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BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology

UCAS code: 
L380
Institution code: 
S82
Location: 
Ipswich

Duration: 

Three years full-time.

Six years part-time.

Typical Offer: 

2020 entry: 112 UCAS tariff points (or above)
BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Next available intake is September 2020.

Introduction

During a period of profound and unprecedented political upheaval, a degree in politics and sociology will equip you with the skills necessary to lead and succeed in a changing world.

Combining your politics degree with the study of sociology is a smart choice. Sociology’s role is to analyse the changing nature of our social world. Its relationship with politics is deep and complex.

As well as exploring British and international political structures, our course offers a distinct focus on ‘political action’ across party politics, campaigns and community politics, with a particular focus on sociological perspectives.

Throughout the course, we maintain a critical focus on how political ideas and policies translate into outcomes ‘on the ground’. This includes relating established and emerging theory to issues of contemporary social justice and social policy, whilst studying challenging aspects of the real world such as inequality, violence, unfairness, or injustice.

Politics and sociology graduates have an important range of analytical and organisational skills applicable to many graduate opportunities. Jobs directly related to this degree include Government and Civil Service roles, covering public affairs, consultancy and research. Jobs in the field of marketing, media, public relations, and local government are also popular.

The political landscape is changing as society is evolving. New dynamic relationships are being forged between the left and right, and between localism, nationalism and globalism. There has never been a more exciting time for the joint study of politics and sociology.

Course modules

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

Social Science Research Skills (Mandatory)

Social Science Research Skills aims to give students an introduction to social science research methods, in addition to progressing important study skills during Level 4. Social Science Research Skills provides the foundation for the Level 5 Quantitative and Qualitative Data modules.

Introduction to Sociology (Mandatory)

This module is concerned with making the everyday strange and the far away near so as to gain a better grasp on key aspects of social life. This leads into a key concern of sociology with questions of power and inequality.

History of Political Thought (Mandatory)

This module introduces the important ideas in the history of political thought from Aristotle to Marx and J.S. Mill. It then explores political and social order, legitimacy, justice, power, authority, rights, liberty, sovereignty, and democracy as developed in the 19th and 20th century.

Current Political Disputes (Optional)

This module aims to explore a range of specific disputes or problems at the local, national, regional and global level. Through the exploration of historical context and relevant political ideas and concepts students can get to grips with the complexity of political concepts.

Politics and Policy (Optional)

This module will introduce students to political concepts, principles and operation of politics in the UK. It will provide allow politics to be viewed through the range of responses to social issues and problems, in particular those perceived as being related to crime and deviance.

Grassroots Politics and Activism (Optional)

This module outlines the key elements of political organisation and offers the chance to engage in small group projects exploring the important practical nature of doing politics understood in its widest way.

Social Change (Optional)

This module will introduce the major aspects of social change that have led to and developed within modern societies. The emphasis will be upon structural changes in Britain and Europe, but will give room for students to explore social change in rapidly changing middle income countries as well.

Migration and Ethnicity (Optional)

The module will look into the history of people’s movement across the globe. Moreover, a focus on migration also includes discussions about different causes of migration, and its voluntary and forced forms, as well as asylum seeking.

Media, Crime and Deviance (Optional)

Media, Crime and Deviance aims to introduce students to some aspects of media sociology by critically examining everyday common sense notions about crime and deviance. Students will be invited to consider the socially constructed nature of crime and deviance and how these typologies change over time and between cultures.

Secondary Quantitative Data Analysis (Mandatory)

Understanding and ability to conduct a secondary quantitative data analysis is very useful to students of social sciences. This module continues on from the level 4 Social Science Research Skills Module, looking to provide students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their own independent studies.

Questionnaire Design and Analysis (Optional)

Questionnaire Design and Analysis provides students with the skills to carry out research of sufficient quality and rigour to complete their independent studies. The module aims to promote a critical and questioning approach, provide students with an advanced awareness of SPSS in addition to ethical concerns, reliability and validity in research.

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis (Optional)

Qualitative Research Design and Analysis serves as a basis for the Dissertation research at Level 6, providing students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills in managing, collecting, analysing and reporting qualitative data. Students will identify and discuss ethical considerations relating to qualitative research.

Contemporary Political Theory (Requisite)

The module studies the rise and evolution of a number of systems of thought such as Marxism and post-Marxism, post-colonialism and the critique of eurocentrism in political thought, Liberalism and Neoliberalism, Conservatism and Neo-conservatism, as well as the dark side of the 20th century by looking at Nazism, Fascism, Neo-Nazism, and racism. You will have the opportunity to explore questions such as the restriction of the citizens’ rights in the name of security and safety, civil disobedience, global warning, the rise of populism, the effect of identity politics on the public sphere, the politics of austerity, animal welfare and others.

Social Theory (Mandatory)

Social Theory provides students with the opportunity to engage with the ideas of a range of important theorists from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, allowing for an engagement with the insightful, often challenging and sometimes counter-intuitive perspectives that come from a range of contemporary social theorists.

Political Sociology (Requisite)

This module critically explores the major currents of Political Sociology. We aim to identify key topics, concepts and theorists that are highly influential in contemporary scholarship in this field. The starting point is to analyse the relations between state, society, and political agents in the contemporary world.

Sociology of Health & Illness (Optional)

The central theme is the social nature of health. Understanding the broad patterns of morbidity and mortality are fundamental to enabling informed discussion regarding the social nature of health. The module seeks to broaden student’s understanding of contemporary health and illness with a content which is topical, wide ranging combining contemporary issues in health with classic debates within this field.

Social Justice and Policy (Optional)

To have a fairer society has been a rallying call for many political thinkers, politicians and activist over the past few hundred years. This module examines the nature of social justice and the range of policies that have sought to make societies fairer.

Political Argument and Persuasion (Optional)

This module will develop a range of skills relating to organisation and communication with a particular focus on argument and negotiation. In this way, the module deals with a central question of the mechanisms by which politics takes place. The module will use case studies and group work to develop skills and provides a key element of the University of Suffolk approach to politics.

Political Discourse (Optional)

The module introduces students to the important role of language in politics. It explores the role of speech, words, phrases, and images in politics.

Globalisation (Optional)

This module intends to examine definitions of globalisation, the dimensions of globalisation and the evidence to evaluate the extent to which globalisation is now a key element in important aspects of social life. This module will allow students of sociology should be able to engage with these debates by evaluating a range of data and arguments about globalisation.

The World of Work (Optional)

The module will consider theoretical aspects of work and employment, as well as, it will review the most recent sociological research related to work and employment.  The examples will focus on Ipswich, Suffolk, and more widely on the UK and a global dimension of work and employment.

Dissertation (Mandatory)

The Research Dissertation gives students the opportunity to expand learning and develop interests in a particular topic. Students will critique research by others and will reflect on their own work, moving students from a theoretical knowledge of research toward a more informed level of skill and application.

Political Engagement and Professional Development (Mandatory)

This module further develops a range of employment skills and career considerations by applying many of the techniques used for both the analysis of politics and in the organisation of political and social and interest group movements. It allows you to focus on your skills with a view to developing important tools for managing your career and your future.

International Development (Optional)

The increase in levels of human development along a range of measures is one of the largest consequences of changes over the last 50 years. This module will examine the very real tensions between globalisation that increases inequality and globalisation that increases human development.

Technology and Material Civilization (Optional)

To explore the relationship between technology and society is to look at the relationship between people and things. In this respect important debates about material culture and their origin in anthropology will be explored. The study of human material culture is one very important approach with considerable contemporary interest to be examined in this module.

Gender and Sexuality (Optional)

Gender and sexuality are an everyday experience for most people and impact on their daily lives. However, great complexity surrounds gender and sexuality in a contemporary society and culture. The module will consider theoretical aspects, as well as, it will look at different ways of researching gender and sexuality.

Human Rights (Optional)

This module explores the national, international and comparative dimensions of human rights discourse and legal protection with an emphasis on substantive themes of direct relevance to criminal justice. Students will develop a comprehensive understanding of the key strands in the philosophy of human rights, the principal legal human rights regimes, and appreciate that human rights is a contested field.

Drugs, Crime and Society (Optional)

This module will look at the practical measure taken to attempt to reduce crime and evaluate their effectiveness. A focus on community resources and characteristics is a key part of this evaluation.

Sociology of Law (Optional)

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the central debates in the sociology of law. This subject has developed into a branch of jurisprudence that is concerned with the origins, functions, practice, and justifications of law in society and is often seen in contrast to analytical and normative jurisprudence.

Comparative Politics (Optional)

Comparative politics is about exploring how different human communities make decisions. Most decisions still take place within nation states and the aim of comparative politics is to allow for an understanding of different ways that people organize their politics or have them organized by others for them. This module will allow students to develop a knowledge of the operation of other European and Asian political systems. It will allow an exploration of different forms of democratic and authoritarian government.

Mental Health Policy and Practice (Optional)

This module introduces the sociological perspective to the discussion about and the debates on mental illness and the development of the psychiatric treatment and services.

Career opportunities

Politics and Sociology graduates are well placed to seek employment in graduate management schemes, social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector.

Graduates may pursue roles such as a community development worker, further education lecturer, housing officer, teacher, social researcher, social worker (after taking relevant postgraduate qualification) and welfare rights adviser. It is also possible to progress to postgraduate study in Town Planning.

Other related careers include civil service fast streamer, government social research officer, politician's assistant, public affairs consultant, public relations account executive or a social researcher. 

Sociologists and political scientists are able to work in both the public and private sectors to analyse trends and make projections about the future. Learning to use statistics is a key part of the sociology and politics course and makes Politics and Sociology graduates very employable.

Our Politics and Sociology degree provides an excellent grounding for a career in business, many of the techniques used in marketing and businesses use ideas originally developed in sociology. Marketing is a great option for sociology graduates with a good grasp of demographic characteristics.

Fees and finance

2019-20

  • Full-time tuition fee: £9,250 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £1,454 per 20 credits (Please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information                                                       

  • Detailed information about Tuition Fees
  • Find out more about Financial Support eligibility.
  • Also see Loans and Grants.
  • At University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.

Entry requirements

Next available intake is September 2020.

Academic Requirements

112 UCAS tariff points (or above), BBC (A-Level), DMM (BTEC).

Plus GCSE grade A-C including English and Mathematics (or equivalent) or new GCSEs grade 4-9.

Also see How to Apply.

International Requirements

IELTS 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.  

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.

Staff

Senior Lecturer in Politics

Associate Professor in Sociology

Senior Lecturer

Course Leader in MSc Crime and Community Safety and Senior Lecturer

Lecturer in Sociology

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Associate Professor in Criminology