**Please note that Combined Honours degrees at Liverpool Hope University are split 50/50. This means both subjects will be studied equally.** **Childhood & Youth** Childhood and Youth is an **exciting, multidisciplinary subject** in which you will explore a range of issues and challenges faced by children and young people in contemporary society, both here in the UK and on a global level. Drawing on **key ideas from sociology, psychology, politics, history and geography**, the degree examines important questions about children and young people’s development, their life chances and their opportunities for participation in wider society. Topics studied include how social class, poverty, gender and ethnicity impact upon young people’s lives; how the media influence how children and young people are perceived by adults, and how they view themselves; and why young people take part in risky activities. In examining such questions, you will also **explore various political debates and policy initiatives**, as well as learning about various ways of researching with children and young people that aim to help them overcome the many challenges that they face. With its strong emphasis on social justice and welfare, the degree will enable you to develop as critical social scientists who value their role within the academic community at Hope and who, as graduates, will be able to use their skills and knowledge to the benefit of their local community and society more broadly. **Drama** Do you want to learn about the history of theatre and how to analyse it? Do you want to discover how to understand a play and how to write intelligently about it? Do you have a **passion for playwriting** and want to explore your ideas with the support of established practitioners and playwrights? If yes, then this Drama degree is for you. At Liverpool Hope you will **study both the creative and theoretical aspects of drama and performance**. Our qualified staff will introduce you to a range of practices and ideas for you to explore through performance, presentation and written work. We make full use of the many theatres in Liverpool and you will spend time watching and reviewing work from the Everyman, Playhouse and Royal Court. Theatre-going and a programme of learning, involving our own staff and a range of guest lecturers and artists, combine to provide a theatrical vocabulary. It also offers an understanding and deepening insight that allows us to question established practices, create new work and new interpretations of plays to be presented and discussed in one of our **well-equipped studio theatre spaces**. The degree is taught at the Creative Campus near Liverpool city centre, giving you the benefit of a small campus experience that is supportive of big ambitions. Drama does not exist in a social vacuum. It is a vibrant commentary on lives lived, lost and longed for. Throughout your time in the Drama, Dance and Performance Studies Department you will be asked to place performance work in a social and ethical context that deepens societal understanding and broadens personal responsibility.