|Study location||United Kingdom, Birmingham|
|Type||Bachelor courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||3 years|
|Tuition fee||To be confirmed|
High school / secondary education (or higher)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill)
At least 1 reference(s) must be provided.
A motivation letter must be added to your application.
Do prisons do more harm than good? What is the relationship between poverty and crime?
Our Social Policy and Criminology joint honours degree will offer you an exciting opportunity to examine issues which strike at the heart of many contemporary political and media debates. This joint honours course combines popular degree subjects that offer complementary insights into a range of social problems and social harms. The course will enable you to consider the ways that different societies produce contrasting levels of ‘problems’ and ‘harms’, such as drug and alcohol addiction, homicide, homelessness and workplace injury. Students will be encouraged to consider the reasons why these are designated as being either ‘crimes’ or ‘social policy’ issues and therefore are dealt with through contrasting ‘welfare’ or ‘criminal justice’ responses.
Modules in the first year
The programme comprises a number of core modules designed to develop student’s knowledge and research skills and to support the progression to more independent forms of study.
Introduction to Social Policy
Social Science, Social Problems and Social Policy
Social Research I
Introduction to Criminology
Violence in a Global Context
Plus one optional module of up to 20 credits.
Modules in the second year
Social Research II
Criminal Justice Systems
Punishment in a Global Context
Students can choose either to apply for the 20-credit Doing Justice* Criminology module and 20 credits from the remaining options, or choose 40 credits from the following options:
Social Theory and Social Policy
Comparative Social Policy
Poverty, Wealth, Class and Inequality
Gender and Sexuality
Sociology of Race’ and Ethnicity – A Global Perspective
Social Policy and Disability
Terror, Threat and Security
Managing Health and Social Care
The Third Sector and Social Enterprise
Housing and Communities
Self and Society
Media and Society
*This module is limited in terms of the number of placements and requires students to apply.
Applicants must have secured 55% overall for their first year but successfully complete a pre-placement interview. Other placement opportunities are available via the Careers Service and Volunteering through the Guild of Students.
Modules in the third year
To balance your Joint Honours you must then select two Criminology modules from:
Harmful Societies: Crime, Social Harm and Social Justice
Youth Crime and Justice
Crime and the City
Prospects for Social Policy
From Beveridge to May
Quantitative Analysis I and Quantitative Analysis II
Migration and Super Diversity
Your Money and Your Life
Sociology of Personal Life
Doing or Not Doing God? Religion, Policy and Politics
Sociology of Health and Illness
Technology and Society
‘Freedom’, Control and Critique
Professional Development Module
There are a number of job paths for you to take after graduating. There are graduate schemes in managing welfare services in health care, the third sector and local government which can be popular choices with our graduates. Since a degree in Social Policy is based upon how policy is made it is a great degree for working in the civil service, local government or for think tanks. Our graduate also gain students many transferable skills such as critical thinking, written and verbal communication and team work which give them the flexibility to go into a wide range of employment opportunities:
NHS management trainee scheme
Marketing project manager
Social enterprise co-ordinator
Campaign manager for an MP
Graduate land buyer
We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.