Social Policy is about what human beings need, and how societies seek to meet those needs. All societies face those challenges – and how they meet them is of vital importance to all of our lives, and to a wide array of professional fields. Social Policy is a constantly evolving subject area, shaped by factors from globalisation, through national agendas and social movements, down to local priorities and individual circumstances.
The Social Policy degree explores how society promotes the well-being of its members by looking at general themes and values – social justice, equality, fairness and citizenship – alongside specific focal points of policy such as health, education, poverty, the family and crime. We look critically at the nature of human needs, at how best to meet them, and at whose responsibility that should be.
The degree provides an excellent basis for further professional and vocational training in settings and fields such as local government, policy development, law, teaching and social work, as well as for postgraduate study or research.
You will benefit from a carefully-structured programme of study including lectures, workshops, tutorials, surgeries and, guest lectures by professionals, practitioners and well-known academics. Our core staff have a strong, international profile in research, consulting on policy in Wales, the UK and beyond.
You will have the opportunity to complete a work placement on a day release basis. Recent employers have included voluntary organisations, social housing companies and national and local charities.
The University’s Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.
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