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The Short Guides are an exciting series from Policy Press that provide high quality, concise introductions to key subjects in the social sciences.
They provide an essential overview for students at all levels and professionals new to the field in practice oriented subjects. Covering basic themes and concepts, and up-to-date key issues in each subject that are common modules on allied courses but not the main focus of study, they are ideal for courses at further education level and for continuing professional development.
The Short Guides appeal to students directly, particularly those that need a quick overview for one module or a pre-course introduction. They are also suitable for foundation or further education students who are thinking of studying the subject at degree level. Despite the books’ brevity, the coverage of each subject is comprehensive and reliable and provides a solid grounding for further study.
- Concise introductions providing a broad overview of key concepts and topics
- Accessibly written and jargon-free
- Focused on subjects of study and practice in social sciences
- Great authors with well-rounded knowledge of their subject area and proven teaching ability
- Content based on general principles and therefore applicable internationally
- Include illustrative tables, figures, highlighted key words, boxed text or case examples
- Small in length and size – accessible and approachable
- Competitively priced to appeal to individual purchase
The short guide to working with children and young people is an accessible introduction into the main concepts, developments and policy related to this exciting area of work.
This text makes sense of the multiple ways in which urban issues and problems have been addressed in different places at different times. From initiatives that focus on social tensions within the urban realm, to those which seek to develop cities as economic entities, it provides an accessible discussion and critique of some key approaches.
This fully updated edition of an essential introductory text offers a concise guide to the key structures and concepts in social policy and is designed to work in partnership with unique, innovative digital content that adds depth and provides a truly integrated way of learning.
This invaluable guide provides an introduction to community development, its origins and the different forms it takes. This second edition has been updated to reflect developments in policy and practice and recent debates.
The Short Guide to Criminal Justice provides a comprehensive, yet concise, introduction to the criminal justice system in the United Kingdom. It includes many student-friendly features such as case study boxes, tables showing key facts and figures and links to data sources and further reading.
This short offers an introductory overview of the practice of planning for those with little or no prior knowledge, considering the processes of development and looking at current and future pressures, dynamics and challenges.
This illuminating book offers a fresh and contemporary guide to the field of sociology. By demonstrating the versatility of the sociological imagination, the authors reveal the ways in which thinking sociologically can help us understand the personal, social and structural changes going on in the world around us.