Social policy takes you right to the heart of some of the most hotly debated social issues of our time and addresses the controversial questions discussed by the media, the public and the Government. Our course was ranked 4th in the UK in terms of student satisfaction with teaching (Guardian league tables 2017) and will open up a range of rewarding careers in areas such as the criminal justice system, housing, NHS authorities, the police, local or central government, social enterprise and the voluntary sector. Social policy draws on a variety of other subjects including sociology, politics, economics, social psychology, ethics and values, history, cultural and media studies. Together, we’ll consider the reasons behind, and responses to, a wide range of social issues: - social exclusion, social justice, inequality, poverty and homelessness - health and social care and well-being - family policies - crime and community safety, antisocial behaviour - citizenship - ethnicity and racism You’ll learn how social policy is formulated and implemented, and get to grips with the theory behind social policy-making in an exciting and challenging environment. We think it’s important for you to get out into the real world too, so you’ll have the chance to take part in an internship (work experience placement) where you’ll put your practical skills to the test. You will get a chance to shadow workers, attend meetings, experience service delivery and carry out some tasks to help your placement organisation. In the past students have attended settings such as local authorities, community organisations, care homes and charities including Jimmy’s Cambridge, FoodCycle and Railway House to only name a few. If you’re keen to see how other countries tackle social issues, there’s an opportunity for you to study abroad in Sweden for one semester in Year 2. You will be asked to study a Swedish language module and will benefit from the University of Umea’s international perspective and a specialist focus on politics. Students from Shanghai will also join your course in Year 3 and bring an additional cultural dimension. Throughout the course, there’s a strong emphasis on student participation and consultation, and you’ll learn to approach policy issues in a rational, analytical way. You’ll go on visits, and we’ll bring in experts who’ll inform – and perhaps challenge – you with their experiences. For example, the Cambridge County Council Youth Offending team lecture on the course and even get students to take part in a mock trial. Our experts will share their experience with you and engage you in debates about ethical and academic issues. When you graduate, you’ll be confident, well-informed – able to identify and research a range of social problems, look at the policies that respond to them, evaluate those policies, and help to create and implement new policies if needed.