Welcome to Social Policy at Birmingham

We understand that it might be hard to picture what your first year at University will look like in these uncertain times. That's why we wanted to offer some materials to help you to get prepared and learn a little more about what Social Policy at Birmingham is all about.

Summer reading

recommended by our lecturers


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


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.

What is Social Policy?

Where can Social Policy take you?

An Introduction to Social policy

Download a PDF copy of our Introductory Guide to Social Policy, which includes key concepts, recommended reading and links to online resources.