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BA (Honours) Combined Social Sciences: 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.Q69-2,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.Q69-2,module,DD131,,1 (30 credits) with Discovering psychology (DSE141)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,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.

At the same time you’ll study a further 60 credits in complementary subjects such as law, health and social care, prior experiential learning, health sciences, mathematics and statistics, environment and arts.

Stage 2

Stage 2 starts with The uses of social science (DD206)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD206,,1, a 60-credit module exploring how social science uses evidence to describe the social world. It asks 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.

Next, you choose from a wide choice of 60-credit modules in social sciences, including:

  • Running the economy (DD209)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD209,,1: investigate the connections between economic policy, competition, firms’ decision-making, market structures and the role of the state and the national economy
  • Living in a globalised world (DD205)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD205,,1: find out to what extent different parts of the world are connected to create a globalised world
  • Power, dissent, equality: understanding contemporary politics (DD203)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD203,,1: shed light on the inner workings of power, decision-making and protest at both local and governmental levels
  • Welfare, crime and society (DD208)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD208,,1: discover how individuals are shaped by policy making and welfare practices in relation to care, work and citizenship
  • Exploring psychology (DSE212)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DSE212,,1: investigate biological, social and cognitive psychologies and undertake practical research
  • International development: making sense of a changing world (TD223)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,TD223,,1: open up the local and global aspects of inequality, justice, and displacement
  • Environment: sharing a dynamic planet (DST206)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DST206,,1: investigate why environmental questions are the source of political and scientific conflict.

Stage 3

To complete your degree, you’ll choose two 60-credit modules a wide choice of modules in social sciences, including:

  • Doing economics: people, markets and policy (DD309)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD309,,1: examines the various economic theories that explain people’s behaviour in households, business and government
  • Living political ideas (DD306)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD306,,1: on the relevance of political ideas for national and world politics
  • Crime and justice (DD301)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD301,,1: explores the complex relationships between crime, crime control and criminal justice
  • Cognitive psychology (DD303)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD303,,1 or Social psychology: critical perspectives on self and others (DD307)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD307,,1
  • International relations: continuity and change in global politics (DD313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD313,,1: considers political and economic aspects of international order
  • Personal lives and social policy (DD305)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD305,,1: approaches social policy through the experience of individuals as they shape and are shaped by the practices of welfare
  • Earth in crisis: environmental policy in an international context (DU311)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DU311,,1: on environmental policy in an international context
  • Making social worlds (DD308)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q69-2,module,DD308,,1: on how behaviour is socially regulated, and attachments are made.

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 across a range of disciplines. This provides you with a wide contextual understanding of social problems and a multiplicity of approaches to addressing them, all of which will be highly valuable in 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

This pathway is ideal if you wish to study 120 credits per year (full-time equivalent) and complete your degree in three years. However, if at any point during your studies you wish to study at a slower pace you can - the maximum study time for this pathway is 16 years.


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