BA Sociology


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Degree of Bachelor of Arts



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You are interested in how society works. You want to know more about how people fashion their identities, how relationship dynamics work in families, how communities change and how power operates within institutions.
You want to understand the world but also to change it for the better. You are looking for a degree that satisfies your head – your desire for a good and rewarding future career, as well as your heart – your commitment to social justice and equality.

Overview

On this course you’ll develop your understanding of sociology, explore areas you’re already interested in and discover new passions. The course links modules across the university, designed around four key pathways, emphasising specific contemporary social issues which connect to employment opportunities. You can explore:

  • The sociology of inequality, social justice and social change
  • Criminology
  • The sociology of children and families
  • Political and digital sociology

You can focus on specific modules to build your depth of expertise in a pathway; or select modules which interconnect in ways which build up a personalised pathway around your interests. This course brings together sociology and social policy experts across many schools in both the humanities and social sciences. Our academics have a national and international reputation for research, policy and practice. They share a common vision of the sociological imagination for understanding and transforming lives.

Course Structure

Year 1

In your first year you will study five compulsory modules which will develop your understanding of sociology and create a foundation from which you can shape your sociological interests. You will discover how sociology has developed. You will grapple with how concepts have been created, and the contested nature of knowledge. You will be introduced to the process of research and evidence. The final two compulsory modules will introduce you to the themes covered in the four pathways introduced in year two. This includes exploring your module options for years two and three.

Year 2

In your second year you will study compulsory modules designed to consolidate your core understanding of sociology. We also offer students a choice of engaging with quantitative ideas and social statistics or qualitative methods. You can of course take both qualitative and quantitative modules if you wish to ensure you have a broad methodological grounding. In addition to your compulsory modules you will take a range of optional modules. These specialist modules are arranged and designed to enable you to create specific routes through the degree. You will be encouraged to consider how these pathways may relate to your career plans.

Year 3

In the third year you will complete a compulsory dissertation which will enable you to explore an area of sociology which you are particularly enthusiastic about. The dissertation has two forms to allow those who want to create a larger piece of work the opportunity to do so. In addition to your dissertation you will also take a range of modules which further advance your specialist knowledge and are designed to help you prepare for developing a constructive and stimulating career.

Teaching and Learning

The academic year consists of two semesters. A typical module is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars each week. While lectures are attended by all students taking a specific module, seminars are held in smaller groups where you can interact more directly with the tutor and your peers to address and discuss different topics.

Academic Advising

Throughout your studies you’ll have an adviser who will be able to support and advise you on your studies and developing career ambitions.

Independent Study

Alongside your taught sessions you’ll be required to work independently, and with your peers in groups. Lecturers will ask you to complete preparatory reading and tasks and bring these with you to sessions. You’ll also be required to submit formative work, where lecturers will give you feedback to help you improve, and summative work, which contributes to your overall mark. Your independent study tasks are designed by the course team to help you to develop as an independent and self-regulated learner.

Assessment

You will experience a range of assessment methods which are used to check your progress and ensure your academic development. These include coursework essays, reports, projects, presentations and examinations.

You will be assessed based on coursework and, for some modules, project and examination results. For each module you will have the chance to undertake ‘formative’ work which will help you to develop the skills you need to approach the assignments. Your final year includes an assessment through a dissertation which allows you to carry out an in-depth exploration of a sociological issue which you find fascinating. The balance of assessment by coursework and exam depends on the modules you choose, but on average Level 4 is 80 percent coursework and 20 percent exam, Level 5 is 80 percent coursework and 20 percent exam and Level 6 is 80 percent coursework and 20 percent exam.

Feedback

You will get feedback on formative work to help you improve your work in areas such as your use of evidence and argument before your final formal or “summative” assignments. Feedback on summative work will help you to reflect on your learning so you can build your knowledge and skills as you progress through the degree. We encourage you to discuss your feedback with your tutors so you can monitor your progress and take on helpful advice.

After the course

Graduates from the Sociology programme will be critical thinkers, able to conduct social research, communicate complex ideas and reflect personally on existing and emerging career opportunities. The programme’s pathways have been designed to link to employment options; and the theoretical and research components of your degree will also provide you with a strong foundation for postgraduate study.

Career destinations

  • Charity Managers
  • Senior police roles
  • Professionals in education, caring and social service roles
  • Policy Analysts and Researchers
  • Media, Marketing, Communications and Campaign Specialists

Course related costs

Please see Additional Course Fees for details of other course-related costs.

Course Modules 2020/1

Year 1U

Compulsory Modules (120 Credits)

Module

Description

Credits

SOL-4001A

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCES

20

SOL-4002A

WELLBEING & WELFARE

20

SOL-4003Y

RESEARCHING SOCIAL LIFE

40

PPL-

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGICAL THOUGHT: THE INDIVIDUAL IN SOCIETY

20

SOL-4004B

SOCIAL PROBLEMS & SOLUTIONS

20

 

Year 2U

Compulsory Modules (40 Credits)

Module

Description

Credits

PPL-X5162B

STATES INSTITUTIONS & CITIZENS

20

SOL-5001B

QUALITATIVE & PARTICIPATORY RESEARCH

20

 

Optional Modules

Students will select 80 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

SOL-5002A

FAMILIES AND THE LIFE COURSE

20

EDU-B5013A

CHILDHOOD YOUTH AND TRANSITIONS

20

DEV-5003A

EDUCATION AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

20

LAW-XX

CRIME AND SOCIETY

20

PPL-M5053A

DIGITAL MEDIA AND SOCIETY

20

PPL-M5002A

GENDER AND POWER

20

SOL-5003A

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY

20

DEV-5001A

GENDER AND DEVLOPMENT

20

SOL-5005B

CHILD OBSERVATION USING A SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

20

EDU-B5015B

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

20

LAW-5032B

CRIMINOLOGY

20

SOL-5006B

GENDER, VICTIMISATION AND OFFENDING

20

PPL-M5003B

MEDIA GLOBALISATION AND CULTURE

20

PPL-M5042B

THE MEDIA AND IDENTITY

20

PPL-L4011B

DISCOURSE AND POWER

20

SOL-5007B

SOCIAL POLICY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

20

DEV-5019B

POLITICS DEVELOPMENT AND SOCIETY

20

PPL-X5159B

POWER & SOCIETY

20

 

Year 3U

Compulsory Module (20 Credits)

Module

Description

Credits

SOL-6001Y

DISSERTATION

20

 

Optional Modules

Students will select 100 credits from the following modules

Module

Description

Credits

SOL-6002A

THE 21ST CENTURY FAMILY

20

EDU-B6003A

SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF CHILDHOOD

20

SOL-6003A

RISK AND RESILIENCE: YOUNG PEOPLE AS VICTIMS OF EXPLOITATION, OFFENDERS AND SURVIVORS

20

PPL-M6078A

DIGITAL POLITICS

20

PPL-L6035A

LANGUAGE AND GENDER

20

SOL-6004A

GENDER AND SEXUALITY

20

DEV-6003A

WARS & HUMANITARIAN CRISES

20

PPL-X6066A

BETTER WORLDS? UTOPIAS AND DYSTOPIAS

20

EDU-B6002B

MEDIA CULTURE & LEARNING

20

LAW-XXX

CONTEMPORARY CONCERNS IN CRIME AND JUSTICE

20

PPL-M6075B

ANALYSING MEDIA DISCOURSES

20

PPL-I6092B

IN & OUT: THE POLITICS OF MIGRATION

20

DEV-6011B

POLITICS POLICY & PRACTICE

20

PPL-X6083B

CAPITALISM AND ITS CRITICS

20

PPL-X6098B

DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE

20

PPL-M6079B

ACTIVIST CAMPAIGNING

20

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • A Level BBB or ABC or BBC with an A in the Extended Project.
  • International Baccalaureate 31 Points.
  • Scottish Highers CCC
  • Scottish Advanced Highers AABBB
  • Irish Leaving Certificate 2 subjects at H2, 4 subjects at H3
  • Access Course Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Merit in 45 credits at Level 3.
  • BTEC DDM. Excludes BTEC Public Services, BTEC Uniformed Services and BTEC Business Administration.
  • European Baccalaureate 70%

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading):

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall (minimum 6.0 in all components)

We also accept a number of other English language tests. Please click here to see our full list.

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not yet meet the English language requirements for this course, INTO UEA offer a variety of English language programmes which are designed to help you develop the English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study:

 

Interviews

Most applicants will not be called for an interview and a decision will be made via UCAS Track. However, for some applicants an interview will be requested. Where an interview is required the Admissions Service will contact you directly to arrange a time.

Gap Year

We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year.  We believe that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry on your UCAS application.

Intakes

The annual intake is in September each year.

Alternative Qualifications

UEA recognises that some students take a mixture of International Baccalaureate IB or International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme IBCP study rather than the full diploma, taking Higher levels in addition to A levels and/or BTEC qualifications. At UEA we do consider a combination of qualifications for entry, provided a minimum of three qualifications are taken at a higher Level. In addition some degree programmes require specific subjects at a higher level.

GCSE Offer

You are required to have Mathematics and English Language at a minimum of Grade C or Grade 4 or above at GCSE.

Course Open To

UK and overseas applicants.

Fees and Funding

Undergraduate University Fees and Financial Support 

Tuition Fees 

Information on tuition fees can be found here:

UK students

EU Students

Overseas Students

Scholarships and Bursaries

We are committed to ensuring that costs do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. 

The University of East Anglia offers a range of Scholarships; please click the link for eligibility, details of how to apply and closing dates.

How to Apply

Applications need to be made via the Universities Colleges and Admissions Services (UCAS), using the UCAS Apply option.

UCAS Apply is a secure online application system that allows you to apply for full-time Undergraduate courses at universities and colleges in the United Kingdom. It is made up of different sections that you need to complete. Your application does not have to be completed all at once. The application allows you to leave a section partially completed so you can return to it later and add to or edit any information you have entered. Once your application is complete, it is sent to UCAS so that they can process it and send it to your chosen universities and colleges.

The Institution code for the University of East Anglia is E14.

FURTHER INFORMATION  

Please complete our Online Enquiry Form to request a prospectus and to be kept up to date with news and events at the University. 

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Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

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