School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Deaf Studies and Social Policy

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

Students will be able to identify and understand the challenges faced in society when trying to adopt an inclusive approach to all aspects of life within a diverse society.

Students will be able to identify and understand the challenges faced in society when trying to adopt an inclusive approach to all aspects of life within a diverse society.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code LB45
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  • Start Date(s) 23 September 2019, 21 September 2020, 20 January 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

Students will be able to identify and understand the challenges faced in society when trying to adopt an inclusive approach to all aspects of life within a diverse society. They will have opportunities to consider a variety of issues and perspectives surrounding working with diverse groups, deaf people being considered in detail. Concepts of poverty, inclusion, social justice will be studied in relation to government response and policy. The course fosters cooperative and independent work as well as critical reflection. Students will be encouraged to develop effective communication in an interactive context utilising digital literacy.

Further information on Deaf Studies

Further information on Social Policy 

 

 

 

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

Year 1

4SA007 The Development of the Welfare State: 1945-2010 (20 Credits)

4DF010 Introduction to Deaf Studies (20 Credits)

4SA008 Contemporary Social Policy (20 Credits)

4DF009 Introduction to British Sign Language (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 (20 Credits)

4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or  4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4SL010 The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance (20 Credits)

Year 2

5SA007 Paying for Welfare (20 Credits)

5DF007 Flourishing Deaf lives (20 Credits)

5DF008 Educating Deaf children and young people (20 Credits)

5SA014 Families, Children and the State or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5SA013 Social Science Placement (20 Credits)

5SA014 Families, Children and the State or 5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action or 5SA013 Social Science Placement (20 Credits)

5SA009 Communities in Social Policy or 5SC002 Evaluating and Using Research in Applied social Studies (20 Credits)

Year 3

6DF009 Engaging with services (20 Credits)

6SA003 Approaches to Poverty and Social Exclusion (20 Credits)

6DF002 Deaf Studies Project or 6DF003 Business and Community Link in the Deaf Community or 6SA004 Independent Project Social Policy or 6SA007 Community Link Social Policy (20 Credits)

6DF007 Level 6 BSL - Intermediate or 6SL012 Qualitative Research Methods or 6SA005 Policy-Making in Britain (20 Credits)

6SA001 Participation and Policy or 6SA008 Social Policy of Work and Labour Markets (20 Credits)

6DF006 Welfare and campaigning or 6DF008 Deaf Art, Literature and Culture (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

You will have a real advantage when entering work because a degree in Deaf Studies and Social Policy will enable you to immediately enter a range of careers.

  • You can work directly in the Deaf Community or in Public Administration, Youth and Community Working, Housing and Health Service or in the Voluntary Sector.  With further training you could become a teacher of a National Curriculum.
  • Other career destinations have included Communication Support, Key Skills Coordinator, NVQ Assessor, Lecturers, Researcher Roles and Local Authority positions in related fields.
  • Graduates go on to undertake post graduate diplomas such as Social Work and Audiology as well as Masters Degrees in Disabilities Studies, Speech & Language Therapy and Human Communications.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Students are taught to understand the relationships between policy funding and provision with practical reference to diverse groups in society by investigating social fairness and justice.

Amongst diverse groups in society is the Deaf Community in the UK and students have the opportunity to learn British Sign Language, to appreciate notions of bilingualism and biculturalism by completing research for a voluntary agency.

As a priority, academic and pastoral support is provided by tutors from day one of the course. Peer mentoring offers an extra support mechanism. The course offers academic rigour and relevance to future professional life.

 

Comment from our External Examiner on provision:

For Social Policy:

"Three areas stand out. First, the enthusiasm and commitment of the course team is very impressive and one gets the feel of a student body that receives significant support. Second, the courses continue to have a strong contemporary orientation, with policy developments reflected quickly in course material. Third, the use of case study type assessment was particularly impressive".

 

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to process and analyse and evaluate concepts and theories related to deafness and deaf peoples’ lives within the context of disability.
  2. Effectively communicate in British Sign Language ( BSL) to intermediate level, supported by theoretical knowledge of BSL and Sign Linguistics utilising live communicative strategies as well as digital communication facilities.
  3. Analyse inclusion concepts, theories and issues in a systematic way, identifying and reflecting on potential connections and discontinuities between aspects of subject knowledge and their application in social policies and concepts.
  4. Reflect upon social, political and cultural diversity and apply a critical approach to methods of enquiry and evaluation in a social policy context.
  5. Apply social policy theories to analyse social needs and critically asses policy intervention policy intervention.
  6. Process and synthesise a range of relevant empirical data to present and justify your own chosen position.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grades BBC - CCC
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

You will also be required to provide satisfactory reference.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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