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.
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.
Comments from our External Examiner on provision:
"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"
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)
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).
A successful graduate from this course is expected to be able to demonstrate:
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
|Part time #||£2,835|
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 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact
These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
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