In this combination, students develop a critical understanding and insight into contemporary sociological themes and issues. They can choose from a range of specialist areas within Sociology and gain thorough training in research methods. Psychology is concerned with understanding people’s actions and mental experiences. Psychology explores the nature of human behaviour and experience and the various ways in which they can be studied. It focuses upon the major issues and methods of enquiry in present-day psychology and considers the applications of psychology to problems of modern life in such fields as work, education, physical and mental health and crime. The combination of the two subjects provides depth and width of understanding of the relationship between the two areas.
This joint honours programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS)* and can be the first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.
Within Sociology, students will gain an in-depth understanding in many areas including critically examining sociological perspectives through an exploration of diverse social structures, institutions and processes. In addition, they will also appreciate and demonstrate Sociology’s intellectual relationship with other disciplines and students will be encouraged to develop a sociological imagination which is progressively more critical and analytic.
The course is able to offer students access to excellent facilities and resources for research in social, cognitive, biological, developmental and personality psychology. In addition, highly experienced and professional staff deliver engaging and relevant course content.
*Accreditation applicable to Undergraduate Single Honours Psychology degrees and Joint Honours degrees where Psychology is the major subject.
Park Campus, the larger of the two campuses, is set in 80 acres of open green parkland, occupying an impressive and spacious site.
Facilities available on-site include a sports hall, restaurant, Students’ Union, Student Centre, shop, bar and nightclub. Safe and secure accommodation for more than 1,300 students is spread throughout Park Campus, with the majority placed within our student village combining stunning green spaces with welcoming Halls of Residence.
A Multi-Faith Chaplaincy and Medical Centre (providing a full GP service and free counselling) are also available at Park Campus.
Park Campus is within easy walking distance of a busy, local shopping area, complete with banks, supermarkets, shops and pubs.
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Students will be introduced to the core disciplines that underpin the academic analysis of both courses. Stage one explores the introduction of Sociology and Psychology through compulsory modules and provides an excellent foundation of knowledge for students to advance to stage two.
For Sociology there are three compulsory modules:
- Social Identities and Work
- Social Identities in the Global Age
- Inequalities, Diversity and Policy
For Psychology, stage one comprises three compulsory 20 credit modules and introduces the major theoretical approaches to understanding human behaviour.
The compulsory modules for Joint Honours Psychology students are:
- Introduction to Psychology
- Becoming a Psychologist
- Psychology in Practice
Modules take students into more detailed and developed areas, considering the wider issues and debates surrounding Sociology and Psychology.
Stage two builds on the conceptual foundations, knowledge and skills acquired in stage one with two compulsory modules:
- Thinking Sociologically – Cultural Transformations: A fascinating investigation of some of the major cultural transformations of the 21st century.
- Social Research – Principles and Practice: This module is compulsory for Sociology majors/joints, and it examines the relationship between social research and public policy, and between sociological theory and research methods.
There are a wide range of optional modules available for students with differing interests. These modules include:
- Love and Intimacy in the 21st Century
- Native Americans
- Media, Crime and Justice
Within Psychology, stage two provides a wide range of ten credit and 20 credit modules enabling you to study a number of core areas in detail, with sufficient flexibility to select according to your interests and career plans. Your final choice of modules will be partly determined by the specific award you choose. To become eligible for GBR, you would complete the following ten credit modules and the 20 credit Research Methods and Data Analysis. Students will consider a deeper analysis of their modules using professional theoretical research in their subject areas to supplement learning, growth, development and knowledge.
Optional modules for Psychology include:
- The Human Animal
- Cognitive Psychology
- Social Psychology
Students, who have an even split on their courses, can choose to write a dissertation on any topic within their Joint Honours programme. The dissertation builds on and expands students’ prior knowledge of research methodology acquired at stage one and two. It aims to foster the development of expertise in methodology and skills in the planning, conduct and write-up of research reports. This form of independent, experiential learning will require students to ask logical questions to diagnose and define problems, generate and implement solutions and evaluate the effectiveness of their action-outcomes. It therefore develops in the students, the ability to work independently and to reflect on the research process.
At this stage, you will have the opportunity to develop specialised and intensive study on areas and aspects of Sociology and Psychology that you find particularly interesting.
Modernity and Beyond is compulsory to major or joint Sociology students. This module explores the inter-relationship of politics, economics and society in the developments associated with ‘late’ modernity and provides a critical introduction to a range of modern social theories situated within the debate on modernity and its future as well as building on the student’s previous theoretical studies.
Optional modules are also available, see the award map for further details.
Students select from the wide range of advanced Psychology modules on offer. There are modules on each of the applied psychological professions such as forensic psychology and clinical psychology. There are also modules reflecting the research expertise of our staff, for example Transpersonal Psychology and Positive Psychology. Psychology majors typically undertake an empirical dissertation with one-to-one guidance from a Psychology lecturer.
*Please note that Stage Three modules are currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.
Course modules (16/17)
The Human Animal
- Core module N
Methods of Learning
The course is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and research workshops, student-chaired debates and problem-solving exercises as well as directed private study. Students are also expected to work independently and to actively participate in seminar discussion through individual presentations and small group activities.
A variety of assessment strategies are used at each level to ascertain your level of competence in a range of academic and transferable skills. These strategies include essays, practical reports, multiple-choice tests, oral presentations, time-constrained essays, seen and unseen examinations, critical reviews and group project work.
Facilities and Special Features
- excellent and innovative teaching
- friendly and supportive staff
- an exciting range of modules
- excellent facilities
- coverage of contemporary theory and practice
- wide range of extracurricular activities
- placement and volunteering options
- professional and career development opportunities
- dedicated laboratories and PC suites
Sociology and Psychology graduates go on to employment in education, the health service, the police force, youth offending teams, human resources management, marketing, social and caring services, the civil service, broadcasting, social work and many other professions.
How to apply
For application information please see our how to apply page.
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be 260-300 UCAS tariff points. However, we welcome international applications and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. We welcome applications from anyone with a lively interest in Sociology or issues of crime and justice who is prepared to pursue and develop that interest through reading and study.
Fees and funding
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 16/17 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
|Part Time:||£1,280 per 20 credit module|