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BA Social Policy with Enterprise

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Arts)

Learning outcomes

1. demonstrate knowledge of:
- UK welfare institutions: origins and development; the social and demographic contexts in which they have operated; their contemporary activities and organisation, including the provision, financing and regulation of social security, education, health and social care, and housing;
- the UK policy process: framework; operation; finance;
- non-governmental sources of welfare (informal, voluntary and private sectors): impact; operation; interaction within mixed economies of welfare;
- main features of the interrelationship between social policies and differently placed communities, families and individuals;
- international and global contexts of social policy including the role and organisation of the European Union (QAA, Benchmark; 3.2).

2. to demonstrate an understanding of:
- interdisciplinary approaches to social policy topics and issues;
- the key concepts and theories of welfare, including human needs and social welfare; inequality, poverty and exclusion; citizenship, social difference and diversity; theories of the state and policy making; theories and methods of comparative analysis;
- how different social groups and individuals experience, respond to and contest social policies (QAA, Benchmark; 3.3).

3. be able to:
- critically appreciate forms of entrepreneurship and enterprising activity in relation to economic and societal outcomes on local and global levels
- critically examine relevant enterprise development processes in relation to appropriate personal, industry and subject-specific issues

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to acquire, as defined in the modules specified for the programme:

• the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to the area(s) studied;
- the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
- the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;
- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways to a variety of audiences;
- the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature;


Achievement will be assessed by a variety of methods in accordance with the learning outcomes of the modules specified for the year/programme and will include:

- demonstrating the ability top apply a broad range of aspects of the discipline;
- work that draws on a wide variety of material;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion;
- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within the disciplines;
- work that is typically both evaluative and creative;
- Forms of assessment will include, essays, examinations, both seen and unseen, presentations, group projects, computer exercises, reflective logs, data analysis, research proposals and extended project as appropriate to the level of study.


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