BSc Social Policy

UCAS code: L400

Usual standard offer:
A level: grades A A B

International Baccalaureate: Diploma with 37 points including 6 6 6 at Higher level

Other qualifications are considered

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Please note that not every course is available each year and that some courses may only be available with the permission of the course convenor and/or may be subject to space.

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Programme details

First year

The core course, Foundations of Social Policy, gives you a framework for understanding how and why societies have developed a variety of institutional arrangements to provide for their social welfare needs, focusing on key developments in Britain since the nineteenth century, but within a comparative perspective. The second core course, Social Economics and Policy, provides an introduction to theories and concepts of social economics; it considers how the market economy affects people’s lives and looks at the arguments for and against government intervention in different social policy areas. You then choose one from Sociology and Social Policy; Introduction to Global Population Change; and Crime and Society. Sociology and Social Policy provides an introduction to sociology and applies sociological perspectives to social policy fields and issues. Introduction to Global Population Change is concerned with inter-relationships between the population characteristics of a society (fertility, mortality and migration) and their economic and social context. Crime and Society provides an introduction to criminology and to key issues relating to crime and social policy.

You may choose your fourth course from the wide range of options available in other departments, but students are encouraged to choose courses that introduce them to one of several social science approaches that have relevance to the study of social policy.

Second and third years

There are two compulsory courses in the second year. Comparative and International Social Policy examines the distinct challenges of welfare provision faced by countries from across Europe and the developing world. Research Methods for Social Policy will give you a comprehensive introduction to methods of social research with a statistical emphasis. You choose your final two courses from the options available throughout LSE - at least one must be a social policy course.

The third year core course is a long essay on a relevant topic, giving you the opportunity to explore an area which interests you in some depth.

You choose your final three courses from the options available throughout LSE - two must be social policy courses.