Social scientists have a profound effect on our lives; they are called upon to solve some of the world’s biggest issues, such as violent crime, alternative energy and cyber security.
Focusing on the study of society and the relationship among people within it, social sciences is truly multidisciplinary. It draws from a broad spectrum of subjects including economics, political science, sociology, history, archaeology, anthropology and criminology.
In the recent Ebola crisis in West Africa, for example, psychologists helped the doctors learn more about people’s attitudes towards things like hand washing and other sanitary behaviours which might affect the spread of the disease.
Here in the UK, the Medical Research Council has teamed up with sociologists to identify the possible causes of poor sleep patterns, while a team of engineers, criminologists and auto manufacturers are working with the Home Office to develop cars that are more difficult to steal*.
Through a thematic curriculum covering topics such as the plight of refugees, the social consequences of water shortages and local crime reduction strategies, this course aims to provide a theoretical grounding in social sciences applied to a range of contemporary societal challenges on a local and global scale.
Support for employability is integrated across the curriculum from tutorials to taught sessions and assessments, preparing you for the world of work during and after University. We aim to enhance your capability as a thinker, communicator and analyst, developing the critical analysis, problem solving and leadership skills required to work with organisations to provide an evidence base for the development of social policies.
You’ll be taught by staff with backgrounds and continuing engagement with professional fields such as voluntary sector management, community development, youth work, teaching and social housing. This means that they aim to apply theory to practice and give examples to bring social sciences alive – from charities and social enterprise to tackling homelessness, for instance.
The Faculty of Health and Life Sciences has extensive professional links with the Police, the National Offender Management Service (NOMS), Her Majesty’s Prison service, privately operated prisons, the National Crime Agency, the Local Education Authority (LEA), local schools and numerous health care providers, including Coventry and Warwickshire Mind, Entrust Care Partnership, and Grapevine.
*Source: The Business of People: The Significance of Social Science Over the Next Decade By Campaign for Social Science,