This module will examine the ‘state of welfare’ from the Second World War to the present. It will ask why the British state became a ‘Welfare State’ after the war and examine the subsequent development and changes in welfare policies. It will examine social conditions through the period: poverty, wealth and income distribution, health and health care, life expectancy, employment and unemployment, childhood and ageing, disability, single parenthood, housing conditions, education and development and change in policies related to all of these topics. It will assess the impact of policies on social and economic conditions and on individual and family lives. It will survey the continuing, important role of the voluntary sector and its close relationship with state welfare; and the relationship of the public and private welfare sectors. It will study the political, social and economic contexts in which the Welfare State expanded and then contracted including the roles of political parties, campaigning groups and interest groups.
*Please note that although all module information is correct for the 2017/18 academic year, it is subject to change for future academic years
Professor Pat Thane
2 hour seminar
Module assessment - more information
1x5000-word essay (100%)