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2020 - 2021
Master of Science
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The information provided on this page was correct at the time of publication (November 2019). For complete and up-to-date information about this course, please visit the relevant University of Oxford course page via www.graduate.ox.ac.uk/ucas The MPhil in Comparative Social Policy explores welfare systems and policy developments across a range of countries with an OECD focus. The comparative element is a key part of the course, and is one feature that makes the course at Oxford unique. For the purposes of comparison the course focuses especially on the most highly-developed countries, broadly those in the OECD area. The central aim of the MPhil in Comparative Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention is to provide high quality graduate level research training in social policy, taking a comparative perspective, concentrating primarily on industrialised/developed countries. More specific aims are to develop your capacity to: You will study a core paper in comparative social policy and social policy analysis. This paper covers the theories, principles, history and institutions of social policy, and is taught via a closely-linked package of lectures, seminars, small working seminars and individual tutorials. You will also engage in detailed work on social policy analysis through lectures, seminars and presentations. The research methods skills, covering both quantitative and qualitative methods, are taught in a mix of lectures, classes, workshops and â??hands-onâ?? computer lab based weekly training sessions. In addition, there is a course on the principles of comparative research design. The MPhil course is an extended version of the MSc in Comparative Social Policy. In the first year you will study together with the MSc group and in the second year you will primarily focus on your research project, under individually-tailored supervision. The MPhil particularly suits students who want to conduct research in a world-class environment, with strong potential to pursue a doctorate afterwards. In your first year, you will have the opportunity to take at least one specialist course from a list of options focusing on a particular social policy area. You are examined on one of these option courses. You then are examined in a second option during your second year. Recent options offered include education policies, family policies, healthcare, labour market policies and poverty. Your performance will be assessed through formative and summative assignments/papers. Knowledge of the substantive areas of social policy is assessed by one three-hour paper at the end of the third term of your first year, a summative assignment based on your first option paper taken in the second term of your first year, and another summative assignment based on your second option paper taken in the second term of your second year. The paper covers comparative social policy and social policy analysis in general; the others focus on the studentâ??s chosen area(s) of specialism. The research method skills are assessed by means of formal course assignments and â??methods essaysâ?? on published research papers. In addition, you will be required to provide a 30,000-word dissertation.
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