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How do 'welfare to work' programmes such as the New Deal take into account and shape people's personal lives?

This course, Remaking the relations of work and welfare, looks at how participation in, and drop-out from, 'workfare' programmes are interpreted within different theoretical perspectives, and uses two case studies to connect the theory with the reality of people's lives.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Outline the ways in which the relations between work and welfare are made and remade in different places and at different times
  • Explain how these changing relations contribute to constituting welfare subjects
  • Describe how welfare provision that is connected to work affects the lives of different welfare subjects in different and unequal ways
  • Assess the relative influences and effects of the economic, developmental and social purposes of welfare programmes based on work
  • Identify appropriate evidence for assessing such programmes, and make a critical evaluation of it.

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:02:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
  • Welfare, work and social policy: an overview 00:25:00
    • Background and historical overview 00:15:00
    • Rationales for conditional entitlement to welfare 00:20:00
    • Personal agency, participation and refusal: gathering evidence 00:45:00
    • Looking at the evidence 00:25:00
    • Neo-liberal interpretations of welfare to work 00:10:00
    • Neo-Marxist interpretations of welfare to work 00:15:00
    • Finding ‘the personal’ in policy: responses, refusals and resistances 00:20:00
    • Personal Advisers, personal lives 00:25:00
    • A short biography of Mandy: comparing theories about work and welfare 00:30:00
    • Introduction 00:07:00
    • The importance of the market and the state: neo-liberalism and neo-Marxism 00:20:00
    • The importance of the individual and gender: post-structuralism and feminism 00:15:00
    • Conclusion 00:10:00
    • Further resources 00:10:00

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