This programme is underpinned by a commitment to social justice and equalities, and allows you to combine the academic study of the social sciences, with the opportunity to apply your newfound skills and knowledge in the real world.
You will study everything from social work and criminology to mental health, youth work, and community development. You will also specialise in your areas of interest through a range of optional modules, including youth justice, global youth work, and international development. The programme will also enable you to develop your understanding of the social sciences by participating in a number of work placements.
The Social and Community Work programme offers both opportunities for vocational experience and a foundation in a range of employment fields (the housing sector, mental health services, criminal justice, community development, working with young people and management responsibilities in the social and public sectors) and will equip students to work with people in a range of contexts or to qualify in their chosen field of interest at post-graduate level.
On this programme you will:
- Develop your academic and professional rigour by exploring a range of theoretical perspectives, and their practical applications
- Learn to critically engage with policy, particularly as it affects vulnerable people from a wide range of social, cultural, and economic backgrounds
- Have the opportunity to develop your transferable skills and knowledge which will contribute to your personal and career development.
- Explore reflective and reflexive practice, and build your confidence and competence to work independently and as a member of a team
- Enhance your critical understanding of equality, diversity, citizenship, and democracy and develop your ability to creatively address these in community contexts.
Explore Social Justice and Equalities
You will consider a range of issues throughout your studies including race and racism, disability, and LGBT discrimination, among others. You will be challenged to learn about yourself and develop into a self-reflexive professional worker. The BA Social and Community Work is responsive to changes in the wider political and policy context, and places emphasis on working with communities in ways which empower them to understand and address the contradictory implications.
Prepare for a career or postgraduate study
This programme will give you a strong foundation for moving into a career in the public and social professions, and charities sector. You will be given a broad introduction to work with young people and communities without restricting to a career and combine academic study with placements in professional practice to equip you for your chosen profession. The programme is also gate gateway into postgraduate study in social work, youth work, community work, other social care, and public professions.
You will be well equipped to work with people in a range of contexts or to qualify in your chosen field of interest at MA level. The Department of Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies (STaCS) offers a guaranteed interview for all graduates of this programme who meet the entry requirements for selected MA programmes in Community Development, Youth Work, and a range of Counselling and Therapies programmes.
Contact the department
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact David Woodger or Naomi Thompson.