History of the Poor Law from 1500's to present day in Great Britain

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This class will

1. Provide a broad overview where we start at the 1500's and end up at about the 1900's by saying

When did it start?

Whose responsibility was it but why do we care?

What relevance is it to us?

As students do we need to know this? After all we are not history students.

If we need to know it, the question we could be asked in an exam is

What relevance is it?

Why do you know it?

The answer to this would be

It's not a history course saying learn this page, because it happened then, learn this page because somebody wants power.

It's the relevance of the thinking, and what really as social workers and social policy students we are interested in thinking behind the legalisation.

Has anything changed?

Has thinking changed?

Or have we gone back?

2. We also explore the development of the principles of welfare. So we would say we have certain principles in order to decide

Who gets welfare?

Why do they get welfare?

How do they get welfare?

Where do the and where do these principles come from?

Do we all agree on them?

So we shall explore the principles.

3. The last one is to identify cyclical nature of social policy. The quote is telling the answer below

QUOTE First state intervention 1300-1400 Repressive measures to control vagrancy not to alleviate poverty.

Rather than having us thinking in terms of welfare and welfare state it is actually going back to the principles that underpin the Poor Law, and that's the reason why, so that we should be able to say that ideas about Poor Laws were around in 1600's that we could identify with today's competition.

We would have no...