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BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health and Housing (Top-up)

UCAS Code: L410 Institution Code: S51
Start Date/End Date: September 2017 - June 2018
September 2018 - June 2019
Duration: 1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Peter Gore Telephone: 01744 623253
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BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health and Housing (Top-up)
Programme Specification
Validated By: 
University of Chester
Additional validation by:
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The BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health & Housing top-up degree will provide you with the opportunity to analyse developments in contemporary social policy with a particular focus on community and housing issues. Students will also benefit from the degree's validation by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), the professional body for the housing sector. A number of modules on this degree count towards membership.

The degree aims to develop your awareness of the work of agencies at a local level and in areas such as criminal justice. It stresses the importance of effective and cooperative approaches to improving welfare outcomes, particularly at a time of radical changes to public services and welfare reforms.

As a student, having completed our foundation degree or perhaps with work experience in a relevant field, you will have a chance to combine rigorous academic study with practical placement activity. We also pride ourselves on the contributions that guest lecturers have made to our students' experience; these include recent visits by Lynnie Hinnigan of Local Solutions and Guardian writer Erwin James.

Course in-depth

What will I study?

Year 1 (Level 6)

You will link theory and practice through undertaking a 60-hour placement and project. You will also have the opportunity to develop your independent study and learning skills through an extended piece of academic work involving substantial research, planning and analysis.

You will explore how to analyse and evaluate the application of social policy in relation to criminal justice. Problems and issues in the wider context of 'community', and with reference to concepts such as social capital and multiculturalism will also be explored. Additionally, you will link the study of social policy issues with an understanding of models of politics and theories of democracy, and with an examination of practical ethics and contemporary issues.

The Learning Experience

This degree makes clear the connections between social welfare, health and housing issues, while focusing on multi-agency and community approaches to social problems. By choosing to study Social Policy, Health and Housing you will find yourself examining the concepts of citizenship and individual rights, equality and fairness. You will also look critically at poverty and health inequalities, the legal and criminal justice systems, and problems faced by NHS users, carers, social housing providers and tenants in a rapidly changing world.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, seminars, self-directed study, written work, presentations, group work and guest lectures.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is employed throughout the course through both formative and summative assessments including written coursework assignments, essays, extended pieces of work, examinations, presentations, reports and a dissertation.

Who will be teaching me?

An experienced team with a wide range of interests reflecting all areas of social policy, health and housing will work with you. Lecturers are active researchers in their field and have experience of working in industry.

Ref: Peter Gore