School of Social Justice and Inclusion

Nurturing Quality and Diversity

Social Inclusion Hands

At the heart of the School of Social Justice and Inclusion is the ethos of equality, social justice and inclusion.

This School is for students who:

  • are interested in issues around education in all contexts, equality and social justice;

  • are interested in all aspects of education, social theory and social policy, and wish to combine that with placement opportunities to enhance their working practices;

  • want to challenge disadvantage and strengthen their learning and social communities

  • want to work to support potentially vulnerable students or people in a range of educational, public and voluntary settings

A large school located within the Faculty of Education and Communities, students engage in a range of academic studies across a number of campuses as well as within the wider learning community at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. An understanding of what education is, how society works and how our social structures such as the children, family, learning and community are organised are vital for any aspiring educator, counsellor, youth worker or social scientist who seeks a fulfilling career that can develop both individual as well as professional ambitions.

The School promotes knowledge, understanding and engagement with key significant educational and societal issues and values both within a historical and a contemporary context.  In this way we can ensure that our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to enable them to successfully achieve as active citizens within a global and sustainable community. 

An interesting and innovative feature of the school is the majority of our programmes can be studied in English or Welsh.

Carmarthen

Townhill (Swansea)

 Counselling

 Education

Lampeter

  • BA Humanities with Education Studies

This School is for students who:

  • are interested in issues around equality and social justice;
  • are interested in social theory and social policy, and wish to combine that with placement opportunities to enhance their working practices;
  • want to challenge disadvantage and strengthen their communities
  • want to work to support potentially vulnerable people in a range of public and voluntary settings

A large school located within the Faculty of Education and Communities, students engage in a range of academic studies across a number of campuses as well as within the wider community at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. An understanding of how society works and how our social structures such as the children, family, learning and community are organised are vital for any aspiring social scientist who seeks a fulfilling career that can develop both individual as well as social ambitions.

The School promotes knowledge, understanding and engagement with key significant societal issues and values both within a historical and a contemporary context.  In this way we can ensure that our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to enable them to successfully achieve as active citizens within a global and sustainable community. 

School staff maintain direct links with current practice and debate through research projects, many of which are in collaboration with external partners. Current research within the School includes student employability and community engagement and how undergraduate courses can enhance the employment opportunities of students through facilitating wider participation within the community. Additional research includes the role of problem based learning and active engagement within the learning process as well as the impact of lifelong learning on community development.

The school of Social Justice and Inclusion has expertise in research and evaluation with both the public and voluntary sector within Wales. The Staff from the School have been involved with ERSC funded research, ESF and Welsh Government supported projects, we have worked in partnership with the NfER on Local Authority Reviews as well as evaluations for third sector voluntary organisations. There is a range of staff research expertise within the School that covers areas relevant to Social Justice and Inclusion, Education and Youth Work. Current research projects include:

  • An Evaluation of Hafan Cymru’s Spectrum project: Personal and Social Education Programme on the promotion of Domestic Abuse with Young People.
  • Perceptions of Poverty Project: A staff-student collaborative research project that is comparing how younger and older people view the issue of poverty.

School staff also supervise a number of doctoral students, and their areas of research include:

  • Dyslexia provision for young people who have offended;
  • The impact of youth work on the well-being of young people;
  • The role of the facilitator in practical creative workshops.

The School of Social Justice and Inclusion has a range of innovative programmes with enthusiastic and supportive staff who offer students a valuable experience in terms of academic work and pastoral care. We encourage our students to celebrate the academic challenge and the vocational elements that together provide them with opportunities to prepare for a graduate career in the future where they can make a significant contribution to the sustainability of their communities.

The School is geographically based over three campuses, Carmarthen, Swansea and *Lampeter; this allows for a diverse range of links to be made with local organisations across the region who work in the field of social justice and inclusion. Students are able to undertake placements locally to support their employment and career opportunities for the future.

*The Lampeter based initiative is part of a hybrid major-minor undergraduate degree in Humanities with Education Studies.  

The School exemplifies the University’s commitment to the student experience, ensuring students are a name and not a number.  The School’s programmes are based on clear principles and values which include social justice, collaboration, employability, creativity, sustainability, equality, inclusivity and respect. The Youth and Community Work Programmes are professionally endorsed programmes with a commitment to Youth Work based on clear principles and values.  

The School welcomes International students from a range of countries, and has worked extensively with American students through its internship modules.  The School’s students are offered opportunities to experience a period of study abroad, and the School has recently supported students to study in Canada and America.  The School is continually enhancing its links with partner Institutions beyond Wales and the UK.

The School of Social Justice and Inclusion also runs a very successful internship programme for International Students. We offer a 20 credit module which enables students to undertake a 50 hour placement with a community organisation. The placements vary from Educational settings such as schools to working with voluntary organisations. Students gain valuable work experience as well as the opportunity to discover more about Wales and its Culture.

All programmes within the School link clearly to the world of work and have been developed to enhance students’ transferable skills; graduates from the School have graduate skills which enhance employment opportunities upon completion of their course. Employability is also linked to assessment through the development of a range of assessment opportunities which include seminar presentations, video documentaries in addition to the more traditional assignment and portfolios; assessment questions are clearly link to both theory and the current employment landscape in practice. The School has a high employability rate for our students as recorded within the National Student Survey and we continually strive to encourage and support our students to maximise their employability potential through providing a range of opportunities and activities during the course of their undergraduate studies with us.

The School’s programmes offer students opportunities for placement learning. The School values its strong links with employers across the region. The use of employers and practitioners as guest speakers allow students to gain a clearer insight into the working environment. These close ties with service providers enable the School to meet the needs of potential employers by constantly reviewing the course content to reflect employment needs.

Graduates from the School’s programmes enjoy a varied range of careers upon leaving their studies which includes teaching within the UK and beyond.  A number of students choose to pursue further studies prior to employment including PGCE courses, Masters level studies and MPhil/PhD research. 

All programmes within the School offer students opportunities for placement learning. The School values its strong links with employers across the region.

The School’s taught Masters programmes allow students to undertake small scale research in an area of their own choice and interest.  The School also currently supports a number of PhD students in their research in a range of fields linked to Social Justice, Inclusive Practice and young people’s wellbeing.

School staff also supervise a number of doctoral students, and their areas of research include:

  • Dyslexia provision for young people who have offended;
  • The impact of youth work on the well-being of young people;
  • The role of the facilitator in practical creative workshops