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Applied Social Science open day presentation 2013

  1. 1. Applied Social Science BA(Hons) Marylynn Fyvie-Gauld Course Leader
  2. 2. What is Applied Social Science? • It is applied to social problems and social issues • Sociology • Psychology • Criminal policy • It is also about the application of the ‘ologies’ • Research • Social policy
  3. 3. What the degree looks like First Year Sem. 1 Sociological Imaginations Introduction to Applied Psychology Introduction to Social Policy Sem.2 Foundations of Sociology Deviance and Social Control Social Science Research Methods Second Year Sem.1 Sem.2 Optional Theorising the Social World Optional Public Policy and Managements Social and Development al Psychology Optional Mobilisation, Movements and Protest Optional The Social Context of Health and Illness Social Policy: Welfare and Control Community and Personal Development Research Project
  4. 4. Third Year SEMESTER ONE SEMESTER TWO Dissertation Working on the Margins Contemporary Studies in Crime and Justice Critical Criminology and Criminal Justice Health, Politics and Marketization Health Policy in the UK Critical Addiction Studies Transport and Society Developing Therapeutic Relations Global Social Policy Community Psychology Policy Analysis Sociology Topic 2 Critical Psychology Critical Perspectives on Learning and Education Sociology Topic 1
  5. 5. So what is it like at University?
  6. 6. Or like this?
  7. 7. ‘Wife’ or ‘Mother-in-Law’ W.E. Hill, 1915
  8. 8. You are walking down the street one day and you find One Hundred Pounds
  9. 9. Do you: Put the money in your bag Do you take the money to the police
  10. 10. What if you find the money belongs to An older women Would this change your mind NO?
  11. 11. What if that older woman Was saving for an operation for her very ill grandchild Would that change your mind? YES
  12. 12. But that older woman was also A drug dealer Would that make you change your mind? Yes? No?
  13. 13. The Curious Case of Stanley Milgram Obedience to Authority Figures
  14. 14. Obedience to Authority Figures July 1961  The experiment followed the trial of Adolf Eichmann  Milgram wanted to ascertain if the people involved in the Holocaust shared a sense of morality or merely ‘following orders’  The experiment comprised the learner, the teacher and the person running the experiment
  15. 15. The results 65% of the participants administered the final massive 450-volt shock One participant only refused to administer shocks below 300-volt level Milgram  Aspects concluded that: of obedience are of important  Ordinary people can undertake reprehensible acts of violence against other people
  16. 16. Where is this degree going to take me? • Higher proportions of social scientists are employed in ‘professional, scientific and technical activities’ than any other subject group Employment status of social science graduate 1% 1% 7% voluntary/unpaid work 0% 6% 5% work and further study combined further study creative portfolio full time paid employment 80% paid employment part-time Campaign for Social Science 2013
  17. 17. Where is this degree going to take me? • 7 in 10 social scientists are in ‘professional’ or ‘associate professional and technical’ occupations within 3.5 years of graduating • A greater proportion of social scientists are already ‘managers, directors and senior officials’ than graduates of any other subject group 3.5 years after their first degrees • Graduates in social science subjects offer a wide range of skills valuable to employers across the public, private and third sectors • Soft skills: understanding complex issues, research, analyse and evaluate critically, question assumptions, understand people, institutions and their relationship, make reasoned arguments, communicate Campaign for Social Science, 2013
  18. 18. Our graduates progress to work in: • Third sector: • • Working with families and young children • Mental health • Citizens Advice Bureau • Working with marginalised groups • • Ex-offender mentoring research Statutory sector • • • Police Teaching Post graduate study: social science, criminology, social work