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Unit rationale, description and aim

Social research informs and shapes the world around us. It helps us understand what is going on, why something is happening and what, if anything, we can do about it. In today's complex and interconnected world, where unpredicted events shape and shift the way we think, governments, industries, businesses, NGOs, think tanks, and advocacy groups all depend on social researchers to help them understand and overcome the challenges our society confronts. This unit offers students a high-level introduction both to how social research engages real world problems and how professional and public sectors apply these insights in their own institutional contexts. The unit will explore a range of issues, from risk and society, race and ethnicity, crime and justice, health and addiction, social protest and movements, to governance and public policy. Through a scholarly consideration of these issues, students will attain a critical appreciation of the links between research, practice and policy.

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