The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Law and Welfare BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time joint honours programme within the Social Policy subject area.
- Subject area: Social Policy
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: ML14
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Social Policy looks at the ways in which we as a society promote the welfare of individuals and families. You study some of today's central issues, such as poverty, well-being, ill health, education, crime, homelessness and child protection. This includes looking at both the nature of social problems and also at the policies directed towards them by government, and at the role of voluntary and private welfare. You look at debates regarding how best to provide health care, how to provide affordable housing, how to balance work and family life, and how to achieve equality for women, minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities. In studying these and many other vital topics, you develop the knowledge and skills to help you succeed in your future career.
What is distinctive about studying Social Policy at Kent is that the programme is highly flexible and provides a wide range of option choices, offered by leading academics. The programme is based within the School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, which has consistently achieved the highest ratings for the quality of its teaching and research. It will help you develop the knowledge and skills that will appeal to a range of employers in welfare-related occupations and beyond (see overleaf under Careers).
You take five core modules (75 credits), plus a further 45 credits from options.Core modules
- Social Problems and Social Policy: The Market, the Family and the State
- Social Problems and Social Policy: Youth, the Family and the State
- Sociology of Everyday Life
- Fundamentals of Sociology
- Introduction to Criminology
- Modern Culture
A choice of a wide range of modules offered by the Faculty of Social Sciences.
You take 90 credits of core modules and 150 credits of options.Core modules
- Key Issues in Welfare Systems
- Social Research Methods
- The Welfare System in Britain
You draw your options from a list that currently includes:
- The Care and Protection of Children
- Childhood, Society and Children's Rights
- Criminal Justice in Modern Britain
- Education, Training and Social Policy
- Environmental Policy and Practice
- Gender, Work and the Family: Exploring the Work-Life Balance
- Health and Health Policy
- Health, Illness and Medicine
- Issues in Social Care
- Kent Student Certificate for Volunteering (Platinum Award)
- Mental Health
- Poverty, Inequality and Social Security
- Refugees and Forced Migration
- Reproductive Health Policy in Britain
- The Social Politics of Food
- The Third Sector: Non-profit Associations, Charities, NGOs and Social Enterprise in Modern Society
- Understanding People with Learning Disabilities
- Youth and Crime.
Plus other modules drawn from the Faculty of Social Sciences.
Teaching and assessment
Usually you have four lectures and four seminars a week and additional tutorial input spread over the year. Some modules involve workshops to develop key personal and study skills, or computing and project work, which you can do individually or in teams. In addition, you spend time in individual study, using the resources of the University Library and computer-assisted learning packages.
Most modules in the School are assessed by 50% coursework and 50% end-of-year examination. A small number are assessed entirely by coursework. Marks from both Stages 2 and 3 count towards your final degree result. Stage 1 results do not count towards the final mark, but entry to Stage 2 depends on passing Stage 1 assessments.
We place a high emphasis on developing transferable skills such as those in written and verbal presentation, groupwork and the use of ICT. Our graduates fare extremely well in terms of finding employment, whether in directly related areas such as social work and health care; policy analysis in the public and voluntary sector; human resource management and advice services; education and research; and management in the Civil Service, local authorities or other public agencies, the voluntary sector; or beyond.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
All programmes can lead to a qualifying law degree, which exempts you from the first stage of professional examinations required for qualification as a solicitor or as a barrister by the English Law Society and Bar Council.
Any applicant to Law (this includes all Law programmes, including all joint programmes) who is currently studying or has previously studied law at university level, even if the qualification was only partly completed or is incomplete, must state this clearly in the qualifications section of the UCAS form, and provide transcripts detailing this study direct to the university where available.
International Foundation Programme students
Passing the IFP with a overall average of 60%, including passing all components and achieving 60% in the academic skills and English modules, and, 60% in Law, if taken, guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme
A/AS levels: AAB (over 3 A levels or equivalent), IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 17 points at Higher.
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Key Information Sets
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