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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Britain is undergoing rapid social and economic change, for example, in relation to the effects of austerity, the growth of populism, Brexit and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. This course explores the intersection of politics, economics and social policy to explain recent social transformations. Topics covered will include an introduction to social and economic theories of change. A critical review will be provided of Thatcherism, New Labour and the Coalition government in terms of their social policy aims, successes and failures which, to varying degrees, altered Britain. The efficacy of recent developments in social policy including Brexit and the current government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will also be explored.



Who can book?

Our weekend courses are open to participants over the age of 18 and courses are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level. No academic qualifications are required and most courses are suitable for students who are new to the subject. Please ensure that you complete any required reading before the course starts to enable you to fully participate.

English language requirements

Teaching is in English (unless a foreign-language course). If your first language is not English, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have the required near-native command of the language to get the maximum benefit from studying with ICE.

Accessibility and additional support for students 

We make every effort to meet the requirements of those students with additional needs. Please let us know about any additional requirements at the time of booking so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before and during your course(s).

You can also refer to our Further information for students with additional requirements section on our website.

COVID-19 Guidance

Please ensure you read our latest guidance and advice regarding COVID-19 found on our Booking terms and conditions page.

Course dates

08 Apr 2022 to 10 Apr 2022

Course duration

1 weekend

Apply by

28 Mar 2022

Course fee



Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

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