Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) International Relations and Sociology

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course learning outcomes

An understanding of the core concepts and questions that define the discipline of IR.

A familiarity with the key theoretical traditions of IR as an academic discipline.

A basic knowledge of the history of modern international relations.

An understanding of the significance of the world economy for the nature of the international system.

Ability to communicate effectively with others and to present material both orally and in writing.

Ability to deploy a range of communication and information technology skills.

Ability to present concise and cogently structured arguments, both orally and in writing.

Ability to carry out critical analysis on complex issues related to the discipline.

Explain major sociological concepts and theories, and their application in contemporary sociology.

Demonstrate knowledge of different societies, and understanding of what may be learned by comparing them.

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

Collate a range of appropriate sources (including paper, audio-visual and electronic sources) and structure material from them to answer a question.

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

Critically evaluate competing explanations and sociological theories in a range of contexts.

Formulate research questions and plan how to answer them.

Identify and use appropriate sociological research methods (including questionnaires, interviews, observations and content analysis).

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

Make simple analyses of quantitative and qualitative data using appropriate computer programs.

Communicate effectively with others and present information both orally and in writing.

Conduct a literature search and produce a correctly formatted bibliography.

Manage their time in long-term work programmes.

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreA Sociology of 21st Century Britain (L4070)154
  CoreIntroduction to International Relations (L2008)154
  CoreThe International System Today: Powers and Regions (L2009)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology I (L3068)154
  CoreThe Rise of the Modern International Order (L2007)154
 Spring SemesterCoreClassical Political Theory & International Relations (L2014N)154
  CoreMaking the Familiar Strange (L4072)154
  CoreThe Local and the Global: IR in Practice (L2066)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology II (L3069)154
  CoreThe Short Twentieth Century and Beyond (L2005)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreContemporary International Theory (L2015N)155
  CoreDoing Social Research: working with quantitative data (L3078)155
  CoreIntroduction to International Political Economy (L2024)155
  CoreWar in International Politics (L2138)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
  Development and the State (L2128)155
  Education and Inequality (L3115B)155
  Globalisation and Global Governance (L2025)155
  Power, Deviance and Othering (L4018B)155
  Resistance Movements in Conflict & War (L4106B)155
  Security and Insecurity in Global Politics (L2061N)155
  Sociology of Childhood (Spr) (L4082B)155
  The Politics of Foreign Policy (L2090)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionContemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529A)306
  Death of Socialism? (L2137)306
  Empires, Nations, and the Making of Modern Citizenship (012IR)306
  Governing Muslims: From Empire to the War on Terror (010IR)306
  Insurgents, Militaries and Militias (014IR)306
  International Relations of the Modern Middle East (L2065A)306
  Marxism and International Relations (M1530A)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092A)306
  Migration, Identity, and Home (L4108A)306
  Peace Processes in Global Order (L2059A)306
  Political Economy of the Environment (L7094A)306
  Postcolonial Europe? (L3118A)306
  Religions in Global Politics (L2075A)306
  Sex, Gender and the Global Political Economy (015IR)306
  Sex and Death in Global Politics (L7091A)306
  Sexualities / Intersections (L4062A)306
  Sociology of Fun (Aut) (L4093A)306
  Sociology Research Proposal (L4056)306
  The Global Politics of Health (004RA)306
  The Politics of International Trade (L2076A)306
  The Politics of Terror (M1014A)306
  The Reign of Rights in Global Politics (L2140)306
  Transcendence, Devotion and Desire (L3119A)306
  What is War (L2072A)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAlternative Societies (Spr) (L4090B)306
  Capitalism and Geopolitics (L2062S)306
  Development, Human Rights and Security (Spr) (L4092B)306
  Development and Geopolitics in East Asia (L2074S)306
  Dirty Wars? Conflict and Military Intervention (L2056S)306
  Ethics in Global Politics (L7093S)306
  Genocide in International Relations from Ancient Times to the Present (013IRS)306
  Global Politics of Food (011IRS)306
  Global Resistance: Subjects and Practices (L7090S)306
  Identity & Interaction (L4061B)306
  Medicine and the Body (L3117)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092S)306
  Russia and the Former Soviet Union in Global Politics (L2071S)306
  Sociology of Humans and Other Animals (Spr) (L4094B)306
  Sociology Project (L3031)306
  Surveillance and Society (L4109B)306
  The Arms Trade in International Politics (L7095S)306
  The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment (Spr) (L4091B)306
  The United States in the World (L2064S)306

Course convenors

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Matthew Ford
Senior Lecturer in International Relations
T: +44 (0)1273 877212

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David Karp
Senior Lecturer In International Relations
T: +44 (0)1273 873352

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

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.

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