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City, University of London

International Politics and Sociology

UCAS Code: LL23

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

BBB A level General Studies, Critical Thinking and Citizenship are not accepted

Access to HE Diploma

D:27,M:18

We welcome Access course applications from 'mature' students. These applicants will be considered on the basis of their own merits. Please be aware that Access students are often asked for further information to supplement their application, this is normally in the form of a questionnaire. A typical offer for an Access applicant would be: Pass 60 credits, 45 of which at Level 3. These Level 3 credits must include at least 27 at distinction and 18 at merit. It is essential the Access course qualification is supplemented by at least a grade B in Mathematics and English Language at GCSE.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language and Mathematics or Statistics at grade 4 (C) (or equivalent) are also required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM

Check with Department for acceptable subjects

UCAS Tariff

120

120 tariff points from 3 A levels or 3 A levels and 1 EPQ

73%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

International politics

Sociology

City's International Politics and Sociology BSc is a joint degree that offers a broad understanding of both subjects with a special focus on how the local and the global relate to each other.

This course is for those students wishing to benefit from a joint degree combining main core modules of both International Politics and Sociology. Graduates of this course have found they are well suited to a wide range of career options, from the Civil Services, NGOs, journalism, and teaching to international organisations and the corporate sector.

This joint honours undergraduate degree combines key sociological and political perspectives for the understanding of local, national and global social relations, identities and structures. It will equip you with sophisticated critical thinking as well as rigorous quantitative and qualitative social sciences skills that are going to be highly valuable in your future profession, whether in the public, private or corporate sectors.

The International Politics element of the degree enables you to obtain the skills and knowledge to answer the many questions about our fast-changing world. You will also gain an understanding of important theoretical debates, global political systems and policy making. As well as developing strong research skills, you will have the option to further your data skills through a Quantitative Methods (QM) pathway for your final two years of study.

The Sociology element examines the organisation of contemporary societies and explores the opportunities and structural inequalities that define our everyday lives. You will have the chance to study topics such as culture, identity, and class, and gain an appreciation of the complex interplay between local and global forces, with particular reference to life in the 21st century metropolis. This course will develop your critical thinking and skills in the analysis, interpretation and production of social data.

Modules

Year 1: The first year introduces competing theories of international politics and global political economy and how power has transformed in the 20th and 21st centuries. You will also receive a wide-ranging grounding in qualitative and quantitative approaches to sociology.

Core modules include:
- Introduction to political economy
- Myths and mysteries in world politics
- International relations theories 1
- Producing social data
- Lies, damned lies and statistics
- Researching society: qualitative methods
- Classic social theory
- Research@CitySociology

Year 2: The second year offers one core theory module on international relations, an extended essay, an introduction to qualitative and quantitative methods and a range of elective modules provided by the Departments of International Politics and Sociology.

Core modules:
- Advanced theories of global politics
- Scholarly writing for international politics
- Quantitative analysis of social research data
- Contemporary social theory

The final year includes a project on an international politics or sociology topic of your choice. You can also select electives from a range of International Politics and Sociology modules.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen examinations and a final year project. The balance of assessment by each will to some extent depend on the optional modules that you choose.

The Uni


Course location:

City, University of London

Department:

International Politics

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

81%
med
International politics
66%
low
Sociology

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

Teaching and learning

87%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
83%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

86%
Library resources
90%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
80%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

58%
UK students
42%
International students
47%
Male students
53%
Female students
82%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Sociology

Teaching and learning

65%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
61%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

80%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
42%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
14%
Male students
86%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Politics

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
79%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Media professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

Sociology

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,000
high
Average annual salary
81%
low
Employed or in further education
74%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
15%
Childcare and related personal services
11%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

We have quite a lot of sociology graduates, although numbers fell last year. But graduates still do pretty well. Most sociology graduates go straight into work when they complete their degrees, and a lot of graduates go into jobs in social professions such as recruitment, education, community and youth work, and housing. An important option for a sociology graduate is social work - and we're short of people willing to take this challenging but rewarding career. Sociology is a flexible degree and you can find graduates from the subject in pretty much every reasonable job — obviously, you don't find many doctors or engineers, but you do find them in finance, the media, healthcare, marketing and even IT. Sociology graduates taking further study often branch out into other qualifications, like teaching, law, psychology, HR and even maths, so don’t think a sociology degree restricts you to just one set of options.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

International politics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£28k

£28k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Sociology

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£28k

£28k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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