Year 0 - Foundation Year
Contemporary Issues in Politics
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 you to engage in lively and topical debate on the big issues of the day.
Contemporary Issues in Sociology
This discursive issue focused module enables you to gain an entry level 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.
Contemporary Issues in Psychology
This module introduces students to some key areas and concepts in psychology and also begins to explore how psychology may be applied to addressing practical real-world problems and contemporary issues. Students will begin to put into practice the study skills that are required at university level and also begin to understand how to approach psychological theory and application from a critical standpoint.
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 and other formats.
This module provides an opportunity for hands-on project work allowing integration, reflection upon, and application of concepts and perspectives covered in subject-specific modules. The module provides a forum for exploring and appreciating the differences between, and the complementarity or otherwise of psychological, sociological and political perspectives on human behaviour.
The individual project allows you to pursue an investigation of a particular topic within your chosen subject area of EITHER Politics, OR Sociology, OR Psychology, and is designed to help you prepare for further study at Level 4 within your chosen degree pathway.
Sociological Imagination 1 and 2 (core for all students)
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 (core for single honours students, optional for combined honours students)
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.
Theorising Citizenship (core for single honours students, optional for combined honours students)
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.
Being Sociological (core for single honours students*, optional for all students,)
This module is designed to enhance your ability to debate key sociological questions, and through doing so appreciate the contested nature of sociological knowledge. You will also have the opportunity to apply a sociological viewpoint to contemporary cultural phenomena such as films and novels.
Who Am I? (core for single honours students*, optional for all students, core for single honours students*)
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.
(*single honours students may elect to drop one of these in order to take a starred module, when available)
Divisions, Diversity and Difference I (core for all students)
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 (core for single honours students, optional for combined honours students)
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.
Citizenship and Protest (optional)
This module will provide you with an informed understanding of the active practice of citizenship in contemporary Britain, building on relevant concepts and theories. Additionally, it will explore how empowered citizenship relates to structural disadvantage and individual and collective agency. This module also forms part of a ‘citizenship pathway’ in the degree, which is relevant to a future career in teaching.
Crime and Deviance (optional - not available to students combining with Applied Criminology)
This module takes a reflective and critical approach to key perspectives, theories and issues in the field of criminology and social order. It also considers how key axes of inequality such as race and ethnicity, gender and age intersect with crime.
Medicine, Health and Society (optional)
The sociology of medicine is the largest sub-discipline within sociology. This module focuses on two main themes: the history, power and dominance of biomedical knowledge and practice and how this may be interrogated sociologically; and the relationship between social inequalities and health inequalities.
Research Skills: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis (optional - prerequisites apply)
This module has both a conceptual and practical dimension to it. At a conceptual level, it will allow you to develop an in-depth appreciation of the strengths and limitations of various approaches to social research. At a practical level, you will get the chance to apply basic quantitative and qualitative research methods, often working in conjunction with local community organisations.
Social Psychology of People and Groups (optional - not available to students combining with Psychology)
With a focus on group dynamics, this module will allow you to develop a knowledge and understanding of social psychology, and of how the discipline relates to the other social sciences.
Sociology of Education (optional)
This module explores sociological insights into educational policy and practice in the UK, and how this relates to social stratification, social status and meritocracy. If you are considering teaching as a possible career choice, then this module will be of particular interest.
Sociology of Family Life (optional)
Building on the core year one Sociological Imagination modules, you will explore continuity, change and diversity in intimate relationships, and current transitions in families. This module should be particularly relevant if you are considering entering social work or teaching as a career.
Divisions, Diversity and Difference II (core for all students)
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.
Individual Study (core for single honours students (either 20 or 40 credits), optional for combined honours students – prerequisites apply)
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 in-depth 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.)
Citizenship and Community (optional - prerequisites apply)
This module, which is part of the degree’s ‘citizenship pathway’, combines academic study with practical engagement. You will research, identify and negotiate a volunteering placement in a community setting, and then use knowledge gained in class and through independent research to reflect upon your experience. Please note: it is likely that you will need to secure Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearances in order to take up your volunteering position, and you may need to meet any associated costs.
Globalisation and the Environment (optional)
This module will consider contemporary and historical aspects of globalisation, with a focus on the economic, political and cultural dimensions. It will go on to consider how these impact on current environmental concerns, and how such debates can be theorised and conceptualised.
Mind, Body and Society (optional)
This module explores the intersections between key debates in the sociology of mental health, and the sociology of the body. It will allow you to develop a sophisticated understanding of the ways in which social, historical, cultural and political contexts influence notions of mental and physical normality, focusing on topics such as: schizophrenia; anorexia; obesity; ageing.
Race, Ethnicity and Society (optional)
This module will provide you with a firm grounding in the sociology of race and ethnicity, through an in-depth conceptual, theoretical, and empirical exploration of the roles played by processes of racialisation and othering.
Reading Social Texts (optional)
Designed to help you hone your critical reading and independent research skills, this module will give you the confidence and skill to engage successfully with challenging theoretical primary texts. If you are considering applying for a Master’s degree or a PhD, this module would be a good choice.
Sexuality and Modernity (optional)
This module focuses on the relationship between sexuality and modernity. It problematises naturalistic understandings of sexuality, exploring questions of desire, pleasure, identity, sexual normativity and power in modernity from a broadly social constructionist perspective.
Work, Self and Society (optional)
This module explores the major sociological perspectives on work, and considers how work intersects with a number of key areas of substantive sociological interest, such as class, gender and technology. It will also give you the opportunity to reflect sociologically on any paid work that you have undertaken while at University, or before taking your degree.
Youth and Popular Culture (optional)
Through reviewing historical, social and economic factors, this module will explore the contingent and dynamic nature of youth social action, within a context of social divisions.