Sociology and Politics, BA (Hons)

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This stimulating degree offers you the opportunity to study both established and emerging themes in sociology and politics. It involves critical reflection on society, culture and everyday experiences that shape our lives. During the course you'll have the opportunity to study abroad. Why choose this course?

If you have a keen interest in society, culture, current affairs and understanding contemporary life, then the Sociology and Politics course at NTU is ideal for you.

The innovative modules that make up this course build upon the extensive expertise of our teaching teams who are at the cutting-edge of the two disciplines.

You'll have the opportunity to study abroad for one term in your…

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This stimulating degree offers you the opportunity to study both established and emerging themes in sociology and politics. It involves critical reflection on society, culture and everyday experiences that shape our lives. During the course you'll have the opportunity to study abroad. Why choose this course?

If you have a keen interest in society, culture, current affairs and understanding contemporary life, then the Sociology and Politics course at NTU is ideal for you.

The innovative modules that make up this course build upon the extensive expertise of our teaching teams who are at the cutting-edge of the two disciplines.

You'll have the opportunity to study abroad for one term in your second year as part of the Erasmus foreign exchange network and in your final year you'll conduct research to support your dissertation on a topic that interests you.

The academic staff's research feeds directly into the course, which means you will be learning about the latest issues from world-renowned experts. The team also regularly contribute their thoughts about worldwide events and incidents to the local, national and international media.

This course will help you develop a greater awareness of the complexity and connectedness of the socio-political processes that shape our world. This opens up careers in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors, fostering the skills, imagination, understanding and flexibility which employers demand.

Want to know more?

For more details about our BA (Hons) Sociology and Politics course you can request a course brochure. Open days are also a great way to find out more about our courses and experience NTU for yourself. Find out when our Open Days are taking place and book your place. If you can’t make it in person why not take a virtual tour?

When does the course start?

Please see the academic calendar for term dates.

What will I study?

The course is designed to be flexible and offers a choice of research-informed optional modules that allow you to create a degree that will reflect your own interests, needs and future career plans.

Year One
Core modules include:

  • British Politics - Governing in a Global Age
  • Political Ideologies in Conflict
  • Thinking Sociologically
  • Research in Society
  • Social Structure and Social Life

Year Two
Core modules include:

  • Political Sociology
  • Researching Sociology and Politics
  • Constructing modern societies

Optional modules

Choose three from a selection of Politics and Sociology modules.

Sociology

  • Religion and Society
  • Gender, Violence and Society
  • Sociology of Education

Politics

  • Contemporary European Politics
  • Identity, Class and Nation
  • Politics of European Integration

Year Three
Core modules include:

  • Dissertation
  • Theorising Society
  • Contemporary Global Trajectories

Optional modules

You will choose two from a selection of Politics and Sociology modules.

Sociology

  • Identities and Intimacies
  • Race, Culture and Society
  • Technology and Society

Politics

  • The Politics of Everyday Life
  • Power and Politics in the EU
  • Hyperpower politics - the USA

This course will stretch your sense of the boundaries, complexities and challenges of the social and political world. You will be given the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge in areas that interest you through optional modules and the dissertation in Year three.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework based essays, reports and a final year research-based dissertation. You will also be assessed through a combination of formal examinations and practical assessments such as group and individual presentations and portfolios. The portfolios will allow you to engage in creative and innovative projects.

In response to student feedback the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Can I study abroad?

In Year Two you can choose to study abroad as part of the Erasmus foreign exchange scheme. This provides a great opportunity to experience life in another country and gain a new perspective on your subject. Find out more about this exciting study abroad opportunity.

Contact hours

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university you will receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars and workshops. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop problem solving skills, group working, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills and discussion about a wide range of views.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience
Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You will still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Learn from expert staff

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The courses all draw upon their expertise, research interests and industry experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest. You will develop specialist knowledge based on the teams expertise in several areas including:

  • political theory
  • foreign policy
  • sociology and disaster
  • global political economy
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • gender and social class
  • identity
  • alternative spiritualities
  • sexuality
  • family
  • the clergy.
Beyond the course

Broaden your experience, stand out from the crowd and gain a range of skills that employers are looking for.

Where will I study?

As a member of the School of Social Sciences' community, you will study on our vibrant City site. You will typically be based in the Chaucer building although you will also learn in the recently revamped Newton and Arkwright buildings. All of our teaching rooms and learning resources are within a short distance of each other.

Welcoming students from all over the world

The University is proud of its multicultural community. We provide specialist staff, services and facilities that you need to help you through all the stages of being a student. Find out more about the Universities dedicated services for international students.

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You'll have easy access to a great combination of facilities that include:

  • the £13 million Boots Library that has a wide range of both print and online resources, as well as 24 / 7 IT facilities, group and individual study spaces
  • the redeveloped Newton and Arkwright buildings which will provide you with an inspiring place to learn
  • our virtual learning environment (NOW) which allows you to learn online at any time
  • 3,000 student open access PC's and 300 secure wireless access points
  • a new City site Students' Union building will open in 2013 giving you an exceptional array of social, leisure and well-being facilities.

The prime location of the City site gives you easy access to a great combination of facilities and activities including:

  • sports facilities
  • student accommodation
  • music venues
  • cafes.
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