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An Introduction to Social Policy

An Introduction to Social Policy

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March 2013 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
An Introduction to Social Policy explores essential welfare topics, themes and issues for students studying social policy or related disciplines such as sociology, social work, or nursing and social care.

- Part One examines key concepts including welfare, social justice, diversity and health and well-being.

- Part Two explores policy issues in relation to key stages of the lifecourse.

- Part Three takes a comparative perspective, discussing the international issues and supranational bodies that impact on British and European social policy today.

The concise chapters define the key terms and outline the central debates, giving students a fundamental foundation for their degree. Chapter overviews and summaries guide readers through the book, and questions for reflection conclude each chapter to test readers' knowledge.

This book is essential reading for all students of social policy and the social sciences, as well as those taking joint honours programmes in social work, sociology, criminology, politics and social care.

Peter Dwyer is Professor of Social Policy at the University of Salford.

Sandra Shaw is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy at the University of Salford.

About the Editors and Contributors
List of Acronyms
Editors' Introduction
John Hudson
Peter Dwyer
Social Justice
Mel Walker
Social Exclusion
Mel Walker
Difference and Diversity
Margaret Coffey and Lindsey Dugdill
Health and Well-Being
Sandra Shaw
Families and Children
Sandra Shaw
Young People
Rita Haworth
Older People
Karen Kinghorn
Death and the End of Life
Karen Kinghorn
Devolution in the UK
Sandra Shaw
Comparative Welfare
Paul Copeland
The European Union and Social Policy
Sandra Shaw
Global Social Policy: Globalized Health Policy
Anya Ahmed
Social Policy and the Environment

This book is an excellent introductory text for new students of social policy. It provides a comprehensive but highly readable overview of key social policy concepts; a very useful 'lifecourse' framework; and an engaging introduction to comparative social policy. It is being adopted as a key text for SWP2141 Social Policy Workshops, to provide the theoretical basis for students to prepare their first social policy presentations in the course.

Dr Sue Vella
Social Policy & Social Work , Univ. of Malta
July 1, 2014

An essential book to help students understand social policy. Used with second year foundation degree students who found this an excellent resource in helping them get to grips with themes and concepts of social policy.

Ms Zahra Qureshi
Health & Social Care Dept, Solihull College
June 27, 2014

A good book for background reading mon social policy helps set the scene for further reading and development

Mrs Elaine Simpson
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
June 3, 2014

Good overview of social policy considerations for social work students

Mrs Tracey McVeigh
School of Sociology, Social Policy & Social Work, Queen's University Belfast
May 29, 2014

A highly relevant and well written text that explores and introduces the key concepts relevant to social policy. Ideal for our students who undertake a 1st year module with the same title.

Mr Peter Leadbetter
Faculty of Health, Edge Hill University
May 16, 2014

The book presents a complete and updated overview on welfare topics, themes and issues. The basic but specific vocabulary and the use of examples let students understand the complex subject. I would suggest to add more international cases and to deepen South European or South American literature about the topic to engage also students coming from different states with different welfare systems.

Dr Valentina Bazzarin
Social and Political Sciences, University of Bologna
March 19, 2014

Excellent book, directly covers issues which are sometimes difficult for students to wrap their heads around.

Dr Lia Levin
School of Social Work, Tel Aviv University
March 2, 2014

This is an outstanding book, full of up to date information presented in a very readable way. I have made this an essential read for my leadership in healthcare module.

Mr Brian Boag
Faculty of Education,Health & Sciences, Derby University
February 3, 2014

This book provides a good overall coverage for students who need to have a general but full overview of what social policy is and how it fits together within the contexts that I teach.

Ms Sue Mills
Lifelong Learning Centre, Leeds University
January 14, 2014

A very good introduction to the topic which provides the right level of analysis for students studying the subject within the context of a third year module

Mr Nigel Roberts
youth and schools, centre for youth ministry
January 11, 2014

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Chapter One: Welfare

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