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

Reasons to study Social Policy, Health and Housing

  • This degree receives additional validation from the Chartered Institute of Housing, the professional body for the housing sector.
  • Link theory and practice to enhance your knowledge of social policy and the connected industries for careers in local authorities, social welfare agencies and housing associations.
  • Develop valuable employability skills and experience by undertaking a placement to further enhance your knowledge and employability.
UCAS Code: L410
Institution Code: S51
Start Date/End Date: September 2018 - June 2019
September 2019 - June 2020
Duration: 1 year full-time
Campus: Town Centre Campus
Course Contact: Ilaria Brancatelli
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COURSE SPECIFICATION AND HANDBOOK
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see the course specification for 2017

For detailed information about studying this course at University Centre St Helens, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: - 2017 Entry (Coming Soon)
Validated By: 
University of Chester
Additional validation by:
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The BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health and Housing top-up will provide you with the opportunity to analyse developments in contemporary social policy with a particular focus on community and housing issues.

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.

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.

Additionally, you will have a chance to combine rigorous academic study with practical placement activity to further enhance your knowledge and employability.

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.

Industry Recognised

The BA (Hons) Social Policy, Health and Housing (Top-up) degree receives additional validation from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). This is in recognition that the degree supports the housing profession. All students studying for the degree are entitled to apply for free student membership of the CIH. This allows students to access a range of CIH resources and services that are of great assistance to academic study and provide an introduction to this professional body. CIH student membership allows students to access up-to-date information and advice on policy issues and best practice and to boost professional skills.

How will I study?

Learning will be theoretical and practical through lectures, workshops, seminars, selfdirected study, written work, presentations, group work and guest lectures. In addition to classroom- ased study, you will also have the opportunity to observe social policies in practice by visiting local authorities, housing associations and social welfare agencies.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through written coursework assignments, essays, extended pieces of work, examinations, presentations, reports and a dissertation.

Who will be teaching me?

Our experienced and knowledgeable staff take pride in the quality of their teaching. 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. In addition, visiting speakers assist in the delivery of the degree, often providing novel approaches to, or presenting unique aspects of, particular subjects.

Ref: Ilaria Brancatelli