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    SOCI A801F
    Social Policy Analysis: Theory and Issues
    SOCI A801F
    Social Policy Analysis: Theory and Issues

    Course Coordinator: Chan Wai Leung, BSSc (Hons), MPhil (CUHK)

    Important notes
    This course will be taught via face-to-face mode. Lectures will be held on weekday evenings or Saturdays.

    SOCI A801F serves as a general introduction to the field of social policy studies, covering the ideological, analytical and substantive aspects that are essential for analysing social policies. As such, this course explores issues relating to the values, ideologies, analytical models, and policy process of the implementation and evaluation of social welfare policies. Various policy issues in social welfare, including social security, employment, housing, health and education, etc., will be analysed with reference to the analytical tools introduced in the first part of the course. A particular focus of this course will be the social problems and policy issues in Hong Kong and other Chinese societies. Students will be able to develop critical evaluation skills through the appraisal of social policy issues in the Hong Kong and Greater China context.

    The course covers the following topics:

    • The concept of social policy and social welfare
    • The values, ideologies, and models of social policy
    • The policy process and politics of social policy
    • The frameworks of social policy analysis and evaluation
    • Major social policy issues in Hong Kong (including: social security, employment, housing, health, education, etc.)
    • Major social policy issues in selected societies in Greater China (including: social security, employment, housing, health, education, etc.)

    Contact hours
    Normally three hours per week.

    Assessment includes case study reports and a presentation, and a final examination. Students are required to submit assignments via the Online Learning Environment (OLE).

    Set book(s)
    There is no set book for this course. Academic journal articles and book chapters will be assigned as references for different topics of the course.

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