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Birkbeck, University of London

Psychosocial Studies

UCAS Code: C880

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

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Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Part-time | 2019

Subject

Sociology

Many of us want to know why the world is the way it is: why it is filled with perpetual cycles of violence and trauma on the one hand, and with enormous potential for care and concern for one another on the other. We want answers to the pressing questions of our time, which are often questions about the precarious connectedness of different communities, be they global, national, public, civic, social, cultural, historical or the intimate communities of personal life.

Psychosocial studies enables us to unravel the interconnected psychic and social forces that produce us as people and to determine our complex relations to one another. While sociology students study the social world and psychology students study the brain and behaviour, psychosocial studies students investigate the relation between individuals and the social sphere: how people are made up of the relationships they have with one another and with the world around them. This means deepening our understanding of the emotional, imaginary and symbolic aspects of living together.

Highlights

- Birkbeck's innovative, creative and interdisciplinary courses will help you become a competent, critical and responsible student of the social world and the psychological and social forces that shape individuals.

- Staff within our innovative Department of Psychosocial Studies have a keen interest in the development of new and innovative psychosocial methods, as well as forging new theoretical trajectories across a range of critical fields of enquiry.

- The Department is genuinely interdisciplinary, with academics coming from backgrounds in anthropology, cultural and postcolonial studies, education studies, gender and sexuality studies, literary studies, critical psychology, psychoanalytic studies and sociology.

- Read what our students have to say about studying with us.

Modules

The programme consists of 11 compulsory modules, worth 30 credits each (two of the compulsory modules worth 15 credits each), and two option modules worth 30 credits each, making a total of 360 credits.

There are four types of module:

Compulsory modules in key psychosocial topics such as love, hate, power, bodies, sexualities, urban multicultures and psychoanalytic and social theory.
Fieldwork modules that develop your group-based skills and involve you in exploring the everyday physical and digital worlds we live in.
Option modules that develop knowledge across broad areas of study in the social sciences. We offer three options from our Department and one from the BA Film and Media. You will be able to choose two option modules in Year 3.
Independent study and dissertation modules that enable you to research a topic of your choice and write a dissertation based on your research in Year 3.

Assessment methods

There are no examinations for this degree. Coursework includes a portfolio of short written assignments on key reading, essays, collectively produced projects (e-journals, blogs, maps, visual ethnographies such as video-diaries and photographic assignments) and collective writing assignments, plus individual reflective work, and a dissertation.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,675
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

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Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Psychosocial Studies

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