The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Sociology and Social Policy

Why choose this course?

The programme gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the complexities of the world we live in. Students can then apply their sociological knowledge in the study and critical analysis of key social issues in contemporary society, the impact these social issues have on people’s lives and the social policy responses to deal with these issues. The course equips students with knowledge and skills appropriate for a range of graduate roles in the statutory, voluntary and commercial sector.

Further information on Sociology and Social Policy.

What happens on the course?

Year 1 offers a sound introduction to Social Policy and Sociology. The development of the post war welfare state and related social change provide the basis for many of the social policy modules. Alongside this, Sociology modules introduce students to key concepts and methods that will allow you to develop a ‘sociological imagination’, which you can then apply to the study of social institutions and social processes such as crime, women’s campaigning and work in the community. There is also an opportunity to gain academic credits through a volunteering placement which can provide valuable links with the world of work.

Year 2 deepens your understanding of concepts and methods in sociology and introduces you to the theoretical perspectives used in the discipline as well as exploring how these relate to contemporary Britain. In Social Policy you will start to explore the difficult questions around paying for welfare services and explore how these decisions are made by Governments. As in level 1 there is an opportunity to benefit from a volunteering placement.

Year 3 focuses on the application of theory and practice in social policy, looking at the way that welfare is managed and the joined up nature of policy implementation. This year also develops your skills in the methods and theories required for sociological reasoning, and enables you to specialise in subjects such as, gender and 'Third World' development, globalisation, work and society, health and global education issues. Students will have the opportunity to work with an academic supervisor on a project tailored to your own interest or in a research project in a community based organisation.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1

Semester 2

4SA007 Introduction to Social Policy

C

4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy

4SL005 The Sociological Imagination

C

4SL009 Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory

4GK006 Success in HE

4GK005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

C/O

4GK006 Success in HE

4GK004 Volunteering in the Community

4GK010 Contemporary Capitalism

4HU002 4UH003 Popular Culture

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1

Semester 2

5SA007 Paying for Welfare

C

5SA009 Communities in Social Policy

5SL005 Issues and Debates in Sociological Thought

C

5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research

5GK015 Contemporary Britain or

5SL003 Contemporary Families: Debates and Controversies

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

C/O

5GK005 Volunteering in Action or

5GK015 Contemporary Britain

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

5SL002 Making Gender

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1

Semester 2

6SA003 Poverty and Social Exclusion

C

6SA001 Participation and Policy and/or

6SA002 Children and Families in UK Social Policy

6SL008 Globalisation, Struggles and Resistance

C

6SL011 The Sociology of Migration or /and

6SL002 Global Education Issues

6SL003 Independent Project in Sociology* or

6SA004 Independent Project in Social Policy* or

6SL004 Community Link in Sociology* or

6SA007 Community Link in Social Policy* or

6SA005 Policy Making in Britain or

6SL010 Gender and Development in Non-Western Societies or

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

C/O

6SL003 Independent Project in Sociology* or

6SA004 Independent Project in Social Policy* or

6SL004 Community Link in Sociology* or

6SA007 Community Link in Social Policy*

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

Why Wolverhampton?

The combination of sociology and social policy provides students with essential theoretical and methodological tools required to describe and analyse aspects of social life, and to comprehend the nature, importance and impact of social policy on our quality of life.

Students will have the opportunity to put their knowledge into practice through community-based learning programmes. Community placements deepen your appreciation of these two disciplines and enhance your employment opportunities.

You will be taught by skilled staff who are committed to high quality teaching and who are research-active. We bring to the class room a wide range of experience in the fields of sociological research and social policy provision.

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".

What our students think

“Social policy is never stationary, and unlike other degrees, social policy is concerned with the past, present and future, enabling students to understand new policies and how to implement them in the work place” Hayley graduated 2011

Career path

Sociology and Social Policy graduates continue to be attracted to a wide range of careers, mostly in the public and voluntary sectors. Careers in public sector management, regeneration and social exclusion, social research, policy writing, social support, housing and community work are all accessible for graduates.

Post-graduate courses in Sociology, Social Policy, Social Work or a wide variety of related areas are also available to sociology and social policy graduates.

Comment from our External Examiner for 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".

What skills will you gain?

A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in Sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological thought;
  • apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and policy interventions.
  • to critically review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of sociological evidence in relation to various disciplined-based theories, and to mobilise a reasoned sociological argument;
  • conduct preliminary research, and communicate findings to a range of audiences, using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways;
  • reflect upon and understand social, political and cultural diversity;
  • apply a critical approach to methods of inquiry and evaluation in Social Policy contexts.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

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.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
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

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