You will take two core courses introducing you to health studies and social studies. These courses are particularly significant in establishing key conceptual foundations around the varied determinants of health and welfare, and a range of topics within social theory (for example, identity, gender, globalisation and moral panics).
The core courses are complemented by two generic courses that place specific health and social material in a wider context.
The second year focuses on more applied and practical considerations. You will take two core courses: Healthcare policy and practice and Social welfare policy and practice. You will also have the chance to study specific courses, for example, Human nature and wellbeing or Technology, health and society.
In semester one of your third year you will have the opportunity to work at an advanced academic level in specific topic areas. These are Media, health and leisure; Research methods for social science.
In semester two you can choose to undertake either a work placement or a dissertation. The placement gives you the opportunity to apply your skills to a work-based project with a relevant employer. The dissertation provides a chance to undertake in-depth research on a topic of your own interest.
At each level you can also choose from a range of optional courses across other undergraduate disciplines. This gives you a unique chance to add valuable breadth and interest to your degree, and to study alongside students on other programmes. Options available will include some or all of the following: Current issues in science, technology and medicine; Text and communication; Environmental studies; History; Literature; Modern languages (French and Spanish); Philosophy.
Successful completion of the first three years offers the opportunity to progress to the Honours programme and become involved in the Health & Social Studies Creative Enquiry Project. This innovative venture involves you working in both group and individual situations. The group element involves the development of a final ‘product’ (in the past this has been the delivery of a conference, the production of a learning resource or the creation of a website). The individual element involves the completion of an extended dissertation.
2020 entry requirements:
4 Highers at BBBB (two sittings)
College of Social Sciences
School of Interdisciplinary Studies