**Please note that Combined Honours degrees at Liverpool Hope University are split 50/50. This means both subjects will be studied equally.** **Religious Studies** Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope **explores the practice and significance of religion in contemporary society** through the study of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Indic traditions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. A balance between the study of religious texts and lived religion in the contemporary world is maintained throughout the degree. Religious Studies pays close attention to what supporters to these religions believe, and explores the very real differences that exist between various groups within each faith. Throughout your studies, you will **analyse and contextualise the theology behind key religions** to appreciate their history and their relevance to the social and political landscape. All of our **teaching is research-informed** and you will be taught by highly-qualified academics, all of whom have a PhD in the area, who are both active and published researchers and committed teachers. We work hard to provide top-quality educational opportunities for all our students, and the Department has recently invested heavily in learning resources; combined **library holdings** in Theology and Religion are now in **excess of 100,000 volumes**. Above all, the Religious Studies degree treats religions as lived faiths by looking at the way that they are followed in Britain and across the globe today. You acquire skills in the different methods of studying religion. The degree looks at questions of faith and life and at the same time is intellectually challenging. By drawing out the complex issues that surround religious belief and expression, the degree equips you to engage with the pressing questions of our time and to play your part in promoting religious and social harmony. **Social Policy** Social Policy explores the ways in which welfare provision is delivered in society, exploring who is eligible for support and who provides it. Our Social Policy degree is **multidisciplinary in its approach** and draws on ideas from sociology, economics, politics and geography. It explores a number of issues, including ill health and wellbeing, child welfare, unemployment, anti-social behaviour, educational opportunity, disability, homelessness, lone parents, mental health, globalisation, crime and immigration. Studying Social Policy at Liverpool Hope University allows you to explore the answers to questions such as should the state be the main provider of welfare and what roles should the private profit making or voluntary sectors have? How should scarce resources be allocated in society? How can we understand different approaches to welfare delivery across different historical periods in British society? Why do women and minority ethnic groups experience greater levels of disadvantage? The degree draws on an **experienced team of lecturers who are published in the field of social policy/social welfare** and are experts in particular fields of the discipline. The **Department is also a member of the national network of Social Policy** course providers and benefits from engagement with national subject debates. There are a number of fieldtrips to enhance your learning, and we also have annual research days where leading academics, civil servants and politicians come to talk about various social problems and social issues.