     Global South. A plurality of theoretical and conceptual              the view to meeting one of the pedagogical aims of this course,
     perspectives informing contemporary policies and planning            namely, linking theory with policy and practice. In addition to
     practices are explored each week.                                    Moodle, the course will use other online tools such as Padlet.
     Some of the themes explored in the course are, urbanisation,
     urbanism and social change, theories of urbanisation and urban
     change, internal migration and the rural-urban interface, urban
     poverty and livelihoods, urban labour markets and livelihoods,
     urban housing and tenure, urban basic services, urban
     governance, and urban social movements and collective action.
     Cross-cutting themes such as gender and the role of civil society
     are also explored.

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Course Code SP419                                                     Course Code SP420
Course Title Social Movements, Activism, Social Policy                Course Title Understanding Policy Research (Advanced)
Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT                                       Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT
Assessment Method Exam                                                Assessment Method Essay

The course begins by examining theories of social movements,          The course begins by examining theories of social movements,
collective action, and contentious politics. It then moves on to      collective action, and contentious politics. It then moves on to
examine how social movements engage with the policy process           examine how social movements engage with the policy process
and the ways in which social movement activism informs social         and the ways in which social movement activism informs social
policy formulation and implementation. It examines the nature,        policy formulation and implementation. It examines the nature,
past and present roles of social movements and their potential        past and present roles of social movements and their potential
capacity in shaping social policy in developed and developing         capacity in shaping social policy in developed and developing
countries, and in democratic, hybrid, or authoritarian regimes. The   countries, and in democratic, hybrid, or authoritarian regimes.
course covers theoretical arguments and examines empirical            The course covers theoretical arguments and examines empirical
examples and case studies.                                            examples and case studies.

The course examines the following topics: the role and impact of      The course examines the following topics: the role and impact of
social movement activism in identifying and meeting needs; the        social movement activism in identifying and meeting needs; the
role of grassroots mobilizations and solidarity; how movements are    role of grassroots mobilizations and solidarity; how movements are
affected by regulatory frameworks; how and when movements             affected by regulatory frameworks; how and when movements
achieve their objectives; movements relations with other actors       achieve their objectives; movements relations with other actors
(including, NGOs, trade unions, political parties, etc.); populism.   (including, NGOs, trade unions, political parties, etc.); populism.

The coure considers the development, transformation, autonomy,        The coure considers the development, transformation, autonomy,
interdependence, and probity of social movements. It draws on         interdependence, and probity of social movements. It draws on
examples of social movements in different periods, countries, and     examples of social movements in different periods, countries, and
areas of activity to examine and analyse how change happens           areas of activity to examine and analyse how change happens
and the obstacles to change.                                          and the obstacles to change.

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     Course Code SP430                                                      Course Code SP431
     Course Title Social Security Policies                                  Course Title Population Analysis: Methods and Models
     Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT                                        Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term MT
     Assessment Method Essay                                                Assessment Method Exam

     The course analyses the purposes, design and impact of                 This course provides an introduction to the key concepts and
     social security policies, meaning policies that protect and            methods required for population analysis. The course will explain
     support household income at times when income from the labour          the dynamics of population change and enable students to learn
     market does not suffice. The need for social security arises both      basic methods for measuring population structure and the
     from demographic factors that affect nearly everyone during            determinants of population size and change (fertility, mortality
     their life course – childhood, parenthood, old age – and from risk     and migration). The course will also provide an introduction to
     factors that will end up affecting only some – unemployment,           population projections and describe and evaluate how
     low pay, disability.                                                   demographic data are collected and used. Emphasis is placed on
                                                                            the understanding and interpretation of demographic data, as well
     The course takes a comparative approach, examining differences
                                                                            as methods of population analysis.
     in the design of social security policies across welfare regimes
     and drawing on examples from different countries. Students will        Pre-requisites: Students should have basic numeracy, but the
     develop an understanding of the challenges and trade-offs that         course does not require advanced mathematical knowledge
     arise in designing social security policies to meet multiple goals,    Some practical sessions will involve use of Microsoft Excel. IT
     will further their knowledge about the ways systems function in        Training provides numerous self-paced student supervised
     practice, and will develop the tools for assessing the structure and   workshops on Excel and downloadable course guides. Students
     effectiveness of social security in any given country. In 2020/21 we   with limited experience of Excel are advised to attend one of
     will also consider how well-placed social security systems were to     these workshops before the course.
     protect incomes in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we will
     look at the range of additional provisions made by governments
     across the globe.

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Postgraduate courses summary

Course Code SP432                                                    Course Code SP433
Course Title Education Policy, Reform and Financing                  Course Title Rural Livelihoods, Development and
Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT                                                   Social Transformation
Assessment Method Online Assessment                                  Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT
                                                                     Assessment Method Essay
This course considers education policy, reform and financing
across a range of countries. It uses concepts and tools from a       This course considers: Theories of rural development and
number of academic disciplines – social policy, sociology,           transformation, history of rural development policy, changing
economics, politics and philosophy – to scrutinise education.        rural livelihoods, land and agrarian reform, agricultural research
Throughout the course, there is particular focus on equity, social   and extension, the roles of private and non-governmental actors,
justice and the distribution of resources.                           natural resource management, food security, climate change and
                                                                     rural-urban linkages.
Issues to be addressed include: the impact of social
characteristics on educational outcomes (class, gender and race
and ethnicity, with a cross-cutting focus on special educational
needs and ideas of “inclusion”) and related policy reforms;
accountability and market-oriented reforms in education;
privatisation and the changing role of the state; power and the
politics of educational policy making; global policy transfer in
education; early years education; school-based education and
post-compulsory education; education systems in comparative
perspective. Not all of these issues are covered as separate
weekly topics.

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     Course Code SP434                                                         Course Code SP441
     Course Title Behavioural Public Policy                                    Course Title Politics of Social Policy: Welfare and Work in
     Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT                                                         Comparative Perspective
     Assessment Method Project                                                 Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT
                                                                               Assessment Method Essay
     The application of behavioural economics and behavioural science to
     public policy issues has been, and continues to be, a major theme in      The course explores the politics of social policy in advanced
     the policy discource internationally. This course offers students a       political economies. In the first part of the course, the main
     thorough grounding in the theory and findings that define behavioural     analytical approaches for the cross-national analysis of welfare
     economics, from the major violations of standard rational choice          states are introduced (such as the industrialism thesis, the power
     theory to prospect theory and the theories of human motivation. The       resources model, new institutionalism, feminist theory and the
     course goes on to consider the conceptual policy frameworks that          globalisation thesis). These will be examined in the context of the
     have been informed by behavioural economics, with examples – so-          rise of modern welfare states and their transformations since the
     called nudge, shove and budge policies – illustrated so as to highlight   end of the “Golden Age” in the mid-1970s.
     how these frameworks are applied in practice. Students will also be
                                                                               These analyses and the theoretical approaches to cross-national
     exposed to the different behavioural-informed schools of thought that
                                                                               study of welfare states will be harnessed in the second part of
     have prescribed divergent paths for public sector governance.
                                                                               the course when the focus shifts towards more recent policy
                                                                               developments since the 1990s. The empirical focus is on the
                                                                               welfare-and-work nexus. The course analyses the development of
                                                                               labour market and family policies in Nordic countries, Continental
                                                                               Europe, Anglo-phone countries and East Asia.

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Course Code SP470                                                       Course Code SP473
Course Title Criminal Justice Policy                                    Course Title Policing, Security and Globalisation
Value 1 unit Teaching Term MT/LT                                        Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term MT
Assessment Method Exam and Essay                                        Assessment Method Essay and Coursework

The course provides a detailed and critical introduction to the study   The sub-discipline of police studies is now well-established
of criminal justice institutions, practices and participants.           and is flourishing. Whilst much traditional policing scholarship
                                                                        has focused on policing within particular societies, increasingly
It begins with an introduction to the nature of crime and
                                                                        attention is being drawn to both international and comparative
contemporary criminal justice policy. It then examines the main
                                                                        matters. Indeed, the social and economic changes associated
elements of modern criminal justice systems (police, courts,
                                                                        with globalisation have affected policing as all else. This course
prisons, probation, the media, and private security).
                                                                        will focus on transnational public and private policing, and on
 Special emphasis is given to current issues such as restorative        the issues and challenges raised by globalisation: from the
justice and increasing rates of incarceration. The course combines      policing of emergent democracies, the problems of public order
up-to-date empirical work with theoretical perspectives and also        and the policing of migration, to the questions raised by the
emphasises the role of historical and comparative perspectives in       #BlackLivesMatter and the “defund the police” movements.
understanding current trends.

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     Course Code SP475                                                      Course Code SP476
     Course Title Riots, Disorder & Urban Violence                          Course Title Punishment and Penal Policy
     Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term LT                                        Value 0.5 unit Teaching Term MT
     Assessment Method Essay and Presentation                               Assessment Method Essay

     This course focuses on urban or collective violence, or what           This course will explore punishment and penal policy from a
     more colloquially tend to be referred to as “riots”. From Hong         range of comparative perspectives. Focusing on Anglophone
     Kong and Santiago to the Gilets Jaunes in Paris and the uprisings      jurisdictions and the rest of the world in equal measure, the
     in America after the death of George Floyd, this is a subject of       course will consider in depth a wide variety of historical and
     great contemporary relevance. The course will consider the             international comparative studies of punishment and penal policy,
     various approaches that have been taken to this subject – via          both from the field of criminology and beyond.
     history, psychology and sociology – and, focusing on particular
                                                                            In so doing, the course will critically examine theoretical
     examples, the course will examine some of the core issues in
                                                                            frameworks and empirical research on such issues as: the
     the field including: the causes of riots; psychological versus
                                                                            forms state punishment has assumed over time and in different
     sociological explanations; the role of race/ethnicity; the impact of
                                                                            national and regional contexts; the array and relative significance
     traditional and new social media on the nature and organisation
                                                                            of the reasons why punishment and penal policy may develop,
     of rioting; the role and changing nature of the policing of urban
                                                                            qualitatively as well as quantitatively, in particular ways at
     disorder; and how riots might be understood both historically and
                                                                            given historical junctures and in different jurisdictions; the
     comparatively. The primary means of assessment will be via a
                                                                            relationship between political systems and punishment, with
     research-based essay focusing on a single “riot”.
                                                                            particular reference to processes of democratisation; the role of
                                                                            punishment in society as explained through psychosocial theories
                                                                            and research.

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Undergraduate course convenors
Course                                                   Course Convenor         Email                       Room
SP100 Understanding International and Public Policy      Isabel Shutes           i.h.shutes@lse.ac.uk        OLD.2.58
SP101 Foundations of Social Policy Research              Kitty Stewart           k.j.stewart@lse.ac.uk       OLD 2.36
SP110 Sociology and Social Policy                        Thomas Biegert          t.biegert@lse.ac.uk         OLD.2.54
SP111 Social Economics and Policy                        Stephen Jenkins         s.jenkins@lse.ac.uk         OLD 2.29
SP112 Politics of Social Policy Making                   Hakan Seckinelgin       m.h.seckinelgin@lse.ac.uk   OLD 2.27
SP200 Comparative and International Social Policy        Timo Fleckenstein       t.fleckenstein@lse.ac.uk    OLD.2.60
SP201 Research Methods for Social Policy                 Amanda Sheely           a.sheely@lse.ac.uk          OLD 2.52
SP230 Education Policy                                   Anne West               a.west@lse.ac.uk            OLD 2.30
SP232 Health and Social Care Policy                      Tania Burchardt         t.burchardt@lse.ac.uk       32L.3.30
SP335 Migration: Current Research, Critical Approaches   Isabel Shutes           i.h.shutes@lse.ac.uk        OLD.2.58
SP374 Riots, Disorder and Urban Violence                 Tim Newburn             t.newburn@lse.ac.uk         OLD.2.40A

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Postgraduate course convenors
 Course                                                           Course Convenor     Email                        Room
 SP400 Foundations of International and Social Public Policy      Sunil Kumar         s.kumar@lse.ac.uk            OLD.2.55
 SP401 Understanding Policy Research                              Berkay Özcan        b.ozcan@lse.ac.uk            OLD 2.36
 SP410 Migration: Current Research, Critical Approaches           Lucinda Platt       l.platt@lse.ac.uk            OLD.2.25
 SP411 Social Policy and Development                              Hakan Seckinelgin   m.h.seckinelgin@lse.ac.uk    OLD.2.27
 SP412 NGOS in Social Policy and Development                      David Lewis         d.lewis@lse.ac.uk            OLD.2.40
 SP413 Understanding Social (Dis)advantage                        Amanda Sheely       a.sheely@lse.ac.uk           OLD.2.52
 SP414 Ethnicity, Race and Social Policy                          Coretta Phillips    coretta.phillips@lse.ac.uk   OLD.2.28
 SP415 Urbanisation and Social Policy in the Global South         Sunil Kumar         s.kumar@lse.ac.uk            OLD.2.55
 SP419 Social Movements, Activism, Social Policy                  Hakan Seckinelgin   m.h.seckinelgin@lse.ac.uk    OLD.2.27
 SP420 Understanding Policy Research (Advanced)                   Tania Burchardt     t.burchardt@lse.ac.uk        32L.3.30
 SP430 Social Security Policies                                   Kitty Stewart       k.j.stewart@lse.ac.uk        OLD 2.36
 SP431 Population Analysis: Methods and Models                    Michael Murphy      m.murphy@lse.ac.uk           OLD.2.61
 SP432 Education Policy, Reform and Financing                     Anne West           a.west@lse.ac.uk             OLD.2.30
 SP433 Rural Livelihoods, Development and Social Transformation   David Lewis         d.lewis@lse.ac.uk            OLD.2.40
 SP434 Behavioural Public Policy                                  Adam Oliver         a.j.oliver@lse.ac.uk         OLD.2.33
 SP441 The Politics of Social Policy                              Timo Fleckenstein   t.fleckenstein@lse.ac.uk     OLD.2.60
 SP470 Criminal Justice Policy                                    Tim Newburn         t.newburn@lse.ac.uk          OLD 2.60
 SP473 Policing, Security and Globalisation                       Tim Newburn         t.newburn@lse.ac.uk          OLD 2.40A
 SP475 Riots, Disorder and Urban Violence                         Tim Newburn         t.newburn@lse.ac.uk          OLD 2.40A
 SP476 Punishment and Penal Policy                                Leo Cheliotis       l.cheliotis@lse.ac.uk        OLD.2.51

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Undergraduate Programme Team                        Department of Social Policy
                                                    London School of Economics
Email: Socialpolicy.ug@lse.ac.uk
                                                    and Political Science
Tel: 020 7 955 6001
                                                    2nd Floor, Old Building
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Undergraduate Programme Manager                     London WC2A 2AE
Jake Watkins
Undergraduate Programme Administrator

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Email: Socialpolicy.msc@lse.ac.uk
Tel: 020 7 955 6001

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Teaching Operations Manager (Postgraduate)
Chris Kennedy
Postgraduate Programme Administrator
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Postgraduate Programme Administrator

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