This course will provide you with a richer understanding of the complexity and diversity of modern life. Sociology explores human societies, cultures, and behavior from a global perspective. You'll study cultural diversity and the construction of social identities based on sexuality, religion, race, gender, and class.
We take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Sociology and Politics, situating social and political structures, processes and activities within wider historical, economic and international contexts.
Why Sociology with Politics at LSBU?
- Recent graduates are now research assistants, school student mentors, and charity workers - careers are likely in teaching, social work, marketing, public administration, the voluntary sector, social research, journalism and programme research.
- No.2 in London Modern Universities for overall score and graduate prospects in Sociology (Complete University Guide League Table, 2018).
- Graduates can apply for postgraduate courses, such as MSc Criminology and Social Research Methods, MSc Development Studies and MSc Refugee Studies.
- Enrich your CV and awareness of working practice with a voluntary placement in the prison service, legal advice, youth offending and youth mentoring schemes.
- No.3 in London Modern Universities for overall score in Politics (Complete University Guide League Table, 2018).
Key course information - ordered by mode
You’ll cover the key historical and contemporary political, economic, and social issues, considering the processes of internationalization/globalization and their impact on society, the practical contribution of sociological and political concepts, as well as how to forge more socially just and sustainable global futures.
- Issues in contemporary sociology
- Social and political problems
- Introduction to political theory
- Researching social life
- The sociological imagination
- Politics, decision-making and democracy
- Social theory and modern society
- Social research skills 1
- Making identities: citizenship, race and nation
Plus three modules from:
- European politics in transition
- Global governance, regionalism and the nation-state
- Globalisation and development
- The environment, sustainability and climate change
- Social research skills 2
- Work Placement
- Sociology research project (double module)
- Politics and protest: new social and political movements
- American politics: ideology and power
Plus two modules from:
- Race culture and identity
- Sociology for the 21st century
- Contemporary dynamics of the world system
- Diplomacy and conflict resolution
A sociology degree gives you the freedom to choose any number of career paths, including teaching, social work, marketing, public administration, the voluntary sector, social research, public relations, advertising, management, and media-related work, including journalism and programme research.
However, it is the social and welfare profession – working as a social worker or a counselor – which is probably the most popular career choice for sociology graduates.
Counselors spend time with people, generally on a one-to-one basis, helping them to talk about themselves in a safe and confidential environment. Social workers provide support and assistance to a host of individuals, families, and groups, from the homeless to people with learning and physical disabilities.
The starting salary for full-time counselors is usually around £19,000-£26,000 a year, although part-time and voluntary work is quite common. Private practice counselors generally charge £30-£50 an hour. (National Careers Service)
Improving your employability
We’ll enhance your employability through our thriving volunteering project, where students can work for the police service, the prison service, legal advice, victim support, domestic violence and child abuse agencies, as well as for youth offending and youth mentoring schemes.
Recent graduates from this course have become Research Assistants, School Teachers, School Student Mentors, Charity Workers and Marketing Assistants.
If you graduate from this course, you'll be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time or part-time MSc Refugee Studies.
The academic strength of this course means that you can also consider entering the field of academic research.
We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
Teaching and learning
Year 1 class contact time is typically 9 hours per week. In addition, you'll be expected to devote time to independent study and attend personal tutorials.
Research active academics
You'll be taught by research-active academics whose work is internationally recognized and informs the course curriculum.
Online learning resources
We also provide extensive virtual learning resources with access to core texts whenever you need it. You'll be assigned a personal tutor to help you settle in, and a wide range of support is available through LSBU's student services.
Personal Academic Tutoring
As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU. The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.
Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.
You will have appointments with your personal academic tutor at least three times a year for 15 minutes throughout your course. You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or sign up for appointment slots advertised outside your tutor's office.
- A Level BCC or
- BTEC National Diploma MMM or
- Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or
- Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points.
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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