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Blackburn College

BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology with Foundation Entry

UCAS Code: QF90

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

Entry requirements


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

Politics

Sociology

Our BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology with Foundation Entry degree course is designed for students who want to study History and Politics, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to start the Honours degree programme just yet.

This Politics and Sociology BA (Hons) course enables you to study both Politics and Sociology equally at the same level. Don't worry, studying joint honours doesn't mean more work. You'll study the same number of credits as a single honours student, but just take fewer modules in each of the subjects. There are lots of reasons why students choose a joint honours qualification. Just some include: that you have two subject areas of interest, that you want to explore something new alongside a core subject area or that you want to keep your career options open to a range of professions.

The Politics programme is stimulating, interesting and contemporary, and quickly develops students' own powers of analysis and problem solving, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills. It is designed to help you to form a deeper understanding of the Politics of Britain and the wider world, whilst exploring the world of the political, within the complex power relationships of contemporary society. In the first year you will take a common core of introductory modules designed to familiarise yourself with differing approaches to the study of Politics, to help you understand key theories, concepts and ideas and to understand some of the key debates and issues in the world around us. At second and third level students can choose from a range of modules to reflect developing interests and potential career choices.

Covering a broad range of critical and contemporary issues, our exciting and innovative Sociology programme introduces you to the many diverse and contentious sociological perspectives that try to explain the world around you. Our modules encourage you to critically examine contemporary social change, to question the reality and representations of the social and cultural forces which mould us, and to evaluate the nature of society itself. The study of social relations, processes and structures is undertaken historically, in comparative focus and with relevance to many of the key issues facing contemporary societies. Within this, considerable emphasis is also given to the importance of developing those theoretical and conceptual tools appropriate to the understanding of these social processes and structures, and to the different theoretical and methodological approaches which frame their investigation.

Modules

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 3 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
?Preparing for HE
?World in Crisis? Foundation in Social Science
?Foundation in Modern History

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
?Introduction to Political Theory
?Introduction to British Government & Politics
?Comparative Politics
?Language and Society
?Introduction to Social Theory and Social Science Methodology
?Social Differentiation in Contemporary Britain

Level 5 Modules (there are 4 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules out of a choice of 6 as indicated by *) include:
?Social Science Research Methods with SPSS
?Modernity to Post Modernity Contemporary Social Theory
?Social Science Research Methods with SPSS
?Modernity to Post Modernity Contemporary Social Theory

Choose 1 Politics module from the optional modules below:
?Local and Regional Government
?Political Ideas and the Making of the Modern World: the Western Perspective
?Government and Politics of the USA

and choose 1 Sociology modules from the optional modules below
?Guttenburg to Gates: A Sociology of the Media
?Talking About My Generation: Popular Music & Youth Culture
?Leisure & Society

Level 6 Modules (there is 1 mandatory module and 4 optional modules out of a choice of 9 as indicated by *) include:
?Dissertation

Choose 2 Politics modules from the optional modules below
?Saving the World?: Green Politics, Green Society
?International Relations and Globalisation
?United States Foreign Policy and the making of a New Global Order
?Riots, Public Disorders and responses of the State

and choose 2 Sociology modules from the optional modules below:
?Sociology of Health and Medicine
?Sociology of Death and Dying
?Tourism, Sex and Gender
?Have I Got News for You? Contemporary Issues in the Media

Assessment methods

Modules at Level 4 study are assessed by both examinations (50%) and coursework (50%). Level 5 and 6 modules are also assessed by examination and coursework combinations. You can also expect to take part in seminar presentations which will form part of the assessment for Level 5 and 6 modules. In the third year, you will undertake a dissertation which is assessed through coursework (100%).

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

The Uni


Course location:

Blackburn College

Department:

Art and Society

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