Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research

Making sense of the social world

Social policy

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Social Policy offers an exciting, varied and highly relevant programme of study looking at current social problems and the way they are addressed.


The study of social policy looks at the ways in which we as a society promote the welfare of individuals and families. You study central issues such as poverty, health, crime, education, 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 other sources of welfare such as the role of voluntary and private sectors. Particular emphasis is placed on comparing social policies developed in the UK with those in other countries. Studying social policy, you develop essential knowledge and skills which help you to succeed in your future career.

International social policy at postgraduate level provides you with an advanced understanding of current debates, theories and concepts relevant to international social policy. You learn about the common features of social policy arrangements internationally and the diversity and differences that characterise welfare in different countries.


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Last Updated: 09/01/2018