The Department of Social Work, Care and Justice is one of the newest Departments in the University, but it is also one of the largest.
The Department runs both BA and MA programmes in social work which qualify for professional social work registration. In addition there are BA major degrees in Social Policy, Childhood and Youth and Health and Well-Being.
Finally we have two further MA programmes. The MA Youth and Community Work brings professional recognition in this field; whilst the MA in Social Policy provides an academic route to those wanting to further their study in this area.
The teaching in the department is provided by highly qualified staff who research and publish in their field. We also provide a range of field trips (both national and international) and provide a range of opportunities for students to engage with social welfare projects and link the worlds of academia and practice.
The Department has a strong commitment to issues of social justice and this shapes all our provision. This means that whilst studying our subjects we explore the ways in which inequality, poverty, racism, gender oppression and a range of other discriminating factors shape, and impact upon, people's lives.
This orientation also informs the staff's research. Currently, staff are working on a prestigious EU funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme. Alongside colleagues in 10 other European countries, the project is looking at the impact of austerity on some of our most vulnerable communities.
The Department is host to the international journal Critical and Radical Social Work and regularly hosts academic conferences where international scholars present their work to our community.