Political issues are invariably social issues, involving questions of power, inequalities, conflict and change in contemporary societies.
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A Level: ABB-BBB
IB: 30-32 points
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Dividing your time equally between sociology and politics, you develop a rich, in-depth and well-informed understanding of the social forces that create and sustain political and social institutions.
Optional modules allow you to tailor the degree to suit your own interests, with topics like:
- global poverty
- feminist political thought
- refugees and displacements
- the politics of the arts
Your choice of topics is closely aligned to the research expertise of our academic staff, allowing you to study at the cutting edge of the discipline with our internationally recognised experts.
Highlights of this degree
Study at the cutting edge
The subject areas of politics and sociology at Newcastle both have an international reputation for their research.
In politics, our research activity focuses on three overlapping areas:
- governance and political organisations
- international politics
- political philosophy
In sociology, our research areas include:
- Identities, embodiments and selves
- Imagining pasts and futures
- Power, inequalities and citizenship
We also have strong links to the Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences (PEALS) research unit.
UK and EU students have the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study abroad exchange in Stage 3 in places such as:
Many of our partner institutions teach in English, so fluency in the language of your host institution is not essential.
Facilities and support
At Newcastle, you'll join a close-knit community of students and academics. You will divide your time between Sociology and Politics, both of which are part of the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology.
You will have access to modern learning and teaching spaces, in the Politics Building and Claremont Tower, as well as the award-winning University library.
You will have an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree. They can help with academic and personal issues.
Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have.
You can join the student-run Politics Society and Sociology Society who organise a busy calendar of events throughout the year.
Teaching and assessment
Your work is divided between lectures and seminars, with around 10 hours a week devoted to large and small group study. You will supplement this with a maximum of 28 hours' private study.
You will be assessed by a combination of:
- presentations and poster presentations
In Stage 3, you undertake a dissertation in either politics or sociology on your topic of choice.
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Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module. More information about each module including specific assessment methods, credits and contact hours, can be found in the Course Details section.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to all students at Newcastle University.
I really enjoy the variety and scope of topics that doing a joint honours course offers. Politics and Sociology has such a broad selection of courses that you'll pick modules you'll find interesting.
Chris, Politics and Sociology BA Honours
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