Social Policy

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A Social Policy degree will enable you to understand to nature of social issues in the UK and beyond. It will encourage you to think through both the causes and consequences of social issues and to think about solutions to some of the biggest problems facing society today.

It is important to keep up with academic and topical debate as well as current affairs. Below we have listed some useful resources that can get you started:


Social Science Bites

Thinking Allowed

The Sociological Review


Online resources

Discover Society is an online journal which cuts across politics, economics, sociology, criminology and social policy – a truly social science publication. It offers lots of topical debates and discussions which will be relevant to your studies. 

The Conversation is a website which contains short articles on a range of subjects written by academics. These articles are written in a more journalistic fashion than ordinary academic articles and is a great resource to help keep up with current academic debates.



Exploring Welfare Debates: Key Concepts and Questions, Lee Gregory

Why we Need Welfare, Pete Alcock

How Politics Makes Us Sick: Neoliberal Epidemics, Ted Schrecker and Clare Bambra

White Privilege: The myth of a post-racial society, Kalwant Bhopal

The Violence of Austerity, Vicki Cooper and David Whyte

Hunger Pains, Kayleigh Garthwaite

Poverty Propaganda, Tracy Shildrick

Stigma, Imogen Tyler