Politics and Sociology (BSc)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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The award
BSc

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 3290

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 9750

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About Politics and Sociology at Brunel University London

This degree provides an innovative combination of high-level study of both politics and sociology. As well as gaining a firm understanding of key political institutions and players, which form a framework to understanding contemporary social and political issues, you will study challenging sociology courses in one of the best schools in the country.Entry RequirementsUCAS Tariff - 300 points, from:GCE A and AS-level Tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BCC, plus a C in either an AS or EPQ). General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted.Irish Tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish Tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher.Advanced Diploma Tariff points in Society, Health and Development or Public Services, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning.BTEC ND DDM in a related subject.IB Diploma 31 points.Access Pass, including at least 50% of units with Merit or Distinction. For all of the above, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English and Maths.Course AimsThis degree provides an innovative combination of high-level study of both politics and sociology. As well as gaining a firm understanding of key political institutions and players which form a framework to understanding contemporary social and political issues, you will study challenging sociology courses in one of the best schools in the country.Course ContentIn the Politics half of this course, you will take core modules in political science methods, British politics, political theory, comparative politics, democratisation, and the politics of the EU, and you will have the option of taking more specialised options at Levels 2 and 3. At Levels 1 and 2 you will have a mixture of core and optional modules. At Level 3 you can choose topics to suit your own personal interests and strengths. In the Sociology half of this degree, you will take core modules offering an understanding of the main currents in the social sciences, individual and social processes, research methods for social sciences and social theory, culture and modernity. You will also select from a range of specialist modules in politics and sociology and write a dissertation which draws on either or both.Final year dissertationStudents produce a 15,000 word dissertation on a subject of their choice. This major piece of work will give you a valuable opportunity to demonstrate research and writing skills. It is written on a subject relevant to your particular course of study and may well relate to your future career plans.Teaching and LearningOur approachWe pursue excellence in both teaching and research. Our aim is to produce degree programmes which combine innovative and classical teaching methods with leading-edge research, and which recognise the value of practical work experience in the learning process. We take great pride in both the quality of teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.Sociology -staff expertiseAll members of the academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field. Their innovative findings feed into your courses to ensure that teaching is up-to-date. We have an unusually strong concentration of sociologists who specialise in the study of issues related to science, technology and the environment. Politics - experts in their fieldAs one of our students, you will be taught by academics who are experts in their field. Many of our lecturers are internationally and nationally recognised. All of them write important books, publish well-regarded scholarly articles and present papers to universities at home and abroad. Many are regular media performers worldwide and research has led to major television and radio programmes. Several staff are paid consultants to government Departments (the Home Office, the Department of Education, Employment, Health and Social Security) and major national newspapers. Students benefit from their exciting contacts and inside knowledge.Student supportAs well as offering students some of the best teaching in our subject areas, we are committed to helping you progress confidently through the levels of your degree programme. To achieve this, we devote as much care to your initiation into higher education, both by entry-level courses and study skills teaching, as to the completion of your learning at Level 3. By your final year, therefore, you will be in a position to benefit from the specialist research-led courses and will be prepared for the researching and writing involved in your dissertation.Overseas exchangesStudents are encouraged to use the University's exchange scheme with the State University of New York at Brockport (which includes the opportunity to do a work placement in Washington or Albany), or those EU universities with whom we have partnerships in the Socrates programme (eg Rennes, Stuttgart and Helsinki).How will I be taught?Modules are generally taught by a mixture of lectures and seminars. Depending on its credit-rating, you can expect to have one or two hours of lectures per week for each module and a one-hour seminar each week or fortnight. The bulk of every student's work, however, will undoubtedly consist of private study. On average this should absorb approximately 25-30 hours each week.Lectures - These provide a broad overview of key themes and ideas relating to your course and provide you with a framework from which to carry out more in-depth study.Seminars - These relatively small groups are used for subjects where the lecture material is examined in more detail, and theoretical concepts are analysed and applied in specific contexts. Seminars provide students with an opportunity for discussion, argument and the development of presentational skills.One-to-one - You will get one-to-one supervision on your final year dissertation and at all levels you will have a personal tutor who is available to discuss personal and academic problems. If you go on placement, you will also be allocated a work placement tutor who will monitor your progress and provide further support if you need it.Private study - Real learning requires active involvement by you. Lecturers and seminar leaders can provide guidance and help, but you must develop the ability to organise your studies. During your first months at Brunel, you are given help and advice designed to encourage you to become an 'independent learner', capable of managing your work effectively.External visits -Wherever possible we aim to introduce students to the benefits which stem from the empirical observation of politics and the personal experience of other political systems and ideas. You will visit important political sites in the UK (the University is a short distance from parliament), and depending on the options you select, may visit overseas.AssessmentLevel 1 does not count towards your final degree mark. Level 2 is worth a third - Level 3 two-thirds. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks. All modules are assessed at the end of the term in which they are taken. Exact assessment patterns vary, but most are based on a combination of coursework and formal written exams. Typically, coursework marks constitute 25-50% of overall module grades.CareersA major attraction of our courses is the wide variety of career opportunities to which they can lead. Not surprisingly, our graduates have gone on to important careers in public and private life.GraduatesPast students have gone on to further training in law, accountancy, personnel management and other graduate degrees. They have joined the Civil Service (fast stream), BBC Radio and Granada Television, have gone into publishing and journalism, have entered major financial and accountancy firms (such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Lloyds Bowmaker Finance Group) or the fields of management and marketing (with firms such as Ford, Metal Box and Rank Xerox), and have also pursued careers in local and national government.Sociology Sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration, in medicine, in education and research, and in industry. If you are thinking of a career in any of these fields, it may also be possible to select work experience in these areas. There are also openings available in business, particularly marketing and advertising, management, media, and recruitment. Knowledge and understanding of statistics and research skills are particularly useful assets in the job market. Sociology students can be found in a diverse range of careers, including computing, consultancy, lobbying, teaching, campaigning and fundraising, to name just a few.Facts and FiguresSchool of Social SciencesProgrammes in Politics will help you to address critical questions. Who has political power? Why do they have it? To whom are they accountable? In whose interest do they exercise it? What is globalisation? Is violent protest ever justified? Our courses are designed and taught by experts in the fields of politics, international relations and contemporary history who have been nationally and internationally recognised for the excellence of their research. Psychology, sociology, anthropology and communications together Politics and History, constitute the Social Sciences at Brunel, and we offer a wide range of BSc courses across these subject areas. The focus of study is upon all aspects of human behaviour: its personal, social and cultural dimensions. We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: neuropsychology; psychoanalysis; developmental psychology; social psychology; contemporary social structure and social change; the role of science and the media; ethnicity and kinship; and power, inequality and prejudice in modern societies. All of our academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field. We provide a stimulating introduction to the social sciences by teaching a broad base of cross-disciplinary modules in the first year. Thereafter, you specialise increasingly in your particular disciplines. Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline, including ethnographic fieldwork. A full range of laboratory and technical facilities is used in the teaching of experimental psychology, video production, psychophysics and the use of information technology. We take particular pride in both the quality of our teaching and the extensive pastoral care of our students.

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  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study3 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 9750
  • The awardBScHow you will studySandwichHow long you will study4 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 3290International course feesGBP 9750

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