BA Social and Political Studies

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  • Objectives
    The Dual Honours degree in Social and Political Studies combines political analysis and awareness of conceptual debates with a strong policy studies orientation. It is taught jointly by the Departments of Politics and Sociological Studies, both of which are highly regarded for research and teaching. The politics component of the course introduces you to a wide range of theories related to contemporary issues, political theory, and to the discipline of political studies. It will teach you to apply concepts, theories and methods used in the study of politics to the analysis of political ideas, institutions, and practices. The study of sociology offers theoretical and empirical studies of modern industrial societies and patterns of social change, a concern with social interaction and the detail of everyday life, and the comparative sweep of social anthropology. At level one, Dual Honours Social and Political Studies students take modules including Introduction to Political Analysis, Comparing Modern Polities, Introduction to Sociology, and Social Policy. At levels two and three students deepen subject knowledge by taking further core and optional modules and a project module.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements GCE/VCE A Levels - BBB Two GCE A Levels plus two GCE AS Levels - BB+BB Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers - AAAB-AABB/AAB-BBB Irish Leaving Cert. - AAABB-ABBBB BTEC Level N - 2 Distinctions and 1 Merit International Baccalaureate - 32-35 points. If Politics is taken, a grade B is required.
  • Academic title
    BA Social and Political Studies
  • Course description
    Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

    Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

    Important notice :
    This is a list of modules that have been offered in the past. We expect similar modules to be offered for courses starting in 2009.

    This information is provided for illustration only and you should check with the department directly when applying to confirm module options.

    Typical First Year ModulesModule/Unit Credits
    Introduction to Political Analysis  20
    British Politics  10
    Comparing Modern Polities  10
    Human Nature, Reason and Desire: An Introduction to Western Political Thought  10
    Introduction to Social Inquiry  10
    Introduction to Social Policy  10
    Introduction to Sociology  10
    Social Divisions in Contemporary Society  10
    Sociological Studies Honours Seminar 1  10
    Sociological Studies Honours Seminar 2  10
    The Globalisation of World Politics  10
    Typical Second Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Introduction to Social Theory  20
    Political Analysis: Approaches and Methods  20
    Social Research Principles and Skills  20
    Comparing Political Change: From Dictatorship to Democracy  20
    Contemporary International Affairs  20
    Contemporary Political Theory  20
    Foundations of Modern Political Thought  20
    International Relations Theory  20
    Social Policy  20
    Social Policy and Criminology  20
    The Analysis of British Politics  20
    The Global Political Economy  20
    The Making of New Labour  20
    The Politics and Government of the European Union  20
    Typical Third Year Modules

    Module/Unit Credits
    Political Explanation  20

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