The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)Sociology and History

Why choose this course?

This programme of study offers you the chance to analyse and understand the complexities of the social world in its historical and contemporary context. During your studies, you will learn about those concepts, theories and methods essential to what we call an historical and sociological imagination - those special ways of identifying, describing and evaluating the past and the present.

Using traditional and enhanced electronic forms of learning, you will develop your skills for gathering evidence and applying theories to a range of historical and sociological issues. In the process, you will be encouraged to share ideas and be intellectually enterprising. You will also have the opportunity to do volunteer work in the local community – an experience that allows you to apply the skills you have acquired in the classroom to a range of social settings, deepens your appreciation of civic responsibility and enhances your opportunities for employment.

Further information on history.
Further infromation on sociology.

What happens on the course?

Your first year provides an introduction to the study and practice of Sociology and History. You will learn key concepts used in these disciplines and apply them to the study of both past events and contemporary institutions like work, education and health. You will explore the ‘Making of Modern Britain’ and ‘The Sociological Imagination’. You will also have the opportunity to study an interdisciplinary module, such as ‘Popular culture’ or the ‘Holocaust’. You may also study a language, or volunteer in the community.

In your second year, your programme explores key theoretical debates, and continues your work on social scientific methods. It also enables you to study, for example, the British working class, and the experience of migration. You will also study an interdisciplinary module on ‘Human Security’ or ‘Body, Sexuality and Identity’ and may continue your interest in a language, or volunteer work.

Your third year allows you to tailor you studies around topics that interest you. In Sociology, you can select modules on, for example, ‘Gender and Development in Non-Western societies’, ‘Global Education’, and ‘Work’. In History you may study ‘Youth Culture’, ‘Consumer Society’, and ‘Latin America’. You will also undertake either an individually designed research project – with your own academic supervisor - on a subject of your choice, or in a community-based work placement.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Semester 1

Semester 2

4SL005 The Sociological Imagination

C

4SL009 Introduction to Classical Sociological Theory

4HS001 The Pursuit of History

C

4HS003 The Making of Modern Britain

Take ONE module

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

4GK005 Campaigning and Citizenship: Women in Britain and its Empire 1800-1950

4GK009 The Holocaust

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

O

Take ONE module

4GK006 Success in Higher Education

4GK004 Volunteering in the Community

4GK010 Contemporary Capitalism

4WL002 Basic Language

4WL003 Elementary Language

4SL010 The Media and the Manufacture of Deviance

Year 2 (Level 5)

Semester 1

Semester 2

5SL005 Issues and Debates in Sociological Thought

C

5SL007 Doing Quantitative Research

Take ONE module

5HS006 Victorian Britain

5HS008 Migrant Stories, Migrant Journeys

O

Take ONE module

5HS005 The British Working Class, 1900-1985

5HS003: Sex and the City: Sexuality in the C18th

Take ONE module

5GK015 Contemporary Britain

5SL003: Contemporary Families: Debates and Controversies

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

O

Take ONE module

5GK005 Volunteering in Action: Making a difference in your Community

5GK015 Contemporary Britain

5HS007 Preserving the Past: Heritage, History and Identity

5WL001 Basic Language

5WL002 Elementary Language

Year 3 (Level 6)

Semester 1

Semester 2

Take ONE module

6HS005: Latin America 1800-1939

6HS003: Consumption and the World of Goods

O

Take ONE module

6HS006: Youth Culture and the C20th Britain.

6HS002: Consumer Society in Britain, 1800-1939

6HS001: USA, 1890-1945

6SL008 Globalisation: Struggles and Resistance

C

Take ONE module

6SL002 Global Educational Issues

And /Or

6SL011 Sociology of Migration

Take ONE module

6HS004 Independent Study in History

6SL003 Independent Project in Sociology

6SL004 Community Link in Sociology

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

6SL010 Gender and Development in Non-Western Societies

If you are taking a Sociology Independent Study/Community Link in semester 2, take one more module from the level 6 History list above

If you are taking a History Independent Study in semester 2, take 6SL010; Gender and Development.

NB: one independent study/community link must be taken in the year - see note below

O

Take ONE module

6HS004 Independent Study in History

6SL003 Independent Project in Sociology

6SL004 Community Link in Sociology

6WL001 Intermediate/Advanced Language

If you have taken an independent study/ community link in semester 1; take one more module from the level 6 lists above.

NB: one independent study/community link must be taken in the year - see note below

Why Wolverhampton?

You will be able to study key theories and methods of each discipline, and apply them to particular sociological and historical themes and issues.

You will have the opportunity to engage in community-based learning through placement in local voluntary agencies, organisations and work environments.

You will be taught by skilled tutors and active researchers who are eager to share their scholarships and practical experiences of ‘doing history and sociology.’

Comments from our External Examiner on provision:

For History:

"I have been impressed by the student assignments and module documents that I read. It is clear that the History degree programme at Wolverhampton is delivered by dedicated, hard-working and expert staff. As I have mentioned in previous reports, the use of source material in assessments is particularly impressive: images and artefacts are used very effectively as well as more traditional documentary material. Students evidently respond to these sources well in their written work. I have copied the use of online collections of sources in the assessment of some of my own modules … and feel that this approach encourages the kind of independence and critical thinking that is essential at degree level".

"In my discussions with staff I have been impressed by their knowledge of individual students, and the obvious time and consideration that they give to all the undergraduates that they teach. The feedback provided to students is generally very clear and positive: students at all levels of ability are given explicit and helpful advice on how to improve their work".

"In my time here I have found the staff to be excellent in their teaching and subject knowledge, their assessment and their concern for the students".

What our students think

From a recent graduate in Sociology:

“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.”

Recent History graduates have this to say about the course:
“I love being in university so much that that is where I want to stay!”
“The help and guidance provided by the lecturers … has been invaluable.”
“My three years at Wolverhampton have been brilliant. I’ve been introduced to new ways of looking at History and that’s something I’m really going take into my future career.”

Career path

The skills, competencies and knowledge you learn through sociological and historical study are directly relevant to a variety of careers. Sociology graduates are often employed in the public sector: doing social research in the civil service, local government or with think tanks; public sector management; as professional practitioners or working on projects in areas concerning social inequalities and social exclusion. History graduates are often employed in libraries and information work, archive management, museum administration and heritage management. Local government, the civil service, the media, teaching and a range of business and commercial enterprises actively seek graduates with sociology and history degrees. Many of our students also continue their studies taking a range of post-graduate courses.

What skills will you gain?

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theoretical and methodological approaches in the disciplines of sociology and history;
  • to demonstrate a critical understanding of the problematic nature of sociological and historical evidence in your efforts to interpret the past and make sense of the present;
  • to demonstrate your ability to analyse the processes of continuity and change, and the connections between society and identity, particularly in relation to place, ethnicity, gender and social class;
  • to conduct sociological and historical research and communicate your findings to a range of audiences, using appropriate technologies in digitally literate ways;
  • to demonstrate a range of conceptual and practical skills commensurate with graduate employment, and personal and social development;
  • to develop an understanding of the value of civic responsibility in your outlook toward and relationships with others.

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 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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