The course aims to equip you with the knowledge, skills and values appropriate for working in a variety of Health and Social care settings. The teaching and learning is delivered by academic staff actively engaged in research, consultancy, internationalisation, the student experience and publication. Joint Honours courses are flexible and you can tailor modules around your interests, which is ideal for those who want to study diverse subject areas.
The programme adopts an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of health, illness and disease in modern Western and developing societies. You will study areas of sociology, psychology, social policy and ethics. The ethos that underpins the Social Care aspects of this programme is anti-racist and anti-discriminatory practice that will prepare you for employment with a variety of individuals and communities.
Students that have completed the Health and Social Care undergraduate degree have gained employment in a number of areas such as teaching, the police, housing and the third sector. Students can also continue studying at post graduate level and areas of interest have included medicine (General Practitioner), youth and community justice and social work.
You will have the opportunity to explore answers to questions like; Why are some people more likely to become ill than others? Why do women live longer than men? Why are older people, disabled people and people from minority ethnic groups often discriminated against in healthcare?
The programme aims to engage you in developing your knowledge and understanding of the role of community development in a range of social and political contexts, taking into account the emerging global knowledge. You will be supported to develop a critical and analytical approach to knowledge and its application to social issues and social systems. It is expected that you will emerge as innovative, self-directed and self-motivated learners with an ability to critique theoretical perspectives and research findings. Through this course you will be able to identify and offer challenges to the issues of inequality, oppression and discrimination through a sound grasp of the role of community development in providing social interventions to social problems.
This degree programme is designed to prepare you to answer the call by health and social care employers for workers at all levels in the healthcare sector and to develop graduates who are better prepared to take the health and social care sector in new directions.
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