Full Title:The Economic and Political Contexts of Care
Module Code:SOCS H3015
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:The aim of this module is to equip students with the knowledge and the conceptual tools to assess the political usage of economic ideas in creating the contexts of welfare
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Summarise the key debates concerning the emergence of the capitalist economic system
  2. Assess the impact of liberal economic orthodoxy in 19th century Great Britain and Ireland
  3. Summarise and assess the impact of the post-WWII model of social citizenship
  4. Assess the emergence and adaptation of NeoLiberal interpretations of the state's role
  5. Compare and contrast different models of justice
  6. Appraise different dimensions of equality and social justice

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Adam Smith the Invisible Hand and the emergence of capitalism
Karl Polanyi's analysis of the impact of laissez-faire capitalism in 19thC Britain and Ireland
The emergence of social citizenship, TH Marshall and the welfare state
Hayek, Friedman, Thatcherism and Reagonomics, the reapplication of liberal economics
Distributive Justice, entitlement and desert
Models of equality
Social Justice and the redistribution of economic benefits
The limits of economic entitlements as justice
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Directed Reading n/a 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Lecture n/a 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study n/a 6.50 Every Week 6.50
Total Weekly Learner Workload 13.50
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Sandel, Michael 2010, Justice: What is the Right Thing to Do?, Farrar, Straus and Giroux New York [ISBN: 978-0374532505]
  • Polanyi, Karl 2001, The Great Transformation: the Political and Economic Origins of our Time, 2nd Ed., Beacon Press Boston [ISBN: 978-0807056431]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Baker, J, Lynch, K, Cantillon, S and Walsh, J 2009, Equality: From Theory to Action, 2nd Ed., Palgrave MacMillan Basingstoke [ISBN: 9780230227170]
  • Sandel, Michael 2012, What Money Can't Buy, Farrar, Straus and Giroux New York [ISBN: 978-0374203030]
  • Smith, Adam 2008, The Invisible Hand, Penguin Books London [ISBN: 9780141036816]
  • Fanning, B and Munck, R. (eds.) 2012, Globalization, Migration and Social Transformation. Ireland in Europe and the World, Ashgate Basingstoke [ISBN: 978-1-4094-1127-7]
  • Harvey, David 2005, A Brief History of Neoliberalism, Oxford University Press Oxford [ISBN: 978-0199283279]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_HSOCA_8 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Care 8 Mandatory