Short Title:Social Policy in Practice
Full Title:Social Policy in Practice
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:SOPO H2002
Credits: 5
Field of Study:Humanities
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Reviewed By:Helena Doody
Module Author:Suzanne Duggan
Module Description:This module will introduce students to social policy and social service provision in Ireland. Students will become familiar with social policy issues and concepts relevant to social care workers. Social policies will be assessed using principles of social justice and human rights. As social policy is an ongoing and dynamic subject the syllabus content will be expanded or modified, as the case may be, to reflect developments in social policy set out in this module. In order to progress, all components of module assessment must be passed by students – failure to successfully to complete any component will require repeat assessment/exam.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain and discuss the purpose, relevance and history of social policy in Ireland and Europe
LO2 Describe the concepts of democracy and the welfare state and reflect on these from a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA)
LO3 Describe how social policy is developed and acted upon at national, local and agency levels.
LO4 Assess social policies based on the principles of social justice and human rights.
LO5 Challenge unjust policies and practices in order to be able to participate in the creation of a fairer and more just society.
LO6 Empower service users to realise their rights to welfare and public services

Module Content & Assessment

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Continuous Assessment There will be individual and group work which will require the students to review and evaluate social policies from a human rights based perspective. 4,5 50.00 n/a
Continuous Assessment In-class test 1,2,3,4,5,6 50.00 n/a
No End of Module Formal Examination

TU Dublin – Tallaght Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Independent Learning Time No Description 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 6.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
This module has no Part Time workload.

Module Resources

Required Book Resources
  • Dukelow, F. &Considine, M. 2017, Irish Social Policy (second Edition), Policy Press [ISBN: 9781447329626]
  • Moran, J., Unfinished Business [ISBN: 9781909895010]
  • Powell, F. 2017, The Political Economy of the Irish Welfare State, Policy Press [ISBN: 9781447332916]
Recommended Book Resources
  • Curry, J 2011, Irish Social Services, 5th ed Ed., IPA Dublin [ISBN: 9781904541950]
  • Dwyer, P.& Shaw, S. 2013, An Introduction to Social Policy, SAGE [ISBN: 9781446207598]
  • Silfen Glasberg, D. & Shannon, D. 2010, Political Sociology, Pine Forge Press [ISBN: 9781412980401]
  • Spicker, P. 2017, Arguments for Welfare: The welfare state and social policy, Rowman & Littlefield Internati London [ISBN: 9781786603012]
  • Spicker, P. 2014, Social Policy: Themes and approaches, 3rd Ed., Policy Press [ISBN: 9781447316107]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
TA_HSASC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Applied Social Care 4 Mandatory