Kepa Artaraz is Principal Lecturer in Social Policy in the School of Applied Social Science. He is also the subject leader for Social Policy. Kepa teaches across the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, contributing to both social policy and politics teaching as well as to the Masters in Public Administration (MPA). He is course leader for the BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy and for the BSc (Hons) Social Policy and Practice.
Kepa coordinates and teaches modules at every level, including SS407 Social Policy and Social Welfare; SS447 Preparing for Practice; SS551Social Policy Placement; SS624 Global Social Policy and SS657 Latin American Politics. In addition to his academic work, Kepa contributes critical commentary and analysis to online magazines, including Open Democracy, New Left Project, Kaos en la Red and Rebelión.
Because it is not studied in secondary education social policy is not a subject area that many young people are familiar with. However, once it becomes clear that, as a subject, social policy involves the multidisciplinary study and understanding of wellbeing and of the interventions that can maximise wellbeing in society, lectures and seminars quickly come to life. This is because the scope and breadth of social policy has implications for everyone’s lives. I find teaching social policy particularly rewarding because of this.
I think of my lecturer role as that of guidance provider, helping students develop the critical thinking skills required to question the taken-for-granted knowledge that often drives our decisions about how we live. In this quest, I often resort to offering students alternative ways of thinking about wellbeing and welfare drawing on examples from other societies, cultures or ideologies.
Given that social policy seeks collective understanding and responses to achieving wellbeing, I employ collaborative learning in classroom settings, emphasising group work, debate and the development of critical skills that can better aid the formation of critical and active students and citizens. In addition, our social policy degree includes year-long placements in organisations where our students are able to put into practice their academic knowledge about social policy and further develop their employability skills.
I take an international and global perspective to the study of different aspects of social policy. I have a particular research interest in social exclusion, indigenous understandings of wellbeing, political participation, south-south forms of solidarity networks, and the regionalisation of social policy. These are aspects of research that have I worked on in relation to the Latin American region.
Dr Kepa ArtarazPrincipal Lecturer
Social PolicySchool of Applied Social ScienceUniversity of BrightonFalmer CampusBrightonBN1 9PH
Tel: +44 (0)1273 644534
A former nurse with work experience in acute units both in Spain and the UK, I left nursing to take a BA (Hons) in Sociology and Health Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. This was followed by an MPhil in Research Methods/Latin American Politics at the University of Glasgow and a PhD that examined the role of intellectuals in Cuban society.
Later, I gained research experience in various areas of public policy, including widening participation in higher education, followed by a two-year, national evaluation of the Connexions Service for young people at risk. I combined these posts with periods of lecturing at the Universities of Wolverhampton, Nottingham and Chester.
I began working at the University of Brighton in 2006 where I have developed my international and global research interests especially in the Latin American region. In 2008/9, I took a year out of academia to live in La Paz, Bolivia, where I was able to witness a profound process of political and social change that led to a number of publications and projects.
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