The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
Sociology and Social Policy BA (Hons)
This is a part-time, full-time joint honours programme within the Sociology subject area.
- Subject area: Sociology
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: LL34
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- Mode of study: Part-time, Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Sociology provides ways of making sense of a world undergoing unprecedented social change and uncertainty. It aims to explain the origins, formation and development of modern societies. Sociological research is devoted to understanding the conditions that govern our experience of everyday life as well as the structures that determine the overall character of a society.
The programme at Kent is designed to provide students with an understanding of core traditions and contemporary developments in sociological thinking and research. It also features a range of specialist areas such as race and ethnic identity, risk and society, sociological approaches to violence, terrorism and society, new media technologies, the sociology of health, sex, gender and socialisation, the sociology of work and the sociology of embodiment. We also offer the opportunity to study Sociology with a year abroad in Europe (Holland, Spain, Italy or Finland), or Hong Kong.
Sociology teaching at Kent was described by national assessors during their most recent visit as ‘very impressive'. The School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research has the highest national research rating available. You are taught by some of the leading academics in the field.
As this is a joint honours programme, you may find it useful to read both of the following subject leaflets for more information:
As this is a joint honours subject, please see both subject leaflets below for more details about the modules you may take:
Please contact us if you have any queries (Contacts are listed under the 'Further information' tab).
Teaching and assessment
Usually you have four lectures and four seminars a week and additional tutorial input spread over the year. Some modules involve workshops to develop key personal and study skills, or computing and project work, which you can do individually or in teams. In addition, you spend time in individual study, using the resources of the University Library and computer-assisted learning packages.
Most modules in the School are assessed by 50% coursework and 50% end-of-year examination. A small number are assessed entirely by coursework. Marks from both Stages 2 and 3 count towards your final degree result. Stage 1 results do not count towards the final mark, but entry to Stage 2 depends on passing Stage 1 assessments.
On average, you have four hours of lectures and up to four hours of seminars each week. We also run a tutorial scheme in which students are supervised on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Most modules also involve individual study using library resources and, where relevant, computer assisted learning packages. If you are taking modules involving computing or learning a language, you have additional workshop time.
Most Sociology modules are assessed by a variety of methods, including examination and coursework, each of which counts for 50% of the final mark. The dissertation, usually done at Stage 3, is assessed without examination. Marks from Stages 2 and 3 and for your year abroad all count towards your final degree result. Stage 1 results do not count towards the final mark, but entry to Stage 2 depends on passing Stage 1.
We place a high emphasis on developing transferable skills such as those in written and verbal presentation, groupwork and the use of ICT. Our graduates fare extremely well in terms of finding employment, whether in directly related areas such as social work and health care; policy analysis in the public and voluntary sector; human resource management and advice services; education and research; and management in the Civil Service, local authorities or other public agencies, the voluntary sector; or beyond.
Through your study you gain many of the transferable skills essential for success in the graduate employment market. These include planning and organisation, the ability to work independently and in groups, to lead and to support others, and to analyse complex information and make it accessible to non-specialist readers.
Our graduates go into a variety of areas such as marketing, recruitment consultancy, the Prison Service, teaching, banking and financial services, and further study.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 60% guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
ABB at A level or IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher.
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Key Information Sets
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