This programme will enable you to study a major European language, as well as the literature, artistic developments and theories associated with it, alongside social policy. Social policy is the study of the distribution of welfare and wellbeing within societies and the policies which influence that distribution. The programme aims to develop your engagement with the language, histories, literatures, cultures and societies of countries which speak French in and beyond Europe. Through intense training in the target language you will acquire near-native fluency. Beyond the intensive study of the French language, you will explore the exciting contribution of French speakers to world culture. French political and philosophical ideas have played a central role in creating our modern civilisation. As a large subject area, the French department at Edinburgh can offer you a wide range of courses spanning the Middle Ages to the 21st century, including specialist options in literature, film and politics taught by leading specialists in their field. For social policy, the focus will be on social and economic change, what causes it and its consequences for society. Social policy considers how the organisation of services such as social security, health, education, housing, personal social services, the criminal justice system and the labour market can influence and alleviate the effects of social change. Reflecting how policies are developed, you will learn about both the policy-making process in the UK (including devolution in Scotland and elsewhere) along with the influence of international bodies such as the EU and OECD.