School of Applied Social Science open day 14th June 2013
Why choose to study in the School ofApplied Social Science at the Universityof Brighton?Dr Dawn StephenAssistant Head of School
Mission of the school Applied, relevant and contemporary engagement with social scienceShows itself in our strong links with the local, regional and internationalcommunity and the research and scholarship of our staff MultidisciplinaryCombining disciplines, subjects and approaches so as to better understandkey social issues and the human condition
What is distinctive about our courses• We specialise in applied learning. This means that the theories studied withineach discipline are used to look at how real problems in the wider world can beunderstood and solutions formulated.• Our courses are developed with local and global communities in mind, several inclose cooperation with community organisations.• Our interdisciplinary approach to learning allows our students to develop a broadknowledge base and a wide variety of transferable skills.• The research interests of our staff are reflected in our teaching. Learning in aresearch active community means that our students benefit from the input of thelatest knowledge informed by research.• Our students learn to be independent thinkers because they are taught byindependent thinkers.
The School’s broader activities• Our close relationship with the Community and University Partnership Projectgives us access to links with community and voluntary sector organisationsacross the UK and the world.• The Social Science Policy and Research Centre (SSPARC) has a nationalreputation for research in areas such as health and social care, crime andcommunity safety, and community development.• In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) ninety per cent of the school’ssubmission was rated as of international quality.• Professor Peter Squires, professor of criminology and social policy, is one of theUK’s leading academic experts on gun crime currently sits on one of the panelsfor the national Research Excellence Framework (REF).
Development of transferable skills• Our courses give students the opportunity to develop skills that are required for awide variety of careers in the private, public and community/voluntary sector.• As well as developing knowledge in specific disciplines students also gaintransferable skills such as critical thinking, analytical abilities and reasoning.• Most of our undergraduate students have the opportunity to gain practicalexperience of working within a community of voluntary sector organisation duringthe second year of their degree as part of the Community Participation andDevelopment module.As senior lecturer Liz Cunningham explains, students taking the module benefit ina number of ways. “It allows students to use their skills and knowledge, see localpractice in action and relate this to theory. Students develop their ideas asreflective practitioners. Also, the contacts that some students make can lead tofuture work upon graduation.”
Excellence in teaching and support• Teaching rated as excellent by external examiners and professional bodies.• NSS (2012) result for ‘teaching on my course’ was 88% for the School’sUndergraduate Programme as a whole (The national average was 86)• School Staff nominated for Students’ Union Excellence Awards in 2013:Dr Matt Adams, Dr Kepa Artaraz, Ms Gabby Barker, Mr Mark Bhatti, Dr StephenBrown, Dr Mary Darking, Mr Ian Dore, Dr Mark Erickson, Ms Rebecca Farmer, DrHannah Frith, Ms Marylynn Fyvie-Gauld, Professor Philip Haynes, Ms Emma Inch,Dr Katherine Johnson, Mr Shadreck Mwale, Dr Jayne Raisborough, Ms KarenRichards, Dr Graham Sharp, Professor Peter Squires Dr Dawn Stephen, Dr CarlWalker, Dr Paula Wilcox.
Courses in the Undergraduate Programme• BA (Hons) Applied Psychology and Criminology• BA (Hons) Applied Psychology and Sociology• BA (Hons) Applied Social Science [Hastings based]• BA (Hons) Criminology*• BA (Hons) Criminology and Social Policy• BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology• BA (Hons) Criminology and Substance Misuse Interventions*• BA (Hons) Politics [commences 2014]• BA (Hons) Politics and Social Policy• BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology• BA (Hons) Social Science• BA (Hons) Sociology*• BA (Hons) Sociology and Social Policy• [BSc (Hons) Social Work – discussed at end]* New courses for 2013
Typical entry requirements A-levels:BBB [BA (Hons) Criminology is ABB] BTECDDM [BA (Hons) Criminology is DDD] International Baccalaureate:32 points. [BA (Hons) Criminology is 34] Access to HE Diplomapass (at least 45 credits at level 3), with 18 credits at merit or above. [BA (Hons)Criminology is 24 credits at merit or above] GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalentat least three subjects including English language and mathematics or a science. Foundation degree/HND/HNC may enable you to start the course in year 2. For non-native speakers of English:IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.
Key features of all our undergraduate degrees Fresh, contemporary topics Real-world relevance Taught by qualified teachers many of whom are nationally and internationallyrecognised experts in their field Ability to specialise in third year modules and dissertation Strong research and theory strands Focus on developing transferable skills Community participation opportunities Opportunity to study abroad Language options
Applied Psychology BPS accredited. Applied, social and critical.What you can expect: Sound grounding in psychology but not just a textbook account Modules which make connections to the social world and to students own lives, which draw on contemporary aswell as classic theory and research We examine the history of psychology and critically discuss and debate the role of psychological knowledge in ourlives and in a broader social contextTeaching expertise: Experienced professional psychologists in psychological theory and research, publishing extensively and presentingat national and international conferences, in the fields students will be studying - particularly strong in the areas ofsocial, cultural and critical psychologyPossible careers: Policy thinktanks, local government, marketing, research, human resources, advertising Further specialist training is possible in a psychological profession e.g. clinical psychology, forensic psychology,educational psychology Postgraduate study in social research, counselling, social work, teaching, community psychology etc. which oftenlead to particular careers
Criminology Critical approach to the study of many traditional criminological ideas Our criminology reveals links between criminology and related academic disciplinesWhat you can expect: A critical understanding of ‘crime’, ‘justice’ and Criminal Justice Systems and how governments respond to theproblem of crime To explore criminal activity: what it is, why it occurs, who commits it, where it happens A critical examination of the links between social inequalities, deviant behaviour and victimisationTeaching expertise: Violence, gun crime, gangs, youth justice, policing, surveillance, victims, green issues Able to draw on established links with crime control agencies and related bodiesPossible careers: Traditional criminal justice: police, prison service, probation Local crime prevention and community safety and civilian police support work Work within NGOs and charities working with ex-offenders, young people
Politics Takes a deliberately wide view of what constitutes politicsWhat you can expect: A strong focus on social movements and the politics of the environment A broad international perspective ‘Hands-on experience working with local voluntary organisationsTeaching expertise: Commitment to researching, theorising and working with marginalised groups, the RomaPossible careers: Graduates are well prepared for both management and policy development roles in a wide range of careers, suchvoluntary organisations including international NGOs, social planning and public services, the media and socialresearch. The degrees also provide a solid foundation for progression to postgraduate study.
Social Policy It is about the real world so students are asked to think about real world problems and solutions. This includesunderstanding all those things that enhance our lives and make them worth living like education, good health,fulfilling jobs or a solid set of social relations. It also includes an understanding of the ways in which societiesorganise themselves to maximise wellbeing.What you can expect: Sound examination of social policy in terms of the many areas of provision, e.g. transport, health, education orhousing Understanding of policy processes and ideologies Strong community focus through our links with local communitiesTeaching expertise Transport and the environment, participation, organisational management, community and voluntary sector, globalsocial policyPossible careers Statutory and non-statutory sectors Research and policy development role
Sociology Applied, taught in a multi-disciplinary context, research-based teachingWhat you can expect: Up to date sociological issues Ability to specialise in 3rd year Wide range of theories and research methodsTeaching expertise: Leading research-active sociologists with renowned expertise in e.g. contemporary culture, employment, food andconsumption, gender, the garden, new technologies, science fiction and spacePossible careers: Researchers and analysts Range of public and voluntary sector roles Media Teaching
What we expect from our students• To come with open minds and be prepared to be stretched and challenged• Good time management• Attendance and participation• Reflection on your personal development• Make the most of your time here by participating in the life of the School,University and Students’ Union• To graduate feeling proud of and confident in your achievements andequipped for the world beyond university
What you can expect from usSupport for your learning and development• Personal tutor• Student Support and Guidance Tutors• Learning Groups• Peer Assisted Study Support• Extra-curricular developmental activities, e.g.Social Science ForumOrganised tripsA stimulating and life-enriching education