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BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences: Sociology standard pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll start your degree studies with one of two options:

  • Introducing the social sciences (DD101)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-15,module,DD101,,1 (60 credits): a broad, fascinating introductory module covering psychology, social policy and criminology, geography and environment, politics and international studies, economics and sociology; or
  • Introducing the social sciences - part one (DD131)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-15,module,DD131,,1 (30 credits) with Discovering psychology (DSE141)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-15,module,DSE141,,1 (30 credits): a shorter version of option 1, with an exploration of how psychologists investigate our thinking and behaviour – and how academic research can be applied in real-life settings.

You’ll follow this with the compulsory interdisciplinary Level 2 module The uses of social science (DD206)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-15,module,DD206,,1 (60 credits), which explores how social science uses evidence to describe the social world. You’ll ask how everyday personal troubles, such as obesity or smoking, become a basis for public concerns and how social sciences research makes claims about the links between the personal and the public. Its innovative assessment methods mean you’ll learn how to work collaboratively, write reports and create presentations as well as become confident in using ICT to find and evaluate a rich range of data.

Stage 2

Stage 2 comprises 60 credits from optional modules in social sciences and a further 60 credits from social sciences and complementary subjects – politics, social policy and criminology, economics, financial studies, environment, geography and international relations.

Stage 3

In the 60-credit module Making social worlds (DD308)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-15,module,DD308,,1, you’ll focus on how sociological frameworks and explanations make sense of the need for security, attachment between people and things, and regulation of social behaviour. Your study will be based on a number of rich case studies investigating questions like how the passport became a means of ‘recognising’ individuals and constructing citizenship; how we learned to shop in supermarkets; and why we watch reality television. Through these and other topics, you’ll learn how sociology illuminates the habits, devices and tools by which social worlds are created, persist over time and sometimes fail.

You’ll complete your degree by choosing from a list of options giving you the opportunity to explore a range of social issues and topics while continuing to develop your skills as a social scientist. They include politics, social policy, sociology, and international relations.

By the end of your studies, you’ll be an independent social scientific thinker – confident at finding, evaluating and presenting complex data and information, and able to build robust, reasoned arguments backed up by appropriate evidence. You’ll also have a portfolio of critical, analytic and practical skills as well as specialist knowledge that you can apply to a range of workplace environments.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from four to 16 years with this pathway.


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