BA

Sociology (with integrated year studying abroad)

BA Sociology (with integrated year studying abroad) Code L302

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Key Facts

L302
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    4 Year

Further details on entry requirements

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The BA Sociology with integrated year studying abroad degree at Aberystwyth University will train you to develop a critical awareness of and engagement with the social world. By studying this course, you will develop a thorough grounding in the conceptual and theoretical approaches that have been employed by sociologists to study the world around us. You will also develop your ability to analyse social phenomena through training in the collection, analysis and presentation of sociological data.  Your integrated year studying abroad will be undertaken in-between your second and final year of study at Aberystwyth. You will have the option to study with one of our many European partners or further afield with our international partners. Visit our dedicated page of partners for further information.

Some of the distinctive aspects of Aberystwyth’s approach to Sociology include: 

  • emphasising the value and significance of a field-based approach to Sociology, with field exercises being integrated into lecture modules, and a dedicated Field-Based Sociology module in year 2
  • integrating more applied perspectives into the teaching that we undertake on key themes and concepts in Sociology to demonstrate its real-world significance (and, in doing so, help with the employability of our Sociology graduates)
  • drawing on our research strengths and to ensure that students are exposed to cutting-edge theoretical and empirical understandings of the social world.


Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

92% overall student satisfaction for the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for the subject of Geography & Environmental Science (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

97% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 4% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2018*)

Overview

A degree in BA Sociology at Aberystwyth will allow you to:

  • be able to critically evaluate ideas, concepts and approaches across the whole of the subject and within particular branches of Sociology
  • be able to carry out independent research, applying a range of skills in relation to data collection, analysis and presentation; have developed a range of skills and be able to apply them to a variety of Sociological issues
  • be able to recognise that your learning experience has been positively reinforced by exposure to research
  • to develop an increased cultural awareness developed during your time studying abroad
  • be able to evaluate your own performance in a range of learning contexts and under different modes of assessment
  • be able to work independently, in a team and with a social awareness of the contribution made by scholarship and applied research in their discipline to social policy
  • have the necessary skills and awareness to seek employment in a variety of professional careers or to begin postgraduate research and study.


Our Staff

Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.

Modules

Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Place and Identity GS14220 20
Understanding Sameness and Difference GS15120 20
Key Concepts in Sociology GS16120 20
Researching the Social World GS17100
Researching the Social World GS17120 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Studying Media FM10620 20
Studying Television FM10220 20
Studying Communication FM10720 20
Studying Film FM10120 20
Conflict and Change: the making of urban and rural spaces * GS10220 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Quantitative Data Analysis GS23810 10
Placing Culture GS22920 20
Understanding (in)equality and (in)justice GS24220 20
Introduction to Social Theory GS25020 20

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Researching People and Place * GS20510 10
Digital Culture FM25520 20
Advertising FM21920 20
Lleoli Gwleidyddiaeth DA23020 20
Placing Politics GS23020 20
Urban Sociology in Practice GS26220 20

Core

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Sociology Dissertation GS31200
Sociology Dissertation GS31240 40

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Gender and the Media FM38320 20
Cenedlaetholdeb a chymdeithas DA32220 20
Landscapes of British Modernity GS36220 20
Geographies of the Global Countryside GS36820 20
Urban Risk and Environmental Resilience GS37520 20
Geographies of Memory GS37920 20
World Regional Islam GS38420 20
Contemporary Global Migration GS39120 20

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Employability

The study of Sociology provides a solid foundation for you to consider a wide range of careers including the media, social work, international development, community engagement, and the civil service to name a few. Nowadays, employers are seeking graduates who possess various skills which include the ability to think analytically and laterally. The BA in Sociology with integrated year studying abroad degree provides you with a breadth and flexibility of skills which is why Sociology graduates nationally are attractive to employers. Your enhanced skill set developed during your time studying abroad demonstrates to your future employer your ability to adapt and adjust to a new setting while embracing a new culture.


Sociology graduates have progressed on to: 

  • Criminology, the Police Force
  • Health and Social Care
  • Social Work
  • Social Policy (including public housing, social work, local government administration and the voluntary sector)
  • Management
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Research. 


Learning & Teaching

During your first year of your course, you will be introduced to the main concepts, themes and perspectives of Sociology which include: 

  • Key concepts and theoretical approaches that have been and are developing within Sociology
  • The relationships between individuals, groups and social structures
  • Social Diversity and inequalities
  • The role of culturally organised processes in life
  • Processes underpinning social change
  • The distinctive character of Sociology in relation to other forms of understanding, such as its relation to other disciplines and to everyday explanations
  • The relationship between analysis of evidence and sociological arguments.

During your third year, you will undertake your year studying abroad with one of our European or International partners.

During your second and final year, the teaching will consider: 

  • Core knowledge and understanding modules to develop your capacities relating to your first year modules
  • A range of qualitative, quantitative and digital data sources, research strategies and methods of data collection and analysis
  • The importance of ethical issues in all forms of sociological data collection, analysis and argumentation
  • Practical classes and fieldwork exercises.

During the duration of this course you will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes and fieldwork. Your assessments will depend on the modules that you select, however you may be assessed through the following: Examinations, Practical classes, Fieldwork, Coursework, Dissertation.

Typical Entry Requirements

UCAS Tariff 96 - 120

A Levels BBB-CCC

GCSE requirements (minimum grade C/4):
English or Welsh and Mathematics

BTEC National Diploma:
DDM-MMM

International Baccalaureate:
30-26

European Baccalaureate:
75%-65% overall

The University welcomes applications from students studying the Access to Higher Education Diploma. Our inclusive admissions policy values breadth as well as depth of study. Applicants are selected on their own individual merits, and offers can vary. If you are studying a qualification not listed on this page, please get in touch with the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice. Details about the country-specific qualifications the University accepts can be found on our country-specific pages. For further information, contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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