Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

BA Sociology

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This Information is for 2017 entry only - to see the information for 2016 entry please see this page

This course examines the interconnections between individuals and wider society, and how these impact on each other.

Bridging big ideas and practical problems, you’ll consider how classical, contemporary and emerging styles of thought or the ideas of key thinkers can shed light on social issues such as crime, disability, family and gender issues, racism, social care and youth unemployment. You’ll examine social inequalities, protest and struggles over power, and question what it means to be a ‘good citizen’ today.

A wide variety of optional modules will allow you to focus on topics that suit your interests and career plans, from drug policy to sex work, violence or consumerism. Your studies will be informed by the latest research being conducted within the School by academics with an impressively diverse range of interests.


Year 1 encourages you to think sociologically, discovering key concepts and debates within the subject and using them to question standard explanations of social issues. Core modules will introduce you to the methods and techniques of social research, and you’ll examine the processes which led to the formation and emergence of modern societies.

This provides the foundation for the following year, when you’ll explore the important thinkers and traditions in the history of sociology, examining social integration, power, social change, the individual, society and forms of culture, belief and consciousness. 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 tourism, crime and the sociology of health.

In your final year, you’ll research a topic of your choice in depth to complete your dissertation, showcasing the skills you’ve gained throughout the course. Around this you’ll choose further optional modules examining issues such as interpersonal violence, class divisions and protest movements.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Understanding and Researching the City 20 credits
  • Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society 20 credits
  • Identities, Inequalities and Policy in Contemporary Society 20 credits
  • Sociology of Modern Societies 20 credits
  • Formations of Modernity 20 credits

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods 20 credits
  • Central Problems in Sociology 20 credits

Optional modules

  • Crime, Law and Regulation 20 credits
  • Disability Studies: An Introduction 20 credits
  • The Sociology of Gender 20 credits
  • Sociology of Health and Illness 20 credits
  • Crime, Race and Ethnicity 20 credits
  • Debates in Childhood and Youth 20 credits
  • The Sociology of Culture 20 credits
  • Sociology of Work 20 credits
  • Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies 20 credits
  • Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control 20 credits
  • Social and Public Policy beyond the Universtiy 20 credits

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Sociology Dissertation 40 credits

Optional modules

  • Critical Mixed Race Studies - Global Perspectives 20 credits
  • Sexualities and Society 20 credits
  • Governing Cultures, Identities and Emotions 20 credits
  • Citizenship, Identity and Social Change 20 credits
  • Postcolonialism and Critical Muslim Studies 20 credits
  • Disability Rights and the International Policy Context 20 credits
  • Education, Culture and Society 20 credits
  • State Crime and Immorality 20 credits
  • Contemporary Children, Young People and Families 20 credits
  • Gender, Technologies and the Body 20 credits
  • Sociology of Capitalism and Modernity 20 credits
  • Discipline and Punish 20 credits
  • Sociology of Consumerism 20 credits
  • Class in Everyday Life 20 credits
  • Protest and Social Movements 20 credits
  • Sex Work: Theory, Policy and Politics 20 credits
  • Understanding Interpersonal Violence 20 credits
  • Ethnicity and Popular Culture 20 credits

For more information on typical modules, read Sociology BA in programme catalogue

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.

Assessment

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.


Entry requirements

A-level: ABB

A-level Sociology is not a requirement for any of our courses – we design Year 1 modules for students both with and without previous knowledge of the subject.

We accept A-level General Studies.

However, in general you should be in the process of studying Social Science, Arts and Humanities subjects for A-level. See our Accepted A-level subjects document to see which subjects we accept.

GCSE: grade C or above in Mathematics or equivalent.

Alternate Qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Complete 60 credits with 45 credits at level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 at Merit or higher.

BTEC

DDM.

Cambridge Pre-U

D3, M1, M1.

International Baccalaureate

34 overall (5,5,5 higher).

Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)

AAABBB.

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

AAABB overall (BB at advanced level).

Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.

Alternative entry

Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.

Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.

Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.

International

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For information contact the School of Sociology and Social Policy Undergraduate Admissions Team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.

How to apply

Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.

It is also possible to study this programme part time. The programme content is the same but you will study at a lesser intensity. Find out more about how to apply, support available and the part-time student experience at the Lifelong Learning Centre.

International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK/EU students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If youre unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.

Admissions policy

School of Sociology and Social Policy Undergraduate Admissions Policy

Fees

UK/EU: TBC

International: TBC

Fees are published in the September before the year of entry. They will be updated here after this date.

If you take a study abroad or work placement year, youll pay a reduced tuition fee during this period. For more information, see Study abroad and work placement tuition fees and loans.

Read more about paying fees and charges.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.


Career opportunities

Graduate destinations

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.

Postgraduate opportunities

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.

Careers support

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.


Placement opportunities

Study abroad

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.

Work placements

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.


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