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The award
BSc

How long you will study
3 Years

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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

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About Social Policy, Sociology and Crime at School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

Our Social Policy, Sociology and Crime degree is a unique interdisciplinary programme that examines the changing nature of social relations, the role of social problems in our everyday lives and how institutions of the state respond to them. As part of this programme, you learn about the inequalities that undermine the rights and recognition of marginalised groups and what role social policy can play in maximising our individual and collective welfare. You will learn about the social and political construction of deviance, including who and what comes to be recognised as ‘criminal’. In doing so, you will investigate how certain behaviours and populations are regulated and whose interests these government interventions serve.

Through the course of your degree, you will investigate the dynamics between individuals and wider society and the contemporary challenges facing social policy that extend beyond national borders and discrete policy domains. By engaging with social theory, historical evidence and practical policy issues, your studies will draw on key thinkers across a range of fields to develop a deep understanding of the drivers behind particular social policies and their (often unintended) effects on individuals and civil society.

At the same time, you will explore how policy areas such as poverty, health, housing, education and street-level crime (as opposed to the crimes of powerful elites and governments) have come to be seen and portrayed as social problems. Across these areas, this programme will help you question the methods and extent to which different states do or do not provide for the welfare of its citizens or effectively tackle their social problems. By connecting ‘evidence-based’ policy issues facing contemporary societies to social theory, you will be able to comprehend why social problems persist and identify what can be done about them. A wide range of optional modules are available allowing you to tailor your degree to your individual interests and study key topics in more detail such as disability rights, terrorism, discrimination and childhood.

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Entry requirements

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.

If you have the ability to study for a degree but don't have the qualifications to enter directly to level one, you might consider studying a foundation year.

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

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    Xiaotong Zhang - MA Social and Public Policy

    Testimonial from Xiaotong Zhang - MA Social and Public Policy, student at School of Sociology and Social Policy

    My career goal to work in an NGO is my main motivation for studying and I chose the University of Leeds because of its high course ranking and its reputation in the UK. 

    The academic staff have organised sessions on writing dissertations efficiently. It is obvious that they are very considerate and give priority to students’ needs.

    The Language Centre provides various kinds of assistance with academic writing, reading, note-taking, discussion and presentation skills. It also provides a large range of materials covering more than 45 languages.

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    Kamalika Jayathilaka - MA Social Research

    Testimonial from Kamalika Jayathilaka - MA Social Research, student at School of Sociology and Social Policy

    The working and learning environment at the school has been exceptional. The staff, both academic and non-academic, have been really supportive and quick to respond throughout. Whenever I’ve had a question, I’ve been offered timely and excellent support. The interdisciplinary expertise at the school is also noteworthy; the co-curricular workshops and seminars constantly organised are particular eye-openers, especially in helping expand your academic horizons further. 

    The course has exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The journey has been challenging but I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it has prepared me and given me the knowledge and confidence necessary for future research endeavours.

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