|Module Title||FIGHTING THE FIVE GIANTS: WELFARE & SOCIETY IN MODERN BRITAI|
|Co-ordinator||Dr Steven Thompson|
|Course delivery||Lecture||18 Hours|
|Essay||2 essays (1 x 4,000 words & 1 x 2,500 words)||40%|
This course will survey the history of the welfare state in early twentieth century Britain and will consider efforts to eradicate the five `giant evils? of Want, Ignorance, Disease, Squalor and Idleness. It will focus on these developments in their social, economic, political and demographic contexts. The extension of central government into various aspects of people?s lives was one of the central features of the twentieth century and the significance of social policies on the everyday lives of ordinary people will be considered. The extent to which transformations in standards of living can be attributed to government policies and actions will be evaluated but the course will also consider the costs of such large-scale government intervention. An important aspect of the course will be the examination of primary sources including official papers, social surveys and social policy tracts.