International Social Welfare and Social Policy
MScIntermediate award(s): PG Cert, PG Dip
Course overviewThis course will give you an opportunity to learn about social welfare and social policy in the global context. The focus lies on comparative and global analysis which is applied to areas of concern including street children, deprived communities, criminal justice and migration and social welfare in areas of political conflict.
You will gain skills relating to policy making, social science analysis, research, evaluation, leadership and strategies of change. This course advances your career at a national or international context of social welfare and social policy.
This module considers the relationship between globalisation and social welfare and policy at a micro, mezzo and macro level. It considers how globalisation impacts on social welfare provision and policy planning in different countries and societal contexts, from a political, social, economic, technological and educational viewpoint. We will evaluate and critically analyse whether there are universal values and a universal knowledge base which can be relied upon to provide a response towards overcoming global problems, or whether they are, or need to be, culturally and locally specific. This module also looks at how individuals, social networks and organisations deal with providing support for those in greatest need and how this can be translated to work within an international arena from both a statutory and voluntary/non-governmental organisation perspective. Finally, we will consider the role of the social welfare and social policy worker within a globalised world, and critically debate universal standards of practice and transferable skills and adaptation.
Here, we will look at comparative issues concerning social policy and social welfare in the international context. Areas such as migration, poverty and social exclusion, youth work, street living and community work will be analysed across a variety of countries and regions. Within the context of specific case studies, you will apply the principles of comparative analysis and critically evaluate methodological issues which arise. Further emphasis will be placed on the critical evaluation of theoretical perspectives of international social welfare and social policy in the context of case studies. You will develop your own comparative analysis regarding issues of international social welfare and social policy, and enhance your skills in the theoretical and methodological evaluation of literature regarding comparative analysis.
This module will provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It will provide you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of enquiry and its relationship to practice. It will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.
This module will support you in your preparation and submission of a Masters-stage Major Project. You will be expected to bring together aspects of learning from previous modules as well as use the learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing a research or work-based project. There will be eight hours of workshop support available to you during the module, delivered as four, two-hour workshops. In addition, there will be a full day's introductory workshop before the module commences. You will be allocated a minimum of six hours' individual supervisory support. More time can be negotiated with your supervisor.
Businesses, whether private, public or third sector, operate in a world facing a range of urgent global issues. This module examines the fitness of business and individuals to tackle such issues, based on the Global Leadership model developed by lecturers at our University. This model consists of four elements: effective decision making, adoption of a global approach, creation of a new business paradigm and a contemporary mission. Our module also considers the related concept of Mis-Leadership, which looks at how leaders have often failed to achieve the optimum outcomes for those they lead. Leaders predominantly create context and this module will explore the skills required to successfully mould and develop the context in a chaotic environment.
Within social work, interprofessional work at the health and social care interface is gathering momentum evidenced by closer links being forged in terms of policy, practice and organisations. Social workers are currently building and sustaining purposeful relationships with people and organisations in community-based and interprofessional contexts taking lead roles in or contributing to integrated care and partnership working. Implementing this policy is often fraught with difficulties and Interprofessional working/partnerships require the development of skills and knowledge in order to build capacity for shared understanding and maintaining relationships or focus. Little attention is given to these skills in training or Continuing Professional Development (CPD); this module therefore seeks to address some of these most salient issues.
On this module you will develop a critical understanding of public health, and are encouraged to engage in critical debate using historical and theoretical perspectives to examine major public health issues and policy developments. You are encouraged to draw on and share your own experience to inform your understanding of contemporary public health. Emphasis is placed on collaborative working by students in evaluating current policies and practices as well as in generating new ideas. You will relate policies, practice and the ideologies that shape them to the prevailing social and economic conditions. Social inequalities, particularly the widening 'health gap', are a key theme in developing and developed nations. You have the opportunity to apply generalised knowledge to specific areas of public health policy and practice and to reflect critically on the implications of policy interventions across disciplines and agencies.
Tutor profileDr Claudia Schneider - Course Leader
Claudia is a Principal Lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University with a particular interest in research and teaching within an international arena. Her main areas of teaching and research concern migration studies and research methods (quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods). She completed her PhD (London School of Economics, Sociology) in 2006 on German immigration policy. Claudia has co-led several regional and European research projects on migration since 2005. She co-organised with Cambridge University (Faculty of Education) the 2012 BAICE (British Association for International and Comparative Education) conference on 'Education, Mobility and Migration' and is currently co-leading an externally funded project with Cambridge University on (international) school children in England who have English as an additional language (funded by the Bell Foundation). Claudia is supervising several national and international PhD students and has published a number of research reports and articles on migration, theory and education.
Links with industry and professional recognitionThe Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education is currently working in collaboration with a number of universities from across Europe on the International Doctorial Studies in Social Work (INDOSOW) project. This is the first European doctoral programme of its kind which offers postgraduate students the opportunity to take part in an international interdisciplinary study of social work, welfare systems and social policies. For further information about the INDOSOW project please visit: www.indosow.net
Associated careersCareer areas associated with this course include social work, social policy, community development and education.
We welcome applications from International and EU students. Please select one of the links below for English language and country-specific entry requirement information.
Cambridge Ruskin International College, an associate college of Anglia Ruskin, which is located on our Cambridge campus.
How to apply
Teaching times*First trimester 2 days per week (9.00am-2.00pm and 9.00am-1.00pm)
Second and third trimesters 1 day per week (10.00am-2.00pm)
Available startsSeptember, January
Fees & funding
Open Day29 November (health, social care, education and medical science)
Postgraduate Open Day
FacultyHealth, Social Care & Education
DepartmentFamily and Community Studies
Contact usUK and EU applicants:
- Call 01245 493131
- Complete enquiry form
- Call +44 (0)1223 698609
- Complete enquiry form
* Teaching days are subject to change each academic year. Timings are also dependent on any optional modules you chose and are for guidance, so we advise all applicants to wait until they are in receipt of their timetable before making arrangements around course times.