Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Society and Social Policy DUMF1066

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course examines some of the key debates, theories and arguments in contemporary social policy in modern Britain and familiarises students with the specialised language of the social sciences.


The course will be delivered in 1 x 2 hour whole group seminar and 1 x 1 hour small group tutorial over the course of the semester.

Requirements of Entry



Essay (1500 words) 60%

Examination 40%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

(1) To introduce students to key debates and theories in contemporary social policy in modern Britain and familiarise them with the language of the social sciences. (2) To encourage conceptual awareness and critical analysis. (3) To develop transferable skills by encouraging group working and research skills using IT and library resources.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:
Demonstrate familiarity with a number of key debates, theories and arguments in contemporary social policy.
Apply relevant social science theories to current social issues.
Interpret and employ the language of the social sciences.
Demonstrate appropriate critical awareness and analytical skills.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.