Social Sciences - your questions answered! video transcript

My name's Dr Helen Brocklehurst and I'm a Lecturer in Social Sciences and my background broadly is in all aspects of power.

So politics, international relations, society, inequality, and I teach lots of modules across all of those areas. Students don't have to have a background, for example, in politics to go on to study international relations, and they don't have to have a background in sociology to study the social sciences and sociology, for example, with another degree combination, if they're interested in society, they will have an opportunity to learn about aspects that really relate and connect to their lives and their broader interests for their careers.

So if you're watching the news, if you're worried about the world, these degrees help you make sense of many phenomena around you from the local and the everyday  through to things that you’re connected to through your smartphone, through the news that you receive, these are subjects that will continue to affect you in your working world and throughout your lifetime.

So making sense of them and also learning key skills, analysing issues, being able to sort out complexity and still be persuasive without being overwhelmed by all the detail,

analysis, making sense, being able to debate and discuss and understand the limits of the information you have.

So our degrees give you a range of skills that hopefully you can approach an employer with to say, "I am able to think through complex situations, I can understand aspects of culture, interconnection that are having an effect in this environment, or I'm good at researching, or I'm excellent at communicating." These are key skills common to the social science, and they're never gonna be more needed than in today's environment.

We're in a really interesting period, a very challenging time. So the social sciences help students from many different backgrounds, with many different careers in mind,

start to unpack ideas about society and about power. I mean, we are fairly divided at the moment and students experience that, they see those divisions, that lack of connection, people who feel marginalised and workplaces have exactly the same issues to think through too, in terms of how they reach people, how they connect.

Many of our degrees offer you if not a direct opportunity to travel or to engage in a work placement, at least an opportunity to understand a real world challenge that might be set and monitored by employers.So we think of this as work based learning. There's an emphasis on connecting to the real world and having real world experiences.

So we often find we can rely on extensive contacts and connections that we've made over the years, including overseas, and students might have opportunities. They certainly have in the past they visited the cities to experience institutions at work, particularly in a political context, or we have visitors, we have people that help set assignments or help work with students.

I think the University of Derby is a fantastic place to teach in and I know it's a fantastic place to learn in.

Social Sciences - your questions answered! video

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