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2008/09 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP3010 Approaches to Social Exclusion in Later Life

20 creditsClass Size: 32

Module manager: Kirk Mann
Email: K.Mann@leeds.ac.uk

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2008/09

Pre-requisite qualifications

Normally 40 credits at level 2 from programmes of study within the Faculty of ESSL or related disciplines.

This module is mutually exclusive with

SLSP2451Pension Policies and Politics

Module replaces

SLSP2451 Pension Policies and Politics

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

Want a module that will look seriously good on your CV and will impress potential employers or may lead you into research? This module is directly related to my current and ongoing research interests. Using a number of social and political theoretical approaches the module considers 'the ageing/pensions crisis'. Not many people can make this subject material 'sexy' and still convey how serious it is, but I will do so. But don't believe me- read the reviews of the recommended text (that I wrote) for the module, which according to one reviewer was; 'written with a pleasant dry sense of humour and personal touches that make it very readable. Indeed, I read it straight through, not something that I can say about all books on pensions and retirement'. And another commented. 'The style is readily accessible, and on a more pragmatic note the regular highlighted key points and summaries of issues at the end of each of the substantive chapters will be attractive to the undergraduate target audience. That the book is highly readable is a significant achievement [?] The aim of providing an introduction to contemporary debates about retirement and pensions is certainly achieved'. For a summary of reviews go to ;- Contact: Dr Kirk Mann k.mann@leeds.ac.uk or undergradsociologysocialpolicy@leeds.ac.uk

Objectives

On successful completion of this module students should be able to appreciate the significance of pensions policies, the political and social issues that arise in relation to these and to apply a number of perspectives to the pensions policies. They should be able to appreciate the different types of pensions, the implications of demographic change and the importance of pensioners as a social group.

Skills outcomes
Written skill - presentational skills


Syllabus

This module will outline the historical development of pensions policies, provide an account of the different types of pension provision and introduce a number of theoretical approaches to both pensioners. The module considers the respective merits of the market and the state as providers, outlines the social implications of demographic change, actuarial principles and issues of social inequality. The political and social implications of regulation and control, the possibilities of reform and the political context along with comparisons with other EU countries and Australia are all addressed.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Lecture111.0011.00
Tutorial101.0010.00
Private study hours179.00
Total Contact hours21.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Preparation for lectures: 24 hours;
Preparation for seminars: 100 hours;
Preparation for essay/exam: 59 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Presentations and attendance.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information


Coursework
Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay3,000 words50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)50.00

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


Exams
Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 00 mins50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)50.00

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: 18/01/2010

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