Introduction to Social Policy


  1. GENERAL
SCHOOL Faculty of Social, Political and Economics Sciences
DEPARTMENT Department of Social Policy
LEVEL OF STUDIES Level 6
COURSE CODE 10 SEMESTER 1Ο  
COURSE TITLE Introduction to social policy
TEACHING ACTIVITIES
If the ECTS Credits are distributed in distinct parts of the course e.g. lectures, labs etc. If the ECTS Credits are awarded to the whole course, then please indicate the teaching hours per week and the corresponding ECTS Credits.
TEACHING HOURS PER WEEK ECTS CREDITS
3 6
Please, add lines if necessary. Teaching methods and organization of the course are described in section 4.
COURSE TYPE

Background, General Knowledge, Scientific Area, Skill Development

Scientific Area
PREREQUISITES: No
TEACHING & EXAMINATION LANGUAGE: Greek
COURSE OFFERED TO ERASMUS STUDENTS: No
COURSE URL: https://eclass.duth.gr/courses/OKA188/
  1. LEARNING OUTCOMES
Learning Outcomes
Please describe the learning outcomes of the course: Knowledge, skills and abilities acquired after the successful completion of the course.
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the wide scientific area of social policy.

Upon the successful completion of the course, students will be in the position to:

·         To understand the diverse theoretical approaches of the welfare state.

·         To identify the multiple policy fields included in the framework of social policy.

·         To distinguish the roles of supranational, national and voluntary organization in the design and implementation of social policy.

General Skills
Name the desirable general skills upon successful completion of the module
Search, analysis and synthesis of data and information,

ICT Use

Adaptation to new situations

Decision making

Autonomous work

Teamwork

Working in an international environment

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

Production of new research ideas

Project design and management

Equity and Inclusion

Respect for the natural environment

Sustainability

Demonstration of social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Critical thinking

Promoting free, creative and inductive reasoning

Demonstration of social, professional and moral responsibility and sensitivity to gender issues

Autonomous work

Equity and Inclusion

Critical thinking

Working in an interdisciplinary environment

  1. COURSE CONTENT
This course consists of three parts. In the first part, different approaches of the welfare state as well as its historical evolution are presented.

In the second part, the diverse sub-fields of social policy, such as employment policies, social insurance, health, social assistance and social inclusion, migrant and refugee policies, education policy are described and analyzed. In this way, the wide spectrum of social policy is understood.

In the third part of the course, we detect the various actors in the design and implementation of social policy including international institutions such as the European Union, national governments, local authorities, trade unions, civil society organizations and Social Solidarity Economy organizations.

The courses expands over 13 weeks and is structured in the following way:

1.       Defining social policy.

2.       The historical evolution of the welfare state.

3.       Labour market and employment policies

4.       Health policies

5.       Social assistance

6.       Housing policy

7.       Policies for migrants and refugees

8.       The gender perspective in social policy

9.        The role of EU in social policy design

10.   The role of member states in social policy

11.   The role of local authorities in social policy

12.   The role of trade unions in social policy

13.   Third sector organizations and social policy

  1. LEARNING & TEACHING METHODSEVALUATION
TEACHING METHOD
Face to face, Distance learning, etc.
Face to face
USE OF INFORMATION & COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY (ICT)
Use of ICT in Teaching, in Laboratory Education, in Communication with students
Use of databases, eclass for communication and information sharing and powerpoint presentation in lectures and for students presentations
TEACHING ORGANIZATION

The ways and methods of teaching are described in detail.

Lectures, Seminars, Laboratory Exercise, Field Exercise, Bibliographic research & analysis, Tutoring, Internship (Placement), Clinical Exercise, Art Workshop, Interactive learning, Study visits, Study / creation, project, creation, project. Etc.

 

The supervised and unsupervised workload per activity is indicated here, so that total workload per semester complies to ECTS standards.

Activity Workload/semester
Lectures 70
Interactive teaching 30
Independent work towards written exams 48
Final written exams 2
Course total 150
 
Student Evaluation

Description of the evaluation process

 

Assessment Language, Assessment Methods, Formative or Concluding, Multiple Choice Test, Short Answer Questions, Essay Development Questions, Problem Solving, Written Assignment, Essay / Report, Oral Exam, Presentation in audience, Laboratory Report, Clinical examination of a patient, Artistic interpretation, Other/Others

 

Please indicate all relevant information about the course assessment and how students are informed 

 

Concluding

Essay development

100 % of evaluation

  1. SUGGESTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
 

Obligatory

  •  Sakellaropoulos, Th., Economou, Ch., Skamnakis, Ch., Aggelaki, Μ. (Ed.) (2018), Social Policy, Dionikos, Athens (in Greek).

Additional

•    Gail, L., Gewirtz, Sh., Clarke, J., Stasinopoulou, O. (Ed.) (2007), Social Policy. Another perspective, trans. Holloway, A.,  Gutenberg, Athens (in Greek).

•    Sakellaropoulos, Th. (1999). The Reform of the Welfare State, vol. a and b, Kritiki, Athens (in Greek).

 

 

 

 

 

ANNEX OF THE COURSE OUTLINE

 

Alternative ways of examining a course in emergency situations

 

Teacher (full name):
Contact details:
Supervisors: (1)
Evaluation methods: (2)
Implementation Instructions: (3)

 

  • Please write YES or NO
  • Note down the evaluation methods used by the teacher, e.g.
  • written assignment or/and exercises
  • written or oral examination with distance learning methods, provided that the integrity and reliability of the examination are ensured.
  • In the Implementation Instructions section, the teacher notes down clear instructions to the students:

 

  1. a) in case of written assignment and / or exercises: the deadline (e.g. the last week of the semester), the means of submission, the grading system, the grade percentage of the assignment in the final grade and any other necessary information.
  2. b) in case of oral examination with distance learning methods: the instructions for conducting the examination (e.g. in groups of X people), the way of administration of the questions to be answered, the distance learning platforms to be used, the technical means for the implementation of the examination (microphone, camera, word processor, internet connection, communication platform), the hyperlinks for the examination, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the percentage of the oral exam in the final grade, the ways in which the inviolability and reliability of the exam are ensured and any other necessary information.
  3. c) in case of written examination with distance learning methods: the way of administration of the questions to be answered, the way of submitting the answers, the duration of the exam, the grading system, the percentage of the written exam of the exam in the final grade, the ways in which the integrity and reliability of the exam are ensured and any other necessary information.

There should be an attached list with the Student Registration Numbers only of students eligible to participate in the examination.

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