Welcome to BA (Hons) Social Policy
How You Study
What You Need to Know
We want you to have all the information you need to make an informed decision on where and what you want to study. To help you choose the course that’s right for you, we aim to bring to your attention all the important information you may need. Our What You Need to Know page offers detailed information on key areas including contact hours, assessment, optional modules, and additional costs.
An Introduction to Your Modules
† Some courses may offer optional modules. The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.
Entry Requirements 2023-24
Students on this course are able to apply for a study abroad year at one of our partner institutions in the USA, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, or the Netherlands after the second year of their degree. This enables students to experience their subject from a new perspective and to explore different cultures and societies. A limited number of places are available and are allocated competitively, subject to academic criteria.
During the year abroad students will not pay a tuition fee to either the University of Lincoln or their host university, but they will be expected to cover their travel, accommodation, and general living costs.
How you are assessed
“Lincoln is a beautiful city, it instantly felt homely and safe. The staff are so helpful and friendly, I would definitely recommend it to other students!”Colleen Wall BA (Hons) Social Policy student
This course offers opportunities to undertake voluntary, competitive work placements, providing experience of a professional policy environment, and a chance to observe how policy is set by central government and executed by local authorities. Students are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation, and general living costs during these placements.
Students who choose the optional module Social Engagement may have the opportunity to take part in a field trip. This particular module encourages students to undertake one or more external activities relevant to the course, and to critically reflect on the nature of this activity, on how it relates to society, and on their personal development. This may involve undertaking voluntary work or mentoring within a service-providing organisation.
Students are expected to play a significant role in arranging their programme of experience. All travel, accommodation, and general living expenses associated with the experience will need to be covered by the student. The experience is required to consist of a minimum of 30 hours.
Professor Christian Karner - Professor of Sociology / Programme Leader
Christian’s teaching and research specialisms fall into the areas of political sociology (i.e. nationalism, ethnicity, memory studies), globalisation, and urban sociology. He currently contributes to the teaching on the following modules: Key Social Science Concepts, Applying Research, Social Issues and Social Justice, Sociological Imagination, Understanding the City, Researching in Social Science, Contemporary Social Theories and Approaches.Academic Staff List
A diverse range of careers are open to Social Policy graduates. They may include roles in local government and the public sector, in policy development within parliament, lobbying or research with think tanks, or in the charity and not- for-profit sectors. Some graduates continue on to postgraduate study or professional training.
"My three years at Lincoln have been the best of my life. The academic support is excellent."Joey Pearce, BA (Hons) Social Policy graduate
Research Areas and Topics
The various challenges surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic means that social policy has never been a more important academic discipline and area of study.
Our academic team have a range of unique specialisms and are able to address contemporary issues such as the global pandemic. Individual specialisms seek to understand the dynamics of policy making and change in ways that are both conceptual and applied.
You can find out more about staff research groups online: https://www.lincoln.ac.uk/home/socialsciences/research/
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