BA Social Policy with Enterprise
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Combining the social sciences with business, this degree explores how crime, education, health, housing and poverty come to be viewed as social problems and the social enterprises that seek to address them.
You’ll investigate how modern societies understand human need, equality and social justice, as well as how the institutions of the state address social problems and provide for people’s welfare. You’ll also learn about the function of entrepreneurship in society, the development of social enterprises and the challenges and opportunities involved in starting your own business.
Drawing on the expertise within both the School of Sociology and Social Policy and the Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies, you’ll learn to connect big ideas in the social sciences with the issues facing contemporary societies and create innovative enterprise solutions. You’ll question what it means to be a good citizen today while gaining valuable skills in problem-solving and business development.
You’ll learn to think sociologically about various social issues and problems from the start of Year 1. A set of core modules will equip you with the research skills to study social policy and an understanding of the methods and techniques used in social research, as well as the formation of social policy in Britain over time. At the same time, you’ll develop your leadership skills and gain an understanding of the role of innovation in business, as well as using simulation software to understand the consequences of different types of decisions within a small business.
In the following year you’ll develop your research skills, helping to prepare you for the research you’ll undertake in your final year. Meanwhile, you’ll learn more about the process of planning and starting a business and have the chance to develop a group enterprise proposal. Around this you’ll choose from a set of modules related to major social issues such as drugs and crime, as well as business modules in aspects of social enterprise or entrepreneurship.
The dissertation you complete in your final year allows you to apply your research skills to a topic of your choice, which you’ll examine in depth. At the same time, you’ll work with a supervisor to develop a new enterprise of your own as a live case study, putting your leadership, planning and problem-solving skills into practice. Around these modules, you’ll choose from social policy modules on topics such as citizenship or childhood studies.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Innovation and Creativity in Business 10 credits
- Understanding Social Enterprises 10 credits
- Enterprise in Action 10 credits
- Leadership in Business 10 credits
- Understanding and Researching the City 20 credits
- Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society 20 credits
- Social Policy: Poor Laws to the Present 20 credits
- New Enterprise Planning 20 credits
- Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods 20 credits
- Key Debates in Social Policy 20 credits
- Enterprise Development Project 20 credits
- Social Policy Dissertation 40 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you gain diverse skills. These will include seminars and workshops where you can discuss in more depth the topics set out in traditional lectures. We emphasise the importance of participation, presentation skills and group work.
The teaching structure varies depending on your level of study – for example, in Year 1 you might expect to have six or seven lectures and three or four seminars per week. However, independent study is also a vital element of the course, as it allows you to develop your research and critical skills while preparing for taught sessions.
You’ll also have a personal tutor – one of our academics – who will be on hand to offer you guidance and support on academic issues, such as module choices, as well as career and personal matters.
Modules will use a variety of assessment methods. As well as traditional exams, you could also be asked to complete projects based on essays and case studies, policy briefs, group presentations, work logs, research briefs, project proposals or development agency reviews. In your final year you’ll also submit a 12,000 word dissertation.
Our graduates secure employment with some of the biggest UK companies in human resources, communications management, broadcasting and advertising. They are also ideally equipped to work in the public and third sector including in the civil service, teaching, youth work, fostering/children’s services, probation services, social work, prison service, housing and homelessness prevention.
Graduates from this programme are well prepared for postgraduate study across a range of disciplines. Our recent graduates have gone on to study sociology, social Policy, teacher training, journalism, occupational therapy, human resources, marketing, town planning, social work, criminal justice studies and social research.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.