The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Philosophy and Sociology

Why choose this course?

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

The programme offers a supported, stimulating and multicultural environment in which students can engage with concepts and theories within Sociology and Philosophy, and to develop specialised subject vocabularies.

The degree encourages individuals to become digitally literate and intellectually curious, with the capacity to work both independently and as part of a wider team to understand, develop and apply solutions to both theoretical and practical problems.

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.

Students will acquire the skills necessary to gather evidence and apply theories to a range of practical issues. Students are encouraged to share knowledge and be enterprising with their ideas.

What happens on the course?

In the first year, key concepts and methods are introduced to allow students to develop a 'sociological imagination' and understand the meaning of thinking ethically. and use reason critically.

The second year deepens students' understanding of sociological theories and research methods, and broadens philosophical knowledge through studying ethical theories and theories of knowledge. Students also have the opportunity to explore social aspects of contemporary Britain, including, gender and sexuality.

The final year enables you to specialise in case studies around conflict, nationality and identity through modules such as "Gender and Development in the 'Third World'", "Globalisation: Struggles and Resistance", "Work and Society", and "Global Education Issues". They will explore major developments in philosophy through modules such as "Freedom, Recognition and Authenticity"; "Philosophy of Mind"; "Self and Other"; "Political Theory". Students will also work with an academic supervisor on a research project tailored to their own personal interest, or on a research project based in a community organisation.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The combination of Sociology and Philosophy provides students with essential theoretical and methodological tools required to analyse and understand aspects of contemporary life.
  • 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 committed to high quality teaching and with record of internationally recognized research. Our research-led teaching ensures that you will be learning about the latest developments in the disciplines of Sociology and Philosophy.
  • Students will have the opportunity to listen to internationally renowned scholars through the Royal Institute of Philosophy public lecture series hosted by the university.

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:

For Philosophy:

"The curriculum is very well designed with material which meets the requirements of philosophical rigour and contemporary relevance. It is suitably orientated to cater for the interests of the students on the joint honours program. As in previous years it is evident that significant and sustained attention has been devoted to thinking about how to teach content in a way which encourages student engagement"

What our students think

The following comments are from Sociology and Philosophy students:

“The Sociology staff are so supportive. My educational journey in Sociology has made me feel I can do anything I want to and do it well. Upon graduating with my degree in Sociology, I decided to do my postgraduate studies at Wolverhampton University too, as the experience of the Sociology staff meant I didn't want to go anywhere else.”

“My philosophical education has nurtured my cognitive powers to levels of intensity and endurance I would never have thought myself capable of. Also, the enthusiasm of the lecturers has played an integral part in my coming to appreciate that the journey to new ways of seeing the world is as pleasurable as the destination itself.” Andres Del Cisne (Graduate 09)

Career path

Previous graduates have gone into a wide variety of careers including journalism, local and central government, advertising, management and advocacy. A notable proportion of graduates have also undertaken postgraduate education in recent years, including Masters and PhD degrees in Sociology, Social Work and in the Voluntary and Public Sectors. Teaching, lecturing or research is also a career option. If you want to become a teacher you will need to undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

What skills will you gain?

A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to demonstrate:

  1. knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in sociology and comprehend the distinctive character of sociological thought;
  2. the ability to critically review, evaluate and analyse a wide range of evidence and competing sociological perspectives and develop a reasoned argument in the evaluation of evidence;
  3. the ability to conduct research in a preliminary way and communicate and present findings in appropriate formats showing self-management, IT skills, digital literacy and enterprise.
  4. familiarity with specialized philosophical vocabulary; drawing connections between ideas, concepts, arguments and theories within Philosophy, between Philosophy and Sociology, and in practical contexts;
  5. openness to reasoned dialogue with others in contexts of problem identification, analysis and response in a multi-cultural and global context;
  6. integrity in recognizing valid arguments, especially ones with unlikely, unfamiliar or disagreeable characteristics and consequences;

Who accredits this course?


Entry requirements

2016 Entry

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 for further information.

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

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

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

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

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

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