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Social Policy students at the Duncairn

Social Policy students performing at the Duncairn

School of SSESW colleagues Amanda Slevin and Veronique Altglas, with John Barry (School of HAPP), worked with the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts in Belfast to organise a special public event on sustainability and climate change as part of the Duncairn’s ‘Fifty’ series. Featuring music and arts, the Fifty event on 12 April was an unforgettable evening involving creative exploration of some of the biggest socio-ecological challenges facing our society. First year Social Policy and Social Work students performed ‘Anna’s Journey’, a new drama written by students Alexandra Popoff, Rosie Graves, Colleen Petticrew, Roxanne Elliot and their lecturer Amanda Slevin, based on learning about climate change, sustainability and environment in first year Social Policy modules.

In studying Social Policy, students tackle major policy problems by applying core concepts from social science to intractable social problems such as gender inequality, eldercare, children's rights and climate change. They gain knowledge and understanding of contemporary government policies, their impacts and how to achieve improvements. In the case of climate change, students connect national policies and international agreements with local impacts and practical solutions, making the ‘global local’.

The diversity of interests, skills and topics covered in Social Policy means that our students enter a wide range of careers on graduation. These include the public sector (e.g. social services, education, criminal justice, social work), private sector (e.g. market research, policy analysis, human resources), the community and voluntary sector (e.g. policy analyst, researcher, youth support worker, charity fundraiser). Our Social Policy students’ work with organisations like the Duncairn Arts Centre provides opportunities for active engagement with key social issues and experience of settings where social policy is the focus for making a social difference. Read more about the course at