**Course Start Date: 17th September 2018** The BA (Hons) Social Policy degree explores how social problems arise, how governments react and the impact this has on society and its citizens. Students can learn the skills necessary to critically analyse the efficacy and fairness of policies and explore public and media responses. In addition to its core ideas, Social Policy also draws on a range of other social science disciplines including sociology, politics, philosophy, economics, and law. Students can use these approaches to examine ideas such as welfare, poverty and inequality, tackling difficult and often controversial topics, including current issues in the news. Teaching is informed by the research expertise of academic staff from the School of Social and Political Sciences, who contribute regularly to national policy debates.