Introduction to Politics (20 credits)
This module explores key issues and questions in the study of politics – including how political systems function, how political change occurs, and who holds political power. The module takes an exciting and innovative problem focused approach, enabling students to engage in lively and topical debate on the big issues of the day.
Introduction to Sociology (20 credits)
This module enables you to gain a foundational understanding of key critical issues in the study of sociology – including race, class and gender. The module uses the ‘sociological imagination’ to interrogate these issues in an engaging, innovative and informative fashion.
Introduction to Psychology (20 credits)
An introductory module addressing the key problems and issues Psychology - the study of human emotion and behaviour. The module will address key questions, including how does human personality develop? What are the key factors which shape human emotion?
Study skills (20 credits)
The module aims to give you the basic transferable skills needed to understand and practice social scientific reasoning, to undertake research methods and to communicate effectively with academic writing skills and other academic skills.
Interdisciplinary Project (40 credits)
This is a 40 credit interdisciplinary project module that a number of themes such as inequality, protest, the environment. The module uses the approaches of Psychology, Politics, Sociology and Social Policy to interrogate these key issues in a rounded and informative way.
Sociological Imagination 1 & 2
Together, these two core modules explore a variety of key substantive sociological topics (such as: order and deviance; material inequality and social class; gender and the family; race and ethnicity), in relation to the research methods that have been used to produce sociological knowledge of these areas. Alongside this, they will also introduce you to classical and contemporary sociological theory. As such, these modules provide the groundwork you will need in order to develop your capacity to think sociologically throughout your degree. Additionally, they will allow you to acquire a range of key undergraduate learning skills, to help you make the transition into Higher Education smoothly and effectively.
Introduction to Social Policy
This module will introduce you to the history of social policy, alongside the intellectual approaches that have informed policy developments from the early twentieth century to the present day. You will explore the links between theoretical analysis and empirical enquiry with respect to a range of contemporary issues, such as health and health promotion, education, work and unemployment, housing, ageing, child care, youth, and disability.
This module explores the notion of citizenship, through reviewing a number of relevant theoretical traditions and related socio-political concepts, and their connections to social policy.
Who Am I?
This module draws not only on sociology, but also on cognate academic disciplines, to explore the nature of contemporary identity. It will also help you develop your skills of reflection, through applying insights from the social sciences to your own experiences.
Case Studies in Social Policy
This module discusses social policy research methods, historical and theoretical developments, and policy-making processes as they relate to the themes and topics discussed in ‘Introduction to Social Policy’. As such, it aims to deepen your understanding, and encourage you to begin to apply your knowledge to the study of social policy in practice.
Divisions, Diversity and Difference I
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a number of key themes first encountered in your first year, such as: the relationships between individuals and institutions; social change; politics and power; and social exclusion, inequality, diversity and difference.
Theory and Methods
This module will develop your ability to ask and answer sociological questions, through extending your knowledge and understanding of both contemporary sociological theory and research methods.
Welfare and Wellbeing
This module aims to promote an enhanced understanding of the institutions involved in the development and implementation of social policies, how these have developed over time, and the themes, issues and debates surrounding them. You will explore the construction of social problems, in different historical periods and different national contexts.
Divisions, Diversity and Difference II
This module will extend your understanding of the key sociological themes, which were explored in Divisions, Diversity and Difference I. It specifically focuses on the intersections between different axes of social division. It will also help you prepare for life after university and develop your employability skills.
Comparative Social Policy
This module aims to explore the ways in which different societies have attempted to tackle social problems and inequalities at different points in history, and to analyse to the impact of policy developments within national and cross-national contexts. You will engage with core theoretical approaches and more recent policy trends and intellectual developments to understand the evolution of welfare systems within distinct national contexts; the cross-national diffusion of welfare models and policy developments; and the ways in which welfare systems have changed over time to meet the demands of a globalised world.
Individual Study (either 20 or 40 credits)
This module aims to consolidate and deepen your sociological knowledge and understanding through autonomous work. Supported by a supervisor you will define, design and execute an indepth study on a topic of your choice. The 40 credit version may also involve original empirical research. (Both variants of this module are in principle also available to combined honours students, but certain prerequisites apply.)