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Sociology BA (Hons)

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Our Sociology course allows you to develop your understanding of how humans shape and are shaped by the society they live in.

This Sociology course explores the latest Sociological questions and methodological implications. We offer a degree that focuses on academic excellence, high standards of methodological training and empirical professional experience.

We will support you to achieve your career and study ambitions, which is why if you complete our Employability Plus Gold programme or Changemaker Gold certificate alongside your studie and if you haven’t secured full-time employment 12 months after graduating* we will secure a three – six month paid internship for you, or support you into postgraduate study.

*with a 2:2 degree classification or higher

Updated 16/07/2020

Key Facts

  • UCAS Code:

    3 year: L300 Foundation: L301​

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Duration:

    3 years Full-time
    4-6 years Part-time
    4 years full time (foundation study framework)

  • Starting:

    September

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £9,250 Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module Foundation Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

  • Fees International:

    Full Time: £12,900 Foundation Framework: £9,800

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

  • Optional international field trip module.
  • Placement module.
  • Foundation Study Framework available.
  • Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.

Course Content

  • The course explores topical societal questions such as:

    • What is Sociological Imagination? How is it used?
    • What is the impact of Inequalities on Spaces and Places?
    • How do we shape our own identity and self?
    • How can Sociologists become professionals?
    • How important is the future to Sociology, societies and the self?
    • What is Sociology of the Life course? How is it related to the Sociology of Death?
    • How can we understand Race, Ethnicity and Migration after Brexit?

    You will develop a critical understanding of contemporary sociological themes and issues whilst learning to apply sociological concepts on a global scale. Core modules that you will study provide you with a foundation of knowledge and understanding of the discipline. You will then develop your knowledge further and will be able to add areas of personal interest such as international development, politics, media and culture, and deviance.

    Schedule

    • you will receive 12 hours per week dedicated teaching support in year one and additional staff guidance throughout your first year
    • in year two a minimum of 10 hours teaching per week is provided and you will have greater flexibility to shape your own study week supported by one-to-one and group tutorials
    • in year three eight hours of classroom-based teaching per week is provided and you will meet regularly with your dissertation supervisor. Supervisors take on the role of personal tutors as well as providing expert support in your chosen area of research.
    • Module code: SOC1069
      Status: Compulsory
      The module aims to support students in developing a theoretical/conceptual and historical understanding of the social issues surrounding education. The module supports these aims by: (1) providing a solid grounding in key sociological theories and themes vis-a-vis education (2) exploring core themes for sociology of education for instance the role of the State the concept of childhood the relationship between education and the market and education and the family and (3) giving opportunities to develop the skills to evaluate and instigate change in educational systems
    • Module code: SOC1072
      Status: Compulsory
      Drawing on from disciplines such as Sociology Media/Cultural/Communication Studies Journalism Criminology and Psychology this module is designed to introduce students to a wide range of different topics in order to create a multi/inter-disciplinary theoretical and conceptual understanding of the relationship between the media crime and society.
    • Module code: SOC1073
      Status: Compulsory
      This module will introduce students to a range of micro- and macro-sociological perspectives and their analysis of the changing nature of social identities. Based around the structure/action dualism that retains a central place in sociological debate and taking a historical/chronological approach from early modernity to the global age. It aims to demonstrate the relevance and applicability of sociology to an understanding of social identity and aspects of everyday life.
    • Module code: SOC1076
      Status: Compulsory
      This module introduces students to a range of sociological and feminist perspectives on gender and to contemporary debates about gender and society. In doing so the module aims to develop an in-depth exploration of masculinities femininities and transgender identities and their historical cultural social and political dimensions.
    • Module code: SOC1077
      Status: Compulsory
      Current sociological research on inequalities focuses on the geography of social inequality that is on the relation between space place and inequalities. This module explores issues such as housing health services education polices urban and rural development supporting the students in gaining an understanding of several core areas of social and spatial inequalities.
    • Module code: SOC1078
      Status: Compulsory
      The purpose of this module is to introduce in a critical and synthesized manner that enable first-year sociology students to understand how sociology investigates and describes the social world. Important theoretical perspectives and primary methodological considerations will be a large consideration. Empirical as well as theoretical engagement with introductory sociological principles will be presented as part of the wider concept of what is perceived to be the `sociological imagination?.
  • We also value the significance of understanding different cultures and for that reason there is an opportunity in the second year of the course to participate in the International Field Module, allowing you to learn about how different societies funtion and apply theory to real-life scenarios.

    Our students have already travelled to Abu Dhabi, Berlin, Athens, and Rome. This module is opitonal – for a five to seven day visit the cost will not be more than £1,000.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Our assessments on the BA Sociology course are regularly praised by our external examiners as being imaginative and varied. Assessment methods used on this course include:

    • essays
    • seminar portfolios
    • seen and unseen exams
    • internet-based exercises
    • group presentations
    • research projects
    • academic posters.
  • Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer would be:

    • BCC at A Level or DMM at BTEC.
    • an Access Course must include 30 level 3 credits at Merit.
    • we welcome international applicants and applications from those with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.

    Integrated Foundation Study Entry Requirements

    Admission to this Foundation Framework is normally:

    • DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC
    • however, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
      for study at undergraduate level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • UK & EU

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
    Foundation Framework: £6,750 as part of a four year programme (subsequent years will be charged at standard BSc rate).

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £9,250
    Part Time: £1,400 per 20 credit module
    Foundation: £6,600 (as part of a four year programme subsequent years will be charged at the BA/BSc fee).

    Additional Costs

    The optional International Field Trip is partially funded by the University. The costs of trip is on average between £600-£1,000 and students pay part of this cost.

    As a part of the Sociology Placement module, students get a free DBS paid by the University but students need to pay for any additional expenses such as travel costs.

    International

    2020/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,900
    Foundation Framework: £9,800

    2019/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £12,500

    Additional Costs

    The optional International Field Trip is partially funded by the University. The costs of trip is on average between £600-£1,000 and students pay part of this cost.

    As a part of the Sociology Placement module, students get a free DBS paid by the University but students need to pay for any additional expenses such as travel costs.

Staff

James White

Senior Lecturer in Sociology
Faculty of Health, Education and Society

Profile

Careers and Employability

The skills, knowledge and competencies that you will develop will equip you for a wide range of careers. Our graduates can pursue careers in areas such as teaching, research, social work, community organisations, local government, and Human Resources.

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