Courses Catalogue

Social Policy Analysis And Planning

ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Social Work And Social Administration, Bachelor
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Humanities and Social Sciences
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

Recent times have proved to be a period of increasing rapid change that have impacted on the well being of the people in different nations and states in developing countries in particular. The above phenomenon have created a need for extra conceptualization on social policy thought that can lead to the enactment of Adhoc social policies that can provide answers to contemporary social problems and in contemporary times. This course further develops the analytical and political skills needed by social work professionals and practitioners to effectively address the multiple and complex social issues affecting communities, organizations, planning and administration. Students are exposed to advanced policy analysis skills such as fiscal analysis of government budgets and legislative analysis. The course explores the different ways in which social policies are made and implemented at each level of government, and ways in which analysis can be used by administrators, community and organizational practitioners to affect purposeful change.

This course builds on basic policy skills and research principles from foundation year courses by applying them to questions of policy suitability and effectiveness.

At the end of the course unit, students will be able to:

  • To concentrate and internalize academic concepts and issues related to social policy, political question and thoughts.
  • To understand the importance of the social policy conceptual framework in social policy development.
  • To evaluate on the influence of the political thought and its effect on the social policy direction.
  • To be able to critically examine the role of different stakeholders in social policy development and how it impacts on the nature of service delivery across the board
  • To enable student to understand the dynamics in the making and implementation of social programs and social service delivery.
  • To clarify some of the key normative theories in social policy that are imperative in promoting social development and social care.