You will pursue a line of enquiry and analyse its implications in depth, gaining experience of the analysis and synthesis of a topic of your choosing. This will deepen and broaden your awareness and knowledge in this chosen area of study. This will give you the opportunity to develop competencies that enable working independently as researchers in a specialism. You will be expected to evaluate and critically reflect on the personal learning and academic development in relation to the Dissertation.
Career Planning and Development
As you approach the end of your degree programme you will be looking to the future. In a competitive job market it is important that you are able to plan for the future through a process of identifying your strengths and weaknesses in all areas studied. Through reviewing employment and recruitment process, preparing application forms, curriculum vitae and personal specifications, students are enabled to present prospective employers with an accurate portrait of yourself. You will be equipped and encouraged to systematically reflect on your career planning in response to the changing graduate market, and to determine future actions in order to maximise your career opportunities and or postgraduate education and training.
Communities and Social Problems
Within this module you will explore the debate around identity formation and maintenance and how some identities and communities may be viewed within society as social problems. You will explore the complexity around sense of self and the media's role in the development of moral panics and society’s perception of problematic communities. You will go on to explore how social issues may then develop into social problems around health and wellbeing, inequality or environmental issues. You will consider the different theoretical perspectives on social problems and the historical, contemporary and emerging social policy responses.
Critical Social Policy
This module deals with contemporary issues and debates in social policy and the delivery of welfare. It critically assesses the relationship between ideology and concepts and specific areas of welfare provision. During this module you will address a range of important and interlinked themes, some that have been of lasting significance, and also others that have risen to prominence in academic and political debate in more recent times.
The you can choose either:
Mental Health and Social Care
This module will enable you to achieve a greater knowledge and
critical understanding of the core concepts, issues, theory and
research in the social care of people recovering from mental ill-health. You will investigate critical perspectives of mental health and mental ill-health and explore policy, legal interventions, frameworks, organisations and professional practitioner roles and responsibilities related to this discipline. You will evaluate multi agency approaches and analyse the impact of the service user and survivor movement on mental health policy and practice. The correlation between social inequalities and social exclusion and mental health and the impact of mental ill-health on citizenship will also be analysed.
Poverty, Homelessness and Supported Housing
As well as looking at current policy initiatives, this module is grounded in the belief that an understanding of the past, and of previous debates over poverty, social security and housing, is crucial to any assessment of the shape and direction of current policy. You will begin by exploring the ideas and values that have influenced the development and shape of poverty and housing policy in Britain in the recent past. Factors influencing the shape of social security and housing provision in the 21st century will be explored as will the impact recent changes have had on different social groups. Different areas of social security and housing provision relating to elderly and disabled people, women, minority ethnic groups and asylum applicants will be examined.