Social Science is the study of society and how people behave and influence our world. It deals with the problems and challenges of modern society such as race, gender, poverty and health through a range of approaches.
Social scientists seek to create a better society through research and policy development. Their expertise is used to inform governments and policy makers regionally, nationally and overseas.
If you want to be part of the team that deals with problems that our society faces on a day-to-day basis, and want to understand our society further, a degree in social sciences could be for you!
What will I study?
Firstly, students cover current issues that our society faces, such as equality legislation on social class, gender and ethnicity. You will also be provided with the research tools used to explore the way that our society works.
There are many specific types of social sciences that students can focus on, and could even focus their whole degree on, including criminology, education, social policy, psychology and anthropology. As you progress along you degree, the topics become more in-depth and more applicable to real life situations. You will also be able to tailor your degree to your own personal interests by choosing modules that suit you.
Graduates in social sciences can pursue a range of careers. Graduates have gone on to work with the police, housing services, youth work, community development, counselling, probation services and many more. Some students take on research posts and become Social Science researchers, which can lead to a career advising the government or lecturing in a university.