**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. **English Language** Language has a profound influence on our way of thinking, seeing and interpreting the world around us. It is a persuasive tool and is used as an instrument of power by governments and large organisations. Our English Language degree **examines a wide variety of versions of English and their social, cultural and historical contexts**. It has been specially designed with a focus on the role of language in society and to give you an overview of the historical development of English. You also explore the international role of English as a global phenomenon. With its emphasis on real language in use, the degree examines the relationship between language and society through the **analysis of contemporary materials** such as news texts. We pride ourselves on offering a **challenging and stimulating degree with a wide range of innovative teaching** and assessment methods. You will be **taught by academics who are actively engaged in research** and have published in their specialist fields. We provide you with a supportive and collegial environment that helps you to reach your full potential. With a strong commitment to small-group teaching and the personal development of all of our students, we strive to support you in the pursuit of academic excellence.