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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SLSP2975 Social and Public Policy beyond the University

20 creditsClass Size: 14

Module manager: Dr Adegbola Ojo

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

This module is not approved as a discovery module


- To enable students to undertake placements that take their degree-related knowledge and skills into non-academic contexts.
- To enable students to apply their subject-specific knowledge in a context outside the academy in which that knowledge is relevant, while gaining experience of working in a non-academic environment.
- To enable students to acquire a broad and deep understanding of the contemporary relevance of social and public policy, and of issues related to social and public policy as they affect the work of various organisations.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module, students will be expected to be able to:
(1) demonstrate critical knowledge and understanding of the relevance of social and public policy to the work of one or more contemporary organisations (public, private or third-sector);
(2) use their knowledge and understanding of one or more specific topics to produce a report on a contemporary issue to which this knowledge and understanding is relevant
(3) demonstrate the ability to reflect critically on the application of the academic study of Social and Public policy, and the skills acquired, to situations and problems beyond the university context
(4) demonstrate the ability to communicate relevant subject-specific knowledge to a non-specialist audience


Students will undertake placements with external partners, which will be public, private- or third-sector organisations based locally. The specific objectives and parameters for each placement will be agreed between the School and the external partner (see comments, below). Each placement will have a designated 'placement leader' from SSP staff, usually the member of staff responsible for establishing the contact with the external partner. Placements are expected to fall into one of 2 broad categories:

(a) Undertaking a piece of research, related to social and public policy, for an external partner, making use of the partner's facilities, contacts, data sources etc. (A research project to identify needs of local communities for example).
(b) A work placement within an external organisation, in the course of which the student (with guidance from the module team and from the partner organisation) identifies, reflects on, and produces a report on the impact of policy decisions and/or implementation for the organisation or local community.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours146.00
Total Contact hours54.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Keeping a reflective log 20 hours;
reading to support placement and preparation of report 50 hours;
preparation of seminar presentation 30 hours;
preparation of report 46 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Attendance at tutorials

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Poster Presentation-50.00
Reflective log1,500 Due in Weeks 3, 7 and 1150.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 12/05/2023


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