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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. This is a 10 session course and must be taken with W310Pm01 in week 3.


Course dates

30 Jul 2023 to 05 Aug 2023

Course duration

2 weeks

Apply by

25 Jun 2023

Course director


International Summer Programme
Sidgwick Site
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits

Credits dependent on home institution

Teaching sessions

Meetings: 10

Course code