University of Nottingham, UK
The University of Nottingham has accepted Ruben’s application to read for the Joint Honours Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Social Policy. The University of Nottingham is a pioneering university that provides an exceptional research-led education (Teaching Excellence Gold, 2019), and an outstanding student experience.
The degree is based on the premise that social policy interventions often try to solve wicked problems: so called because they have complex interdependencies and are resistant to resolution. Trying to solve one problem can often give rise to others. Examples are areas such as climate change, inequalities, pandemic planning, social justice, and welfare. Social policies do not always succeed. They can promote social justice, but can also exacerbate social problems and sometimes even cause them.
How we judge these policies is ultimately about political and moral debates. Social policy is therefore very dynamic and often studied in an interdisciplinary manner. This joint honours degree brings sociological analysis to bear on the complex social problems that social policy concerns itself with and upon other issues that fundamentally affect the welfare of society and individuals.
Taught by researchers with international reputations in their respective fields, this course will enable graduates to understand the causes of social problems, both globally and nationally, and what can be done about them. www.notts.ac.uk
University of Bath, UK
Ruben has also been accepted to attend the University of Bath to study for the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Sociology with a Placement Year. The University's main campus is located in Claverton Down, on the east side of Bath.
In this degree, students study core topics in social theory and social research methods. The flexibility in this course enables students to choose relevant units from sociology, social policy, international development, and criminology. This course will appeal if students want to identify and explore the social factors that have shaped lives and social situations.
Students gain an analytical and methodological foundation for the study of collective and individual behaviour. They explore the historical understandings of social relationships, collective behaviour, institutions, and social change. They develop an appreciation of sociological concepts and theories that will help them engage with the most pressing challenges in our world today.
The University of Bath has also been awarded the Teaching Excellence Gold Award 2019, and is ranked 6th by the Guardian University Guide 2020. www.bath.ac.uk
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