The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Sociology and Politics

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?

Indicative Course Structure (Info correct on July 2016).

Semester 1 Starters:

Level 4

Semester 1

Semester 2

20

C

4PO003: Introduction to British Politics

4PO002: Introduction to International

Relations

20

C

20

C

4SL005: The Sociological Imagination

4SL009: Introduction to Classical

Sociological Theory

20

C

20

O

Take One module:

4PO005: Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire 1800-19504

4GK006: Success in Higher Education

4WL002:Basic Language

4WL003:Elementary Language

Take One module:

4PO006: Contemporary Capitalism

4SL010: The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance

4SL011: Volunteering in the Community

4GK006: Success in Higher Education

4WL002:Basic Language

4WL003:Elementary Language

O

20

Level 5

Semester 1

Semester 2

20

C

5PO003: Political Ideologies

5PO004: World Politics

20

C

20

C

5SL005: Issues and Debates in Sociological Thought

5SL007: Doing Quantitative Research

20

C

20

O

Take One module:

5PO006:Contemporary Britain

5SA014: Families, Children and the State

5SL001: Racism, Diversity and difference in the British Context

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

Take One module:

5SL008: Volunteering in Action

5PO005: Europe United: European Politics, Societies and Cultures

5SL002: Making Gender

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

O

20

O

5LW002: Sandwich Year Placement (40 credits)

(Prohibited combination with 5SL008)

40

Level 6

Semester 1

Semester 2

C

6SL012: Qualitative Research Methods

C

6PO003: Political Theory

  • Students must take a Project or Community placement in either Politics or Sociology in semester 1 or 2. Students are not permitted to take a project and/or community placement in both subjects.
  • Students are not permitted to take both an Independent Project and a Community Link Placement.
  • Students must have 3 modules in Politics and 3 modules in Sociology at each level of study.

O

One of:

6SL003: Independent Project in Sociology

6SL004: Community Link in Sociology

6PO004: Independent Project in Politics

6HS013: Work Placement in the Community

20

O

If not taken in semester 1, take one of:

6SL003: Independent Project in Sociology

6SL004: Community Link in Sociology

6PO004: Independent Project in Politics

6HS013: Work Placement in the Community

20

O

6PO005:Security and Integration in the New Europe

6PO001: Democracy and Terrorism: Conflict Resolution in Northern Ireland

6SL010: Gender and Development in Non-Western Societies

6SL013: The Global World

6WL001: Intermediate/

Advanced Language

20

O

6SL011: Sociology of Migration

6SL002: Global Educational Issues

6PO002: The Politics of the Middle East

6WL001: Intermediate/Advanced Language

20

Why Wolverhampton?

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.

What our students think

The following comments are from Sociology and Politics 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 time at Wolverhampton University as a student of Politics was a most constructive and enjoyable one from an academic point of view, but also from a social and cultural perspective. Academically the modules offered me a first-class education delivered by very competent and dedicated lecturers.”

Career path

  • 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.

What skills will you gain?

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.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

  • 240-280 UCAS points with a minimum of 180 points from at least two ‘A’ levels
  • 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.
  • Successful completion of the foundation year of our BA (Hons) Law and Social Sciences with Foundation Year guarantees entry on to this course
  • 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.

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 321150

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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