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SLSP5216M Social Policy, Politics and Disabled People

30 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Dr Alison Sheldon

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

This module is not approved as an Elective


To provide students with a thorough insight into contemporary social policy for disabled people with regard to:
- education
- employment
- health and social support services
- benefits and the built environment, housing
- transport and public amenities
- self help and disability politics.


Social policy and disabled people throughout the post 1945 period with particular emphasis on developments during the 1980s and 90s.

Subjects to be covered will include:
- 'special educational needs'
- legislation and employment
- disability benefits
- health and social support services for disabled people
- public amenities - housing, transport and public buildings
- self help, organisation and politics.

Particular attention will be paid to the implications for disabled people and society as a whole of the 1988 Social Security reforms and the 1990 National Health Service and Community Care legislation.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours278.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Participation in seminars

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 6,000 word essay100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 21/12/2018


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