Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Politics and Sociology

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

The Politics and Sociology joint programme aims to:
1. Enable students to understand the importance of Politics and Sociology in the contemporary world.
2. Ensure that students acquire knowledge and understanding in appropriate areas of theory and analysis.
3. Enable students to understand and use the concepts, approaches and methods of the disciplines and develop an understanding of the contested nature and problematic character of inquiry in the disciplines.
4. Provide students with the opportunity to combine the insights and methods of the two disciplines.
5. Develop students' capacities to critically analyse events, ideas, institutions and practices.
6. Provide students with opportunities to develop their intellectual, personal and interpersonal skills so as to enable them to participate meaningfully in their societies.
7. Provide a curriculum supported by scholarship, staff development and a research culture that promotes breadth and depth of intellectual enquiry and debate.
8. Provide students with a supportive and receptive learning environment.

Course learning outcomes

Identify and describe and illustrate key approaches to the study of politics and understand the contested nature of knowledge and understanding

Identify and understand the key normative ideas and concepts which serve as the foundations of politics

Describe and illustrate the structure and operation of different political systems

Describe and illustrate the key explanatory concepts and theories used in the study of politics

Develop a familiarity with major methods of data collection in politics and sociology, and their appropriate uses

Develop a knowledge of British politics and the key concepts and approaches used to explain British politics

Critically evaluate the nature of political change in a political system or with regard to a political issue

Ability to understand and critique political philosophical arguments made by political theorists

An ability to compare different political systems in order to develop a general understanding of the functioning of politics

Plan and carry out a research project relating to a political topic which sustains a line of argument and draws on a body of academic literature

Describe and illustrate the major sociological concepts and theories, and their applicability

Develop a knowledge of different societies, and understanding of what may be learned by comparing them

Make simple analyses of qualitative and quantitative data using appropriate methods

Demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key topics and debates in a number of specialised areas of sociology

Show the ability to formulate a research question and plan how to answer it

Reflect on the relationship between sociological theory/concepts and data

Assess the strengths and weaknesses of empirical material as evidence for conclusions in specific cases

Collate a range of appropriate sources and structure material from them to answer a question

Identify and and explain general issues in concrete cases

Select and use appropriate research methods (including questionnaires, interviews, observation and content analysis)

Conduct a literature search and produce a correctly formatted bibliography

Manage their time in long-term work programmes

Analyse the ethical implications of social research in a variety of settings

Communicate research findings to an academic audience, both in writing and in oral presentations

Identify and select sociological work relevant to given social, public and civic issues or professional practices

Critically evaluate competing explanations and sociology theories in a range of contexts

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreA Sociology of 21st Century Britain (L4070)154
  CoreBritish Political History (L2010)154
  CoreExplanatory Concepts in Political Science (M1038)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology I (L3068)154
 Spring SemesterCoreFoundations of Politics (M1036)154
  CoreMaking the Familiar Strange (L4072)154
  CoreResearch Skills and Methods in Political Science (M1045)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology II (L3069)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreDoing Social Research: working with quantitative data (L3078)155
  CoreEuropean Politics (L2051)155
  CoreModern Political Thought (L2031)155
  OptionBeyond the Vote: Citizenship and Participation in Sociology (L4069A)155
  Health across the Lifecourse (L3116A)155
  Migration and Integration (Aut) (L4081A)155
  Race: Conflict and Change (L3074A)155
  Sociology of Everyday Life (L4040A)155
 Spring SemesterCoreDoing Social Research: working with qualitative data (L3079)155
  OptionClassical Sociological Theory (L4053B)155
  Communicating Politics (L2155)155
  Education and Inequality (L3115B)155
  Politics of Governance: East Asia (L2094)155
  Politics of Governance: Eastern Europe (L2037)155
  Politics of Governance: France (L2049)155
  Politics of Governance: Germany (L2039)155
  Politics of Governance: India (L2093)155
  Politics of Governance: International Institutions and Issues (L2134)155
  Politics of Governance: The European Union (L2038)155
  Power, Deviance and Othering (L4018B)155
  Resistance Movements in Conflict & War (L4106B)155
  Sociology of Childhood (Spr) (L4082B)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionDeath of Socialism? (L2137)306
   Migration, Identity, and Home (L4108A)306
   Political Change: Contemporary France (L2157)306
   Political Change: Eastern Europe in Transition (L2017)306
   Political Change: Global Crisis and European Political Economy (L1998)306
   Political Change: New Technologies and Corruption (L1999)306
   Political Change: Political Parties and Party Systems (L2034)306
   Political Change: Politics and International Business (L2001)306
   Political Change: The European Union as a Global Actor (M1541)306
   Political Change: the Evolution of Post War European Integration (M1049)306
   Political Change: the Politics of Brexit (L2055)306
   Postcolonial Europe? (L3118A)306
   Sexualities / Intersections (L4062A)306
   Sociology of Fun (Aut) (L4093A)306
   Sociology Research Proposal (L4056)306
   Transcendence, Devotion and Desire (L3119A)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAlternative Societies (Spr) (L4090B)306
  Democracy and Inequality (L2099)306
  Development, Human Rights and Security (Spr) (L4092B)306
  Feminism and Women's Political Activism in Britain (L2156)306
  Governing Technology (L2077)306
  Identity & Interaction (L4061B)306
  Immigration and the Liberal State (L2097)306
  Independent Study/Internship Option (L2021)306
  Medicine and the Body (L3117)306
  Parties and Voters in the UK (M1007)306
  Political Corruption (L2046)306
  Populism and Politics (M1535)306
  Sociology of Humans and Other Animals (Spr) (L4094B)306
  Sociology Project (L3031)306
  Surveillance and Society (L4109B)306
  The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment (Spr) (L4091B)306

Course convenors

Susie Scott
Professor of Sociology
T: +44 (0)1273 873775 or +44 (0)1273 678890

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Paul Webb
Professor of Politics
T: +44 (0)1273 877796 or +44 (0)1273 678578

About your joint honours course

Sussex has always promoted interdisciplinary study by encouraging students to combine different subjects and different approaches to learning. Joint-honours courses are an ideal option if you want to study more than one subject in depth. A key idea behind joint-honours is to experience the range of ways that different academic disciplines use to teach, learn and research. Those differences are stimulating and challenging, but they can also be confusing, so you will find some useful information below to help you get the most out of your course.

  • To find information about the individual modules that make up your course, go to the school that teaches the module. Each module is assessed by the school that teaches it, so on their website you will find (under “student information”) information about the assessment criteria being used, the referencing style you need to use for your work, contact times for your tutors, information about the student reps scheme and lots of other useful information.
  • To find general information about joint honours, use the Frequently Asked Questions list
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