The University of Warwick set up the 2+2 BA in Social Studies nearly 30 years ago at a time when it was a bold decision to ‘widen participation’ in higher education specifically aimed at mature students from a diverse range of backgrounds. What a success it has been!
In partnership with local further education colleges, including Coventry College, the course has witnessed thousands of individual success stories which have vindicated that original decision, enabling local people to transform their lives and in so many cases to progress into new careers like social work and teaching.
I have had the privilege of teaching on the course for almost 20 years and I am constantly amazed by the talented students that join us at Coventry College each year who show the application and ability to obtain their degree with top quality grades after 4 years. It is wonderful to see them graduate each July.
The core subjects are Politics, Sociology, Health and Welfare Policy and finally Researching Society and Culture. Understanding why Brexit happened or the reasons for the government’s key decisions taken recently to combat the Covid 19 virus and protect the NHS are just the sort of topical subjects you would investigate with your fellow students. Researching and writing essays, organising and delivering presentations as well as sharing ideas and opinions with others are the key features of the course.
This blog was written by Alan Blundy, a tutor at our partner college, Coventry College.