Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Argentina crisis: citizens suffer when loyalty means more than truth

Loyalty to one’s chosen leader trumps the truth. It is an entrenched hallmark of political life in Argentina but this tendency has serious economic consequences.

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Leaving care is hard enough without the system favouring those who are fostered

Justin Rogers considers the recent changes to the law that see local authorities responsible for supporting 'staying put' arrangements for fostered young people until they reach the age of 21.

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Report proposes new ‘sexual violence courts’ for rape trials

Policy makers and legal professionals must work together to introduce specialist ‘sexual violence courts’ in order to improve how the legal system in England and Wales responds to rape cases.

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REF2014 results recognise world-leading research environment

The results of the REF2014 confirm the excellence of the research carried out at Bath.

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Research impact

We have an excellent record of impact from our research with young people, families, welfare, and poverty.

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What is Sociology?

Find out more about the benefits of studying a degree in sociology.

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Natalie Booth (BSc Sociology)

“Personally, what ultimately attracted me to study at Bath was the opportunity to take a placement year. For me, the placement experience is unique, exciting and an extremely challenging year.”

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New postgraduate bursaries available!

We are offering over 70 bursaries for students on taught master's courses starting in September 2015. Read More

 

Undergraduate study

Social Work

Dr Louise Brown and current students discuss the BSc Social Work and Applied Social Studies programme.

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Our students

Rosie Fisher

I have been able to pursue my interest in development issues which is an element of freedom I see as vital to my degree.

- Rosie Fisher (BSc Sociology and Social Policy)

Postgraduate study

Studying an MRes

Dr Sean Cumming and current students Jolanthe de Koning and Benjamin Bowman discuss the MRes programme.

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Research degrees

Research degrees

We have opportunities for students interested in undertaking a research degree.

Our Departmental research is focused on the disciplines of social policy, sociology, social work and international development.

We also work closely with the Institute for Policy Research to deliver the Professional Doctorate in Policy Research and Practice.

Researching a PhD

Research student Juan Pablo Ferrero talks about his PhD in the Department of Social & Policy Sciences.

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Research student insights

Jana Kralova

Jana is conducting research into social death alongside staff from the Centre for Death & Society.

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Research

Research

Our world-leading research has influenced policy and practice at both national and international levels. Our research themes are:

Research blog

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View our blog about research, activities and impact in the department.

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