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This is the core subject for third year students undertaking a major in Crime Justice and Legal Studies. Using theories, methods and knowledge derived from the Criminology, Legal Studies and the Social Sciences, it examines the relationship between law, policy, social cohesion and change. You will explore how law and policy making processes frame and respond to emerging issues and social problems by focusing on case studies concerning vaccination, health, marriage, criminal law, multiculturalism, mutual obligation, work, the economy and welfare. By focusing on the development and implementation of policy, you will consider the tension between policy aims and their political, legal and social effects. After taking this subject, you will have a critical appreciation of the context, dynamics and outcomes of law and social policy, and will have honed your skills by formulating you own policy proposal.