Social Policy is the study of how societies respond to human need and seek to promote the well-being of their members.
It examines policies in a wide variety of areas, including social security, education, health, housing and personal social services, as well policies seeking to address new challenges such as tackling global warming and promoting environmental sustainability.
Studying Social Policy provides students with a critical understanding of the challenges of responding to human need and managing the provision of social services. This includes debates about the goals of policy: how we decide what human needs are, whose responsibility it is to meet human needs, and what we mean by ‘social justice’.
Social Policy provides students with a thorough grounding in key debates and theories regarding the state, society and well-being. Students will learn how to evaluate and interpret evidence, apply theories and examine policies in an objective fashion.
You can choose to study the following Social Policy programmes:
|Degree name||UCAS Code|
|Criminology and Social Policy (BSc)||8D46|
|Sociology and Social Policy (BSc)||8K46|
Social Policy students benefit from the active involvement of teaching staff who have undertaken research and policy advice at local, national and international levels.
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