BSc

Sociology and Politics

BSc Sociology and Politics Code LL32

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Key Facts

LL32
  • UCAS Tariff

    96 - 120

  • Course Length

    3 Year

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BA Sociology and Politics degree at Aberystwyth University will enable you to develop a critical awareness of the social world through a solid grounding in the conceptual and theoretical approaches employed by sociologists to study the world around us. At the same time, your exploration of the political world will provide you with insights into the political influences on social norms and social formations, which will furnish you with new ways of approaching key sociological concepts including identity, integration and conflict, in addition to effective ways of contextualising the study of political formations, processes and behaviours. The distinctive field-based approach to sociology at Aberystwyth will equip you with first-hand experience of a variety of sociological research methods in addition to training you in the techniques of archival research.

Student Satisfaction and Employability Results

94% overall student satisfaction for the Department of International Politics (NSS 2020).

Top 10 in the UK for Teaching Quality and Student Experience for the subject of Politics (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019)

94% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months after graduating. (HESA 2018*)

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

Why study Sociology and Politics at Aberystwyth University?

Our distinctive field-based approach to sociology will help to highlight the significance of space and place for the study of political behaviour.

We draw on our research strengths to ensure that you are exposed to cutting-edge theoretical and empirical understandings of the social and political world, and to enable your learning experience to reap positive benefits from the latest developments in both disciplines.

You will learn how to critically evaluate ideas, concepts and approaches within both fields of sociology and politics.

You will be taught and mentored by enthusiastic lecturers who are committed to providing you with an outstanding and dynamic learning environment.

You will become part of the world's first ever Department of International Politics, founded in 1919.

You will have the opportunity to take part in our prestigious Parliamentary Placement scheme alongside an MP (House of Commons, Westminster) or a Member of the Senedd (Senedd Cymru [Welsh Parliament], Cardiff).

You will be able to participate in our Crisis Games - an exciting and dramatic twice-yearly residential course away from Aberystwyth in which you will play a role in a political scenario - enabling you to learn about international politics from a unique first-person perspective.

You will have the opportunity to develop your political journalist skills by contributing to the oldest student–run international Politics journal in the UK, Interstate, which is based within the Department of International Politics, and which will be a worthwhile and fulfilling extra-curricular activity.

Our Staff

Lecturers in the Department of International Politics are all research active and qualified to PhD level, and most also have a PGCHE.

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

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value
Exploring the International 1: Central Concepts and Core Skills * IP12420 20
Behind the Headlines * IP12620 20
Politics in the 21st Century * IP12920 20

Core

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

Options

Module Name Module Code Credit Value

* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh

Course Details

What will I learn?

In the first year, you will be introduced to:

  • Key concepts and theoretical approaches in Sociology
  • Political theory & key political ideas
  • The relationships between individuals, groups and social structures
  • Social diversity and inequalities
  • Processes underpinning social change
  • The relationship between the analysis of evidence and sociological arguments
  • The different methodologies used to analyse topical issues in international and domestic politics
  • Contemporary political problems and how they are portrayed

In the second year and third years, you will build on the theories learned in your first year and consider:

  • The big ideas that have inspired the social sciences
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Key debates about different political forces and relationships in different parts of the world
  • How socio-political differences lead to inequalities and injustices
  • UK and European politics and international relations
  • Nationalism and multiculturalism


How will I be taught?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical classes and fieldwork.

You will be assessed through essays, reports, practical classes, fieldwork, book reviews, learning logs, presentations and examinations. Your final year dissertation will involve sociological research on a topic of your own choosing.

Employability

Employability is embedded within all our courses and our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a wide range of sectors. Graduates of BA Sociology and Politics are well-placed to enter roles in the development sector, local and national politics, the Civil Service, Government and social research, social work and social policy (including public housing, local government administration and the voluntary sector), roles in the third sector such as with NGOs and charities, work with international organisations, public relations and journalism, teaching and management.

In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand.

The skill sets include:

  • Effective problem-solving, analytical and creative thinking skills
  • Information technology skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Time-management and organisational skills
  • Communication skills, both written and oral
  • Self-motivation and self-reliance


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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