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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

BSc (Hons) Sociology

Academic Year: 2017/18

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different) N/A
Owning school/department Department of Social Sciences
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body

N/A

Final award BSc / BSc+DIntS / BSc+DPS
Programme title Sociology
Programme code SSUB01
Length of programme BSc (Hons): 3 years full-time, BSc (Hons) DPS/DInts: 4 years full-time (including a one-year placement)
UCAS code L300, L301
Admissions criteria

http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/courses/departments/socialsciences/sociology/

Date at which the programme specification was published Mon, 17 Jul 2017 17:26:19 BST

1. Programme Aims

  • To provide an intellectually stimulating environment in which students can develop the critical and practical skills of the sociologist.
  • To provide students with the opportunity to study sociology in a multidisciplinary context where the value of interdisciplinary analysis is explored.
  • To enable students to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of sociology, especially concerning the relations between personal troubles of milieu and public issues of social structure.
  • To enable students to gain a deeper knowledge and understanding of issues in sociology through specialist study and research.
  • To enable students to learn about the key concepts, theories and methods of sociology.
  • To enable students to interpret and analyse social processes and structures.
  • To enable students to compare different social arrangements.
  • To enable students to address key issues in sociological analysis and in society, including social inequality and cultural diversity.
  • To enable students to appreciate alternative perspectives in social science.
  • To enable students to appreciate the value of sociological approaches in non-academic contexts.
  • To enhance students’ career and employment opportunities on graduating.

 

 

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

  • The Benchmark Statement for Sociology
  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (2008)
  • University Learning and Teaching Strategy
  • External Examiners’ Reports for BSc Sociology

 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in the following areas: 

  1. Understand basic sociological concepts, such as identity, inequality, social structure and social change.
  2. Describe and examine classical and contemporary social theories.
  3. Evaluate contemporary social issues from a sociological perspective.
  4. Apply a variety of qualitative and quantitative research methods.
  5. Analyse social diversity and inequality.
  6. Analyse the relationship between individuals, groups and society.
  7. Discuss the role of culture, media and representation in social life.
  8. Explain social change, including from an historical and global perspective.

 

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. Assess the merits of varied social theories and explanations.
  2. Formulate sociological research questions and select appropriate research methods to answer them.
  3. Evaluate and interpret research evidence on social life.
  4. Synthesize and critically reflect on sociological theories and empirical studies.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. Communicate sociological knowledge in oral presentations.
  2. Communicate sociological knowledge in advanced formats, e.g. posters, video, oral debates.
  3. Interpret and analyse sociologically relevant statistical data.
  4. Design and execute practical sociological research.
  5. Apply ethical principles in sociological research.
  6. Use sociological knowledge to find solutions to public and social policy and private enterprise.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  1. Master basic study skills e.g. referencing, use of databases.
  2. Locate and evaluate sources of information, synthesize information and deploy it in reasoned argument.
  3. Communicate and present information e.g. construct written arguments, contribute to group discussions
  4. Communicate and present information using more advanced formats e.g. prepare posters, write reports, oral presentations using powerpoint, preparation of videos.
  5. Design and execute research projects.
  6. Work in teams.
  7. Use statistical and other quantitative skills, including use of statistical software.
  8. Manage time and work: plan time and resources independently in the light of deadlines.

4. Programme structure

Programme Code: SSUB01

This is a three-year long full-time degree programme.  In each of the three parts (years) of the degree (A, B and C), students take modules amounting to 120 credits.   In addition, students have the opportunity to undertake a Placement Year (Part I) after Part B or a Study Abroad scheme at Part B.

Important Note: No module may be taken and passed more than once. Optional module availability is subject to timetabling constraints and optional modules may be subject to change.

Part A - Introductory Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (70 credits)

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA001

Introduction to Sociology: Identities and Inequalities

10

SSA003

Sociological Imagination

10

SSA305

Foundation in Social Sciences

10

Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA002

Introduction to Sociology: Global, Social and Cultural Change

10

Semester 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSA009

Introduction to Research Methods

30

OPTIONAL MODULES

Student must choose FIVE 10 credit options from the following:

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

EUA607

Introduction to Democratic Government

10

GYA004

Geographies of Global Economic Change

10

SSA156

Self and Identity

10

SSA201

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy A

10

SSA301

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Contemporary Trends and Issues

10

Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

GYA104

Geographies of Identity

10

EUA614

Political Ideologies

10

SSA158

Ideas and Controversies

10

SSA202

Introduction to Criminology and Social Policy B

10

SSA302

Introduction to Communication and Media Studies: Historical Themes and Perspectives

10

Semesters 1 and 2

Students can also choose other modules from the University’s Module Catalogue, approved by the Department of Social Sciences for inclusion in the programme, including languages in French, German, Spanish and Mandarin.

Part B - Degree Modules

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits)

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB008

Classical Social Theories

10

SSB026

Globalisation and its 'Others'

20

Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB010

Contemporary Social Theories

20

Semesters 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB009

Advanced Research Methods

30

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take 40 credits worth of options across two semesters. A selection will be offered from the following list, plus language modules:

Semester 1

 Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB034

Surveillance Society

10

SSB128

Political Psychology

10

SSB216

Women and Crime: Victims, Offenders and Survivors

10

SSB360

The Media in Global Context

10

EUB630

British Politics

10

 Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB023

Religion and Society

10

SSB234

Media, Culture and Crime

10

SSB239

Drugs: Society, Politics and Policy

10

SSB175

Psychological Disorders in Society

10

EUB604

Comparative European Politics

10

Semesters 1 and 2

Language Options:  Students may choose to take a language option in either semester, however this must carry on from a language in Part A.

10

Information for students wishing to take a Study Abroad or Placement Year

Study Abroad: Candidates have the opportunity to apply for permission to undertake an approved course of study at either a European university which is a member of the EU approved Erasmus Exchange programmes in the Department of Social Sciences or any other University with which the University has exchange study arrangements. Such a course of study must be undertaken in place of one Semester at Part B.

For students opting to take the Study Abroad scheme in Semester 2

Semester 1 Compulsory Modules total modular weight 50 credits:

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB008

Classical Social Theories

10

SSB026

Globalisation and its ‘Others’

20

SSB393

Advanced Research Methods A (Erasmus)

20

In addition, depending on the credit gained through the Semester Abroad, students are enrolled on one of the following modules:

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB097

Study Abroad Module

50

SSB098

Study Abroad Module

60

SSB099

Study Abroad Module

70

Optional modules: Depending on the credit gained through the Study Abroad semester, students take either 10, 20 or 30 credits worth of options in Semester 1.  A selection of optional modules will be offered every year from the Part B list provided above.

For students opting to take the Study Abroad scheme in Semester 1

Semester 2 Compulsory modules total modular weight 40 credits:

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB010

Contemporary Social Theories

20

SSB394

Advanced Research Methods B (Erasmus)

20

In addition, depending on the credit gained through the Semester Abroad, students are enrolled on one of the following modules:

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSB097

Study Abroad Module

50

SSB098

Study Abroad Module

60

SSB099

Study Abroad Module

70

Optional modules: Depending on the credit gained through the Study Abroad semester, students take either 10, 20 or 30 credits worth of options in Semester 2. A selection of optional modules will be offered every year from the Part B list provided above.

Part I:  Placement Year

Placement Year: Students have the opportunity to take a placement year (Part I) after successful completion of Part B. Two placement routes are available:

  • Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) Route: Students taking this route undertake a programme of professional training leading to the Diploma of Professional Studies (DPS) in accordance with Senate Regulation XI.
  • Diploma in International Studies (DIntS) Route: Students taking this route undertake a British Council approved Teaching Assistantship either at a school or other approved placement in a French, German or Spanish speaking country in accordance with Senate Regulation XI. Successful completion of this route leads to the award of the Diploma in International Studies (DIntS). It should be noted that students undertaking a Teaching Assistantship should have a minimum of AS level in the appropriate language, or its equivalent. The equivalent level in the University Wide Language Programme is level 4. Note that students taking this Teaching Assistantship scheme through the Department of Politics, History and International Relations will be registered on module EUI002.  Students taking other work abroad placement opportunities will be registered on SSI002.
  • Registration on the DIntS and DPS routes is subject to Departmental approval and satisfactory performance during Parts A and B.

Depending on the Placement type, students are enrolled on one of the following modules:

Semesters 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSI001

Diploma in Professional Studies Placement (DPS)

120

SSI002

Diploma in International Studies Placement (DIntS) - for work placements abroad

120

EUI002

Diploma in International Studies Placement (DIntS) - for the Teaching Assistantship Scheme

120

Students opting for the Study Abroad scheme in Part B will only be allowed to undertake placement year (DIntS or DPS) in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Department.


Part C

COMPULSORY MODULES (80 credits) 

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC032

The Individual and Society

10

SSC024

Gender, Sex and Society

20

Semester 2 

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC033

Communicating Sociology

10

Semester 1 and 2

Code

Module Title

Weight

SSC099

Sociology Project Dissertation

 40

OPTIONAL MODULES

Students take 40 credits worth of options across two semesters. A selection will be offered from the list below, plus language modules:

 

Semester 1

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC238

Youth Justice

20

SSC138

Forensic Psychology

20

SSC031

History of Ideas: Stereotyping the ‘Other’

20

SSC130

Social Psychology of Everyday Life

20

SSC357

Producing the News

20

EUC602

Nationalism: blood, soil and citizens

20

EUC604

State, Violence and Terrorism

20

 Semester 2

Code

Module Title

Credit

SSC022

Body, Health and the Digital

20

SSC239

Green Criminology

20

SSC237

Sex Work and Sex Industries

20

SSC316

Media, Memory and History

20

EUC677

Britain and the EU

20

EUC658

Art, Politics and Society

20

Semesters 1 and 2

Language Options:  Students may choose to take a language option in either semester, however this must carry on from a language in Part B.

10

 

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

In order to progress from Part A to Part B, from Part B to C, and to be eligible for the award of an Honours degree, candidates must satisfy the minimum credit requirements set out in Regulation XX. 

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

Candidates' final degree classification will be determined on the basis of their performance in degree level Module Assessments in Parts B and C. The percentage mark for each Part will be combined in the ratio Part B 40% : Part C 60% to determine the final programme percentage mark.