BA Geography and Sociology
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This varied degree allows you to explore the complexity of society and explore key ideas and themes in human geography.
Core modules will examine the social, cultural, economic and political processes that shape human experience, the structure of society, the impact of social divisions and the changing nature of human action. You’ll also investigate how we plan cities, regions and resources, and learn to use the Geographical Information Systems that help us build spatial models of human geography.
From this foundation, you’ll have the freedom to focus on topics that suit your own interests – we offer a wide range of optional modules that reflect the diversity of our research interests in both subjects. Drawing on expertise in both the School of Geography and the School of Sociology and Social Policy, you could study political, urban, social and development geography alongside disability studies, urban disorders, the sociology of gender or racism and ethnicity studies and many others.
Real world learning
We give you a £500 allowance to cover the costs of optional field trips across Levels 2 and 3.
Year 1 encourages you to think sociologically, discovering key concepts and debates within the subject and examining the formation and emergence of modern societies. Geography modules will focus on processes of urban change by focusing on Leeds itself, and examine the key themes in human geography through practical classes and tutorials. Optional modules will allow you to learn about the methods and techniques of social research or examine aspects of society’s relationship with the natural environment.
This provides the foundation for the following year, when you’ll explore the important thinkers and traditions in the history of sociology and learn more about some of the major ideas and themes in human geography. You’ll develop your research skills with an additional module in one of your subjects – you choose which. From there you’ll start to gain specialist knowledge in your chosen areas through a selection of optional modules, focusing on topics from disability studies to development geographies, or from drugs to service planning.
In your final year, you’ll research a sociological topic of your choice in depth to complete your dissertation, working with your academic supervisor. Around this you’ll choose further optional modules examining issues such as class division, migration, health geographies, sex work or protest movements.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Local to Global: Geographies of a Changing World (Joint Honours) 20 credits
- People, Place and Politics (Joint Honours) 20 credits
- Sociology of Modern Societies 20 credits
- Formations of Modernity 20 credits
- Nature, Society and Environment 20 credits
- Understanding and Researching the City 20 credits
- Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society 20 credits
- Career Development 2 20 credits
- Central Problems in Sociology 20 credits
- Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods OR Research Methods in Human Geography 20 credits
- Political and Development Geographies 20 credits
- Inside European Cities 20 credits
- Living within limits: natural resource management for sustainable development 20 credits
- Disability Studies: An Introduction 20 credits
- Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies 20 credits
- Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control 20 credits
- Final Year Project 40 credits
- Urban and Regional Development: A Case Study of Athens 20 credits
- Geographies of Global Insecurities 20 credits
- Spaces of Migration and Encounter 20 credits
- Sexualities and Society 20 credits
- Contemporary Children, Young People and Families 20 credits
- Sociology of Consumerism 20 credits
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. This course gives you the opportunity to broaden your learning by studying discovery modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you gain diverse skills. These will include seminars and workshops where you can discuss in more depth the topics set out in traditional lectures. We emphasise the importance of participation, presentation skills and group work.
The teaching structure varies depending on your level of study – for example, in Year 1 you might expect to have six or seven lectures and three or four seminars per week. However, independent study is also a vital element of the course, as it allows you to develop your research and critical skills while preparing for taught sessions.
You’ll also have a personal tutor – one of our academics – who will be on hand to offer you guidance and support on academic issues, such as module choices, as well as career and personal matters.
Modules will use a variety of assessment methods. As well as traditional exams, you could also be asked to complete projects based on essays and case studies, policy briefs, group presentations, work logs, research briefs, project proposals or development agency reviews. In your final year you’ll also submit a 12,000 word dissertation.
Our graduates secure employment with some of the biggest UK companies in human resources, communications management, broadcasting and advertising. They are also ideally equipped to work in the public and third sector including in the civil service, teaching, youth work, fostering/children’s services, probation services, social work, prison service, housing and homelessness prevention.
Graduates from this programme are well prepared for postgraduate study across a range of disciplines. Our recent graduates have gone on to study sociology, social Policy, teacher training, journalism, occupational therapy, human resources, marketing, town planning, social work, criminal justice studies and social research.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
Ask any of our students and they will tell you that taking part in field trips is one of the most enjoyable and memorable aspects of the geography programmes at Leeds.
We offer BA field trips at each level of study and they provide a great opportunity to study a fascinating subject in contrasting environments away from the University. During the field trips you will learn essential fieldwork and team working skills, transferable skills that will prove invaluable to your future career. Field trips are also a fantastic way to travel and see new places and to get to know your tutors and other students better.
On this course the fieldtrips offered are:
Level 1 – Leeds
Level 2 – Belgrade, Montpellier, Helsinki
Level 3 – Athens, Miami