Social policies influence many aspects of our lives; from education, health, housing and employment to family support and child protection. In all these areas, social issues are contested with regard to the role of the state and the kind of policies it should pursue.
At the University of Edinburgh we work closely with the Scottish Government and other policy-making institutions influencing and advising at both local, national and European levels. As a student, you'll develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary societal concerns by looking at how social policies are constructed and contested. You'll consider the aims of welfare and its history and you'll compare different models of welfare states around the world, examining the changing agendas in employment, social security and health.
Social Policy is ideally suited to students who are interested in contemporary social and political issues and who enjoy thinking critically about the structures, institutions and problems that shape our lives. It offers ideal training for a career in central or local government, the voluntary sector or pressure groups, amongst others.
Social Policy can be studied through a joint Honours programme or through the multidisciplinary Government, Policy and Society degree programme.
Jobs directly related to a Social Policy degree include:
- Charity officer
- Civil Service administrator
- Government social research officer
- Health service manager
- Housing manager/officer
- Local government officer
- Social researcher
Jobs where a Social Policy degree would be useful include: