Students will be able to identify and understand the challenges faced in society when trying to adopt an inclusive approach to all aspects of life within a diverse society. They will have opportunities to consider a variety of issues and perspectives surrounding working with diverse groups, deaf people being considered in detail. Concepts of poverty, inclusion, social justice will be studied in relation to government response and policy. The course fosters cooperative and independent work as well as critical reflection. Students will be encouraged to develop effective communication in an interactive context utilising digital literacy.
What will I study in Deaf Studies
Your first year studies will give you knowledge of deafness and the lives of deaf people in the context of key issues related to the inclusion all disabled children and adults.
Communication issues especially learning British Sign Language will support your understanding of minority and diverse groups in society.
In your second year you will acquire the skills needed to research the experiences of deaf/disabled children and adults.
Building upon level one you will expand your knowledge of deaf children and their development.
You will be challenged to consider the appropriate educational provision. Throughout your second year you can continue to learn British Sign Language at Intermediate level.
In your final year as well as British Sign Language you will learn Deaf Blind Communication, Guiding Policies and Practice. Final year studies include a full analysis of critical issues affecting the lives of deaf people.
You may opt for Research Placement in either subject.
You will cultivate your approaches to supporting inclusive practices for future professional life.
What will I study in Social Policy?
Year one offers an introduction to social policy and critical thinking. The development of the post war welfare state and related social change are followed by a consideration of the theories and concepts that underpin the study social policy : theories of fairness, equality and social justice
Year two looks at policy responses to poverty, social exclusion, crime, ill health and social care and how these are linked to the economy. Research skills are development in readiness for year three
Year three focuses on the application of theory and practice examining how welfare is managed and the “ joined up” nature of policy implementation in preparation for jobs in social research.
Students are taught to understand the relationships between policy funding and provision with practical reference to diverse groups in society by investigating social fairness and justice.
Amongst diverse groups in society is the Deaf Community in the UK and students have the opportunity to learn British Sign Language, to appreciate notions of bilingualism and biculturalism by completing research for a voluntary agency.
As a priority, academic and pastoral support is provided by tutors from day one of the course. Peer mentoring offers an extra support mechanism. The course offers academic rigour and relevance to future professional life.
Comment from our External Examiner on provision:
For Social Policy:
"Three areas stand out. First, the enthusiasm and commitment of the course team is very impressive and one gets the feel of a student body that receives significant support. Second, the courses continue to have a strong contemporary orientation, with policy developments reflected quickly in course material. Third, the use of case study type assessment was particularly impressive".
You will have a real advantage when entering work because a degree in Deaf Studies and Social Policy will enable you to immediately enter a range of careers.
Comment from our External Examiner on employability:
For Social Policy:
"The assessment strategy and methods of assessment continue to be impressive and effectively address the learning outcomes of courses. Forms of assessment are suitably varied and in particular, I feel that the 'case study' type work is helpful - this allows students to explore an aspect of their own experience of work in the context of policy theory".
Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.
You will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.
Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.
|Part time #||£2,780|
The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study