School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Sociology and Politics

BA (Hons) Full-time 3 years, Part-time 6 years

 The Sociology and Politics degree gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the major political and sociological traditions through which we can make sense of the modern world.

 The Sociology and Politics degree gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the major political and sociological traditions through which we can make sense of the modern world.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code LL32
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  • Start Date(s) 20 January 2020, 21 September 2020, 23 September 2019
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Full-time, Part-time
  • Course Length Full-time (3 years), Part-time (6 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Social, Historical and Political Studies

Why choose this course?

 The Sociology and Politics degree gives students the opportunity to analyse and understand the major political and sociological traditions through which we can make sense of the modern world. This degree also focuses upon the debates concerning developments around economic, political and cultural globalisation.

Students are encouraged to apply their sociological and political knowledge to a range of key contemporary issues and to understand the impact such issues have upon citizenship, popular culture, education and employment in a national and international context.

Students have the opportunity to undertake community placements as part of the course. Such experiences broaden your academic knowledge, deepen your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhance opportunities for employment.

Teaching and learning is designed to support digital literacy. Students will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of social and political issues. Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas. Global comparative perspectives are incorporated in the degree providing students with the opportunity to learn about society and politics in other countries.

What happens on the course?

Semester 1 Starters:

UNDERGRADUATE

Year 1

4PO003 Introduction to British Politics (20 Credits)

4SL005 The Sociological Imagination (20 Credits)

4PO002 Introduction to International Relations (20 Credits)

4SL009 Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory (20 Credits)

4PO005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire from 1800 to 1950 or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language (20 Credits)

4PO006 Contemporary Capitalism or 4GK006 Success in Higher Education or 4WL002 Basic Language or 4WL003 Elementary Language or 4SL011 Volunteering in the Community or 4SL010 The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance (20 Credits)

Year 2

5PO003 Contemporary Political Ideologies (20 Credits)

5SL005 Issues and Debates in Sociological Thought (20 Credits)

5PO004 World Politics (20 Credits)

5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research (20 Credits)

5PO006 Contemporary Britain or 5SA014 Families, Children and the State or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5SL001 Racism, Diversity and difference in the British Context (20 Credits)

5SL002 Making Gender or 5PO005 Europe United? European Politics, Societies, Cultures or 5WL001 Basic Language or 5WL002 Elementary Language or 5SL008 Volunteering in Action (20 Credits)

Year 3

6SL012 Qualitative Research Methods (20 Credits)

6PO003 Political Theory (20 Credits)

6SL003 Independent Project in Sociology or 6SL004 Community Link in Sociology or 6PO004 Project (Politics) or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6SL010 Gender and Development in Non-Western Societies or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6SL013 The Global World or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community (20 Credits)

6SL003 Independent Project in Sociology or 6SL004 Community Link in Sociology or 6PO004 Project (Politics) or 6PO005 Security and Integration in the New Europe or 6PO001 Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland or 6SL010 Gender and Development in Non-Western Societies or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6SL013 The Global World or 6HS013 Work Placement in the Community (20 Credits)

6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6SL011 The Sociology of Migration or 6SL003 Independent Project in Sociology or 6SL004 Community Link in Sociology or 6PO004 Project (Politics) or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6SL002 Global Educational Issues or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East (20 Credits)

6HS013 Work Placement in the Community or 6SL011 The Sociology of Migration or 6SL003 Independent Project in Sociology or 6SL004 Community Link in Sociology or 6PO004 Project (Politics) or 6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language or 6SL002 Global Educational Issues or 6PO002 The Politics of the Middle East (20 Credits)

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

  • Graduates from this degree course are likely to be attracted to a wide range of careers in the public and voluntary sectors, particularly local government.
  • You may go into teaching, lecturing or research in the fields of Sociology or Politics. If you want to become a teacher you will need to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).
  • You could also choose to apply for Postgraduate courses in Sociology, Politics, Social Work, Masters degrees in the Voluntary and Public Sectors.

 

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

 The combination of Sociology and Politics provides students with essential theoretical and methodological tools required to analyse and understand aspects of contemporary social and political life and to comprehend the impact of political decision-making upon our lives.

This course involves work and community placements at every level of study, allowing students to put their knowledge into practice thereby deepening appreciation of these two disciplines and enhancing employment opportunities.

Students will be taught by skilled staff who are committed to high qualityteaching and whoare research-active. Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the latest developments in the disciplines of Sociology and Politics.

 A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  1. Demonstrate a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the disciplines of Sociology and to comprehend the distinctive character of Sociological thought;
  2. Critically review, analyse and evaluate a wide range of appropriate evidence in relation to a variety of social theories or theories used in sociology and politics, and to mobilise a reasoned, informed argument;
  3. Conduct research in a preliminary way, and communicate findings to a range of audiences using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways;
  4. Demonstrate their knowledge of the political history, institutions and ideological traditions of the UK and/or one other area;
  5. Demonstrate understanding of  key issues in relation to rights, diversity and equality, and inclusion in the modern world;
  6. Demonstrate a range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and personal and social development.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

2019 Entry

  • ‘A’ levels at grade BBC - CCC
  • BTEC QCF Extended Diploma grade MMM, BTEC QCF Diploma grade DD
  • Access to HE Diploma full award (Pass of 60 credits - of which a minimum of 45 credits must be at level 3 including 18 at Merit or Distinction).
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at http://www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply
  • Successful completion of the International Foundation Year in Social Sciences guarantees entry on to this course

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see http://wlv.ac.uk/mature for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the gov.uk website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

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