Charlotte Wise Now studying for an MA in Sociology and Social Research
BBB from 3 A-levels. General Studies accepted.
3 years full time or 4 years with integrated placement year UCAS Code: LL24 Typical OffersA-levels: BBB from 3 A-levels. General Studies accepted.
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IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required. Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD. Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable. We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice. Specific subject requirements: GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.
The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. Tuition fees 2017/18: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,000 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees.
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Sociology and Social Policy is a multi-disciplinary programme that examines the major economic and social issues facing governments across the world, and the policies developed and delivered by governments and other organisations. It builds upon various A-Levels including Politics, (e.g the role of the government), Sociology (e.g. modern forms of power), Economics (e.g. market failure), Geography (e.g. globalisation) and Business Studies (e.g. government support for enterprise).
You will investigate the economic, social and political forces which influence government decision-making, and which give rise to conflict between the achievement of economic, environmental and social objectives. You will also examine why governments take particular decisions in key policy areas and develop a detailed understanding of processes of policy making at a global, national and local levels of government.
“Sociology enables us to understand the personal and private lives of individuals and engage with the messy nature of everyday life. All of this can then be viewed in the context of the public sphere. For example, one of my areas of research is around the impacts of inclusion and exclusion for children and young people and in the UK ‘Every Child Matters’ promotes a meaningful sense of well-being for all children and ‘Education for All’ positions a global inclusive education strategy. These are just two of the policy contexts that address education as a means to promote inclusion and meaningful learning. But do they? Large numbers of pupils are not included, have poor educational experiences and are either marginalised or demonised. Education is failing children and young people. Not least of all because they are disengaged, alienated and excluded from a meaningful learning process. League tabling and competitive schooling is stifling. We need to address these divisions as sociologists. This focus is just one area that within teaching sociology we can really get to the heart of understanding difference and diversity. More broadly, as a sociologist I have written Parenting and Inclusive Education, Critical Approaches to Care (with Susie Weller) as well as working on Intellectual Disability and Social Theory.”
Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.
Core modules: Social Theory 1Becoming a Social ScientistSocial IssuesFrom Social Problems to Public PoliciesUnderstanding Social Divisions AUnderstanding Social Divisions B
Core modules: Research MethodsContemporary Social TheoryAdvanced Research MethodsWelfare States and Welfare Change
Optional modules: Embodiment and Feminist TheoryMedia and SocietyKith and Kin: Family Lives in a Social ContextThe Social Life of StuffRace and Racisms
Government and ManagementEnvironmental PolicyCSI: Crime Subversion and InjusticeGlobal SocietyHealth MattersContested Cities and Changing Neighbourhoods
Optional placement year
Core modules: Dissertation
Optional modules: Work, Organisations and SocietyRacism, Class and GenderContemporary Social MovementsSport, Culture and SocietyPregnancy and PoliticsLearning to Labour: Education and SocietyReligion and SocietyPopular Music and Society
International Migration and PolicyHealth PolicyThe Challenges of Climate ChangeThe Citizen and the StateAgeing, Policy, SocietyFood and Society in a Global ContextCorporate Power in a Globalised World
Our graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers who value their understanding of different organisations, their communication skills and motivation for team work.
You will participate in lectures, tutorials, seminars, group and individual project work. The courses deal with many topical issues, and as a result we try to incorporate current media coverage and public debates into class discussions and to link these to academic research and commentary wherever possible.
You will be require expertise in critical reading, writing, research and presentation. For his reason, many of our courses are designed to help you develop skills in these areas. You will undertake a range of different kinds of course work and research, from informal interventions into issues of concern to formal research dissertations. Modules are assessed through essays, written and oral exams, project work and presentations.