The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research is one of the best in the country for teaching and research. You are taught by qualified health and social care professionals with diverse practical experience who are active in research and scholarship. Our degree programme Health and Social Care addresses key issues such as: should fertility treatment be available as a right on the NHS? Should older people pay for their own care? Are services delivered fairly to all sections of the community? Which policies are most effective in reducing social inequalities in health? You have the opportunity to consider these and many other important questions. Your first year gives you a solid foundation in the subject, through the study of health, care and well-being. You develop an understanding of sociology, social control and policy making, and the social experience of everyday life. You can also choose from optional modules on criminology, modern culture and other subject areas. In your second and final years, you take a module in research methods and choose from a range of modules to create a degree that reflects your interests. Subjects covered may include caring for vulnerable adults, social security, health policies, mental health and the welfare state. The degree focuses on health and social care policy to offer both a stimulating course of study and a route into a large and growing number of careers. It encourages you not only to explore and evaluate the issues but also to think about solutions and how to apply them in a practical context. Extra activities The Social Studies Society is run by Kent students for anyone with an interest in Criminology, Sociology, Law, Social Policy, Economics and Politics. Events in the past have included: research seminars and webcastscareer development workshopsinformal lectures by guest experts followed by group discussion.
Teaching involves a mixture of lectures, seminars, workshops and one-to-one sessions with academic staff.
Most modules in the School are assessed by 50% coursework and 50% end-of-year examination. A small number are assessed entirely by coursework. To see details for individual modules, click 'read more' within the module information in the course structure.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- the origins and development of UK welfare institutions, with particular emphasis on those of health and social care
- current structures of health and social care, including an ability to locate them in a wider context
- the operation and financing of health and social care and an understanding of the political economy of social welfare
- the roles of the private and voluntary sectors in relation to health and social care, with an understanding of the mixed economy of welfare
- key concepts of social policy such as need, equity, inequality, poverty, exclusion, identity, difference and diversity as they relate to health and social care
- local, regional, national and supranational dimensions of policy and understanding of the links between them
- the main sources of data in relation to health and social care and a grasp of the research methods used to collect and analyse data
- interdisciplinary approaches used to analyse issues in health and social care with an ability to use concepts from other social sciences
- key concepts and theories in relation to health and social care and an ability to apply these in a comparative approach.
You develop the following intellectual skills:
- problem-solving skills and the ability to seek solutions to social problems and individual needs
- research skills, including the ability to identify a research question and to collect and manipulate data to answer that question
- evaluative and analytic skills, to assess the outcomes of policy interventions in relation to health and social care as they impact on individuals and communities
- sensitivity to the values and interest of others and to the dimensions of difference
You gain subject-specific skills in how to:
- identify and use theories and concepts to analyse the field of health and social care
- seek out and use statistical data relevant to the subject
- undertake an investigation of an empirical issue, either on your own or with other students
- distinguish between technical, normative, moral and political questions.
You gain transferable skills in the following:
- independent study and learning
- having an appetite for learning and being reflective, adaptive and collaborative in your approach
- making short presentations to fellow students and staff
- communicating ideas and arguments to others, both in written and spoken form
- information technology
- preparing essays and correctly referencing the materials referred to
- time management
- developing interpersonal and teamwork skills to enable you to work collaboratively, negotiate, listen and deliver results
This programme aims to:
- produce well-trained social scientists with a broad knowledge of the field of health and social care
- enable students to link theoretical knowledge with empirical enquiry to evaluate research findings and engage critically with the principal debates in the subject
- give students a good grounding in the areas of health and social care and corresponding political and policy issues
- equip students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to enter a dynamic and diverse labour market and carry forward their interest in the area further.