Skip to 0 minutes and 8 seconds Two of the biggest problems facing society are poverty and inequality. How do we make society fairer and more equal? How do we stop parents struggling to put food on the table for their children? Whose responsibility is it to eradicate poverty in the UK? The Governments? Parents? Teachers? Activists? Footballers? These are challenging questions and there is no simple solution. Yet taking a look through the lens of social policy may offer some ideas and directions on how to tackle these two issues. Social policy is concerned with promoting the welfare of citizens. Traditionally the subject focused on the ‘big five’
Skip to 0 minutes and 48 seconds areas of: poverty, health, housing, education and unemployment, but has expanded in recent years to broader social issues and international contexts. Often social policy questions the ways in which services do or do not meet the needs of specific groups, such as children, people with disabilities, women, older people, or members of minority ethnic groups. The understanding and dissection of the concepts of poverty and inequality are fundamental to understanding how people’s experience of the welfare state differ. This course will offer individuals the opportunity to explore these two concepts in detail before turning to take a look at how we can potentially solve such social problems as poverty and inequality whilst considering why this may be difficult.
Skip to 1 minute and 22 seconds Join us as we attempt to solve the crisis of poverty and inequality. Could your perspective be the one that helps shape our approach?