Anthropology and Sociology (BSc)

Brunel University London the United Kingdom

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How long you will study
3 Years

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GBP 3290

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GBP 9750

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About Anthropology and Sociology at Brunel University London

This degree is particularly suited to students who are curious about their own and other societies, and who are interested in understanding social processes and meanings in the world around them.Entry RequirementsGCE A/AS-levels 350 tariff points typically from 3 A-levels together with either 1 AS-level or Extended Project Qualification (typical offer BBB plus a B in either an AS or EPQ). Grade B in General Studies/Critical Thinking accepted as 4th AS-level only. Advanced Diploma 350 tariff points in Society, Health and Development, including an A-level for Additional and Specialist Learning. BTEC ND DDD in a related subject IB Diploma 33 points Irish 350 tariff points from 5 subjects.Scottish 350 tariff points from 3 Advanced Highers plus 1 Higher. GCSE For all of the entry requirements, 5 GCSEs or equivalent at Grade C or above are also required, to include English. Access Pass, including at least 50% of units with Merit or Distinction Course AimsSocial anthropology at Brunel is one of the more outward-looking and cosmopolitan social sciences, its subject being the documentation and explanation of cultural diversity. It is particularly suited to students who are curious about their own and other societies and who are interested in understanding social processes and meanings in the world around them. You will apply the ideas of social anthropology to practical issues and will gain a solid grounding in the social sciences (sociology, psychology, media and communications). Special emphasis is placed on cross-cultural studies. Sociologists are concerned with developing theories that explain the changing nature of social behaviour in their own and other societies. The kinds of question with which they are concerned are: what is society? How and why is it changing? What are the opportunities for future change and development? The earliest sociologists tried to understand the major issues of their time - poverty, unemployment, social conflict, and the social and economic consequences of rapid and profound industrial and economic change. Sociologists today continue to examine how such social issues are redefined by contemporary processes of individualisation, globalisation and the rapid growth of new forms of communication. Within this broad framework, a central theme of Sociology at Brunel is the study of the development of techno-cultural phenomena such as science, technology, and environmental issues which straddle traditional conceptual distinctions between the social, the natural, the technical and the material. It also needs to be stressed that, at Brunel, Sociology has developed a particularly close relationship with Communication and Media Studies, reflecting and emphasising the central and ever-increasing importance of the communications media within our culture. Among the more specific interests of Brunel sociologists are, for example, the social construction of science and technology, social theory, celebrity culture, the influence the media, environmental risk, feminist virtual society, media regulation, and language and social interaction. These various interests strongly reflect the options available in the third level of our degree course. This degree is particularly suited to students who are curious about their own and other societies and who are interested in understanding social processes and meanings in the world around them. You will apply the ideas of social anthropology and sociology to practical issues and will gain a solid grounding in sociology sciences (sociology, psychology, media and communications). Special emphasis in placed on cross-cultural studies. Course ContentLevel 1You will gain a broad social science training in your first year. This includes an introduction to key theoretical issues and practical training in research methods, such as interviewing and participant observation.Level 2Social anthropology modules introduce students to the history and theory of social anthropology, and to some current issues in the fields of ethnicity, gender, religion, and kinship. Sociology topics include sociological theory, methods and contemporary social institutions. You also continue your studies of research methods, and conduct your own research exercises.Level 3You can choose from a wide range of advanced options in topics as varied as family, gender, kinship, ethnicity, medical anthropology and cultural patterns of consumption.DissertationAll students produce a dissertation of about 10,000 words in their final year. This is based on a topic of your choice, but is usually related to your second work placement.Typical ModulesLevel 1 Core Research Methods in the Human Sciences Main Currents in the Human Sciences Representation, Media and Identity Perspectives on the Social: Social Anthropology Perspectives on the Social: Sociology Level 2 coreHistory and Theory of Social Anthropology Social Theory and Everyday Life Work andSociety Qualitative Research Methods in the Human Sciences Issues in Social Anthropology Knowledge, Culture and Modernity Level 3 CoreSociology / Social Anthropology Dissertation Level 3 OptionsChildren and Social Competence Mental Disorders/Therapeutic Orders Culture through Film Genderand Discourse Analysis Kinshipand New Directions in Anthropology Social Anthropology Guided Study Module 1 Social Anthropology Guided Study Module 2 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.The latest thinkingAll 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 help to ensure that teaching is topical and interesting.How will I be taught?The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical laboratory sessions and small group projects. Lectures - Most modules involve one or two hours of lectures a week. These provide a broad overview of key concepts 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 (3-15 students) are used to discuss the content of lectures and issues arising from the modules. Seminars are often student-led. You can use seminars to clarify your own ideas in an atmosphere of discussion and debate.Laboratory/research work- All students take part in practical modules. In the first year you will experience the similarities and contrasts between methods of enquiry used in psychology, sociology and social anthropology. The investigative methods used in projects include observation, interviewing, questionnaire design, psychological testing, experimentation and more specific research techniques. As you progress through the course, direction by staff over the design and implementation of projects is reduced.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. When 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. Lecturers are usually available to answer particular queries outside of scheduled hours - either in one-to-one tutorials or by email.AssessmentLevel 1 does not count towards your final degree mark but you have to pass this level to continue with your degree. Level 2 is worth a third - Level 3 the rest. The final year dissertation is worth a third of Level 3 marks. Methods of assessment vary and depends on which modules you select. Some courses are assessed on coursework only, some by (seen or unseen) examination only, and some by a combination of the two.CareersThis degree provides a good general education, from which students take up wide-ranging careers in, for example, television and radio production, press and publishing, media marketing, advertising, market research, public relations, IT work and consultancy, industrial relations, local and central government and administration and academic research.

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  • 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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