Through this course you will analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in which we live. You will study key issues in social care and develop an understanding of theories of care management and practice. You will also study key concepts, methods and theories from sociology that will enhance your 'sociological imagination'. During your course of study, you will have the opportunity to do volunteer work in the local community. Year 1 introduces you to sociological thought and research and introduces a variety of themes. You will be encouraged to think sociologically about issues such as education, the family, health, crime, women's campaigning and volunteering. You may consider the impact of industrialisation and urbanisation, and the emergence and development of capitalist industrial societies. Alongside this, you will study the social groups most likely to be in need of social care services, how social care services are organised. Other opportunities include enhancing your study skills and undertaking a period of supervised voluntary work in a voluntary or community-based organisation. Year 2 looks at concepts of values and theories of assessment and communication. Students have the opportunity to study issues that affect different service user groups and enhance their understanding of the legal and policy context of social care. Students will continue their study of sociological methods, and investigate both classical and contemporary sociological theory. There is also an opportunity to undertake supervised voluntary work. Year 3 explores the management of welfare and the joined up nature of policy implementation. This final year encourages the development of analytical skills to compare the provision and delivery of social care within European states. You may be able to undertake a placement where you carry out a practical piece of research usually for a voluntary or community organisation, or undertake an individually-supervised project on a sociological topic of your choice. Graduates continue to be attracted to careers, mostly in the public and not for profit sector. Careers in care management, social research, policy writing and community work are all accessible for graduates. Post-graduate courses in Social Work or a wide variety of Social Policy areas are also available to social care and social policy graduates.