How are inequalities part of our social world? What can we do about it through public policy? This elective specialism allows students to develop a critical understanding of social inequalities and public policy with a particular emphasis on contemporary social concerns in relation to education, crime, health, welfare, and social movements. Social divisions regarding the above issues will be examined in terms of historical and comparative contexts, and the implications of these social divisions may be discussed in relation to relevant policy debates.
Structure by Year
You will follow the BA Sociology degree, including the specified core degrees, and your choice of optional modules for each year up to 120 CATS in total. The list below shows the number of CATS (credits towards your degree) which are optional for each year, as part of your BA Sociology degree. To claim your specialism in Social Inequalities and Public Policy you will complete 60CATS worth of modules and a 30CATS dissertation in this specialist area. See the box below for modules available in this specialist area.
1st Year modules
- History of Sociological Thought (CORE)
- Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World (CORE)
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods I (CORE)
- Researching Society and Culture (CORE)
- Race and the Making of the Modern World (CORE)
- Sociology of Gender (CORE)
- 30CATS of Optional module(s)
2nd Year modules
- Designing and Conducting Social Research (CORE)
- Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research (CORE)
- Modern Social Theory (CORE)
- 75CATS of Optional modules
3rd Year modules
- Dissertation (CORE)
- 90CATS of Optional modules
Optional modules for the Specialism in Social Inequalities and Public Policy
To claim your specialism in Social Inequalities and Public Policy you will choose 90CATS worth of modules (including a 30CATS dissertation) in this specialist area. The options currently available for the 2017/18 year which could be chosen for the Social Inequalities and Public Policy specialism are listed below and are indicative of the type of module list which will be available in future years.
- Relationship and Family Change: Demographic and Sociological Perspectives (15CATS)
- Educational Inequalities (15CATS)
- Sociology of Health and Medicine (15CATS)
What is a specialism?
You will be able to choose an elective specialisms and this elective can be added to your final degree title. You select these once you are already here and studying by following a pathway of optional modules and completing a dissertation in the relevant area. Selections of specialisms are confirmed at the beginning of your third year, so you can try a number of topics before choosing this route.
The electives can be chosen to concentrate on an area of particular interest or with a view to preparing for postgraduate study or entry to a particular field of employment. You will be taking a minimum of four modules related to the specialism and your dissertation project will explore research in the relevant specialism.