Your first year is designed to help you find your feet and get up to speed with the subject. Modules in the first year offer an introduction to our key themes which shape our Social Policy degree:
- Key concepts in social policy: for example, need, citizenship, equality, difference, globalisation and risk
- The mixed policy economy of wellbeing
- Key topics of social policy: health, education, housing, migration, poverty, social security and income maintenance
- The demographic and socio-economic context of social policy provision
- The construction of social issues and problems and changing policy responses over time
- Introductory research skills
- An introduction to criminology to explore the criminalisation of social problems and the shifting nature of social policy responses
To be able to take a year abroad you must have an average weighting of 55% by the end of this academic year.
- Introduction to Social Policy
- Social Science, Social Problems and Social Policy
- Social Research I
- Philosophies of Welfare
- Introduction to Social Divisions
- Widening Horizons Module
Taken together, your core and optional modules will provide you with opportunities to develop your understanding of social policy, and the space to explore new areas of academic study.
In your second year you will consolidate and build upon the knowledge base and skills gained in your first year. The focus here initially is upon supporting students in developing their research and analytical skills so that you have the capabilities of both conducting your own small scale investigations of a social problem of your choice in your final year of study. Additionally this equips you with a range of practical skills and knowledge needed in the wider world of work after your degree.
During your second year you must apply for a place at an overseas institution. Full information will be provided during your study and you are supported in making this application. Allocation of places for international exchanges is done by the international office (university-wide competition), alongside this there are a number of Erasmus exchange schemes you can consider. The Year Abroad tutor will assist you and be able to offer advice during your studies.
There are two core modules in year two:
- Policy Analysis
- Social Research II
You can also choose a further four optional modules which reflect your particular interests from a range of subject areas. You may wish to continue developing analytical skills and your understanding of the social and political worlds, or develop specialist knowledge in a range of key social policy topics.
Optional modules include:
- Social Theory and Social Policy
- Comparative Social Policy
- Poverty, Class and Inequality
- Gender and Sexuality
- ‘Sociology of Race’ and Ethnicity – A Global Perspective
- Social Policy and Disability
- Managing Health and Social Care
- Third Sector and Social Enterprise
- Housing and Communities
- Terror, Threat and Security
- Punishment in a Global Context
- Education, Policy and Social Justice
- Self and Society
- Media and Society
- Global Societies
Your third year will be spent abroad at a university in the EU or elsewhere in the world. After completing your year abroad, you will return for your fourth and final year to the same BA degree programme. There are a wide range of countries and universities from which you can choose. As well as a range of European universities, you may also choose from a range of current institutional partners worldwide. These include countries in which a variety of languages are spoken, including universities at which courses are taught in English.
Modules in the final year
By your final year you will be ready to conduct your own research project. Your core module is a choice between a research-based dissertation or an extended essay. Module options at this level will enable you to focus on additional areas of the research expertise of the School of Social Policy, further enabling you to benefit from research excellence and leading, contemporary research.
If you choose to do the dissertation (40 credits) as your core module then you can select four optional modules. If you choose to do the extended essay (20 credits) you can choose five optional modules.
Optional modules include:
- Prospects for Social Policy
- From Beveridge to May
- Quantitative Analysis I and Quantitative Analysis II
- Migration and Super-Diversity
- Your Money and Your Life
- Harmful Societies
- Sociology of Personal Life
- Divided Publics
- Doing or Not Doing God? Religion, Policy and Politics
- Crime and the City
- Sociology of Health and Illness
- Political Sociology
- Technology and Society
- ‘Freedom’, Control and Critique
- Drugs, Policy and Society
- Professional Development Module
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.