Social and Public Policy 1B: Understanding Glasgow in a Globalised World PUBPOL1011

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This Level 1 course provides an opportunity to focus on Glasgow's social problems and urban challenges and how these are tackled by public policy, including comparisons with cities in other parts of the world.


Students will focus on issues ranging from poverty and inequality, housing and community relations to gangs and the 'divided city', and consider how policy tries to address them, and what we know about the difference policy makes.


■ three lectures per week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 10 - 11am) 

■ a weekly tutorial (8 in total, timeslots scheduled throughout the week, one hour)


Students will be offered an optional half day study visit.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





One 2000 word written assignment (40%)

One two hour examination (60%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The course aims are to:

■ provide an introduction to how Glasgow has changed as a result of the shift to post-industrialism and contextualise this in the experience of other cities.

■ introduce the concept of globalisation

■ understand the kinds of social problems which public policy aims to tackle, as a foundation for further study

■ examine how public policy impacts on society and places through the lens of Glasgow's experience.

■ promote a range of intellectual and other transferable skills.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Summarise the key factors in the development of Glasgow as a post industrial city.

■ Identify the concept of globalisation and its impacts on:

■ on contemporary cities in developed economies

■ on the scope of public policy

■ Identify a range of contemporary societal problems and their roots in urban development

■ Recognise the key domains of public policy relevant to the development of contemporary urban society and urban space.

■ Evaluate the impact of selected public policy domains on society and human welfare in Glasgow.

■ Assess how Glasgow's public spaces and built environment are shaped by policy.


Transferable Skills
Apply skills in processing information, verbal communication within a group setting, and written communication.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.


Other requirements: regular attendance and minimum grade of G.