The Social Policy and Social Change with Foundation Year programme is built on a foundation of the University teaching social policy for a number of years. However, this exciting programme focuses on the role of social policy in bringing about social change. In society we face critical problems that pose challenges for the health and wellbeing of our society, such as persistent poverty, food insecurity and climate change. How can we create solutions that tackle these problems – and why have we not done so already? How citizens engage – and are enabled to engage - with policy makers is critical to a healthy society. However, some citizens - namely white, wealthy and male citizens - have a disproportionate influence on the design and implementation of the policies that shape our lives. Events such as COVID 19 and climate change, and social movements such as Extinction Rebellion and Black Lives Matter, show how citizen involvement can be crucial in highlighting social problems. However, sometimes interactions between the state and its citizens leads to social change – and shifts in policy direction - and sometimes they do not. Social Policy and Social Change will examine how social problems are identified, talked about and responded to, by politicians, by the media and by us, as citizens. It will critically review how social policy has failed to address deep-rooted inequalities experienced by certain individuals and communities, relating to age, class, disability, ethnicity, gender, locality, religion and sexuality. Supported by a teaching team who are actively engaged in community-based research, you will join a dynamic and inclusive learning environment which will look at a range of services aimed at meeting welfare needs in our society. Through a diverse range of case studies, shaped by student and teacher expertise and interest, we will reflect on the health and wealth of our society. Through policy areas such as health and social care, education, and income benefits, we will ask why inequalities persist and what the future holds for the welfare state.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
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English language requirements
As an EU or International applicant you will need to showcase your English language proficiency skills during your admissions process. The below qualifications are accepted for a number of courses, please be aware these scores are a guide on what is acceptable. http://wlv.ac.uk/english We have a suite of courses that require differing English language proficiency, these requirements are there to ensure that you have the correct ability to achieve your desired qualification with us. You will also need to check each individual course page for accuracy as our Professional, Statutory and Regulatory Bodies courses require specific English qualifications prior to entry.
English Language Requirements - EU and International Applicants
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