Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Sociology and International Development

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

This programme allows students to learn about the colonial and postcolonial experiences and cultures of developing countries, and reflect on their own societies. It aims to gives students an understanding of the history of international development, including its origins in colonialism, and of core theories off development (both orthodox and critical) and an understanding of current development practice and issues, informed by knowledge of sociological theories and debates on capitalism, the relationship between the individual and society and social change. During the first two years, students combine the sociology and international development courses, while in the final year they take specialised options from both areas of study, including the option to do an extended piece of work on a subject of their choice.

The joint programme enables students to understand the importance of both Sociology and Development in the contemporary world, to acquire a range of empirical knowledge which they can evaluate and relate to theories in both disciplines, and to understand and use their concepts, approaches and methods in carrying out both academic and field research. Students will learn to analyse social events, ideas, institutions and practices critically, and debate and respond to key development issues confronting peoples in the global South. Relevant research techniques as well as transferable practical and intellectual skills are emphasised in both disciplines.

Course learning outcomes

explain major concepts and theories, and their application in contemporary sociology

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 theories in a range of contexts

formulate research questions and plan how to answer them

identify and use appropriate 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 programmes

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

understand key concepts and theoretical debates in international development and their relevance for contemporary development practice

understand the historical, economic, social, environmental and cultural aspects of development

understand key contemporary issues in international development

carry out critical analysis on complex issues related to the discipline

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreA Sociology of 21st Century Britain (L4070)154
  CoreColonialism and After (L2003)154
  CoreGlobal Development Paradigms, Policy and Politics (L2132)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology I (L3068)154
 Spring SemesterCoreGlobal Development Challenges and Innovation (AF002)154
  CoreKey Thinkers in Development (L2145)154
  CoreMaking the Familiar Strange (L4072)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology II (L3069)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreDoing Social Research: working with quantitative data (L3078)155
  CoreEconomic Perspectives on Development (L2147)155
  CoreSocial Change, Culture and Development (L2107N)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
  Research Skills for Development (L2133N)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
  Environmental Perspectives on Development (L2103)155
  Finance for Development (L1082)155
  Gender and Development: Theory, Concepts and Issues (L2104)155
  Health, Poverty and Inequality (L2102N)155
  International Education and Development (001DS)155
  Power, Deviance and Othering (L4018B)155
  Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (L2002N)155
  Resistance Movements in Conflict & War (L4106B)155
  Sociology of Childhood (Spr) (L4082B)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionContemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529A)306
  Contemporary Issues in the Global Political Economy (M1529ADUD)306
  Death of Socialism? (L2137)306
  Development, Business and Corporate Social Responsibility (L2131A)306
  Development Tools and Skills (L2146)306
  Development Work Experience (D6001)306
  Disasters, Environment and Development (005DA)306
  Environment, Ecology and Development (L2123A)306
  Geographies of Violence and Conflict (001G4DIR)306
  Inside Development: the Social Life of Aid (L2152A)306
  Landscape, Nature and Representation (F8085DID)306
  Marxism and International Relations (M1530ADUD)306
  Mercenaries, Gangs and Terrorists: Private Security in International Politics (L7092ADU)306
  Migration, Identity, and Home (L4108A)306
  Migration and Global Development (004IDA)306
  Postcolonial Europe? (L3118A)306
  Religion, Migration and Social Transformation (008GRID)306
  Religions in Global Politics (L2075ADUDE)306
  Sex, Gender and the Global Political Economy (015IRID)306
  Sex and Death in Global Politics (L7091ADU)306
  Sexualities / Intersections (L4062A)306
  Sociology of Fun (Aut) (L4093A)306
  Sociology Research Proposal (L4056)306
  The Global Politics of Health (004RADU)306
  The Politics of International Trade (L2076ADU)306
  Transcendence, Devotion and Desire (L3119A)306
  Urban Futures (006IDA)306
  Water and Development in the Global South (011GID)306
  Wealth, Inequality and Development (003IDA)306
 Autumn & Spring TeachingOptionInternational Development Thesis (L2153)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAlternative Societies (Spr) (L4090B)306
  Anthropology of Fertility, Reproduction and Health (L6035D)306
  Capitalism and Geopolitics (L2062SDU)306
  Critical Perspectives on Conflict and Violence (L2154)306
  Cultures of Colonialism (F8030DID2)306
  Decolonial Movements (002ID2)306
  Development, Human Rights and Security (Spr) (L4092B)306
  Genocide in International Relations from Ancient Times to the Present (013IRSD)306
  Global Approaches to Peace (005ID)306
  Global Food Security (005GSID)306
  Global Politics of Food (011IRSDU)306
  Horizontal Development(s) (007ID)306
  Human Rights (L2124S)306
  Identity & Interaction (L4061B)306
  Medicine and the Body (L3117)306
  Race, Ethnicity and Identity (L6090D)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
  The United States in the World (L2064SDUD)306

Course convenors

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Aneira Edmunds
Senior Lecturer in Sociology
T: +44 (0)1273 873249

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James Hardie-Bick
Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology
T: +44 (0)1273 877925

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Elizabeth Harrison
Professor of Anthropology and International Development
T: +44 (0)1273 877350

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
  • For information about the rules and regulations that govern all Sussex students, start with the general student handbook
  • For help in improving your study skills, using the library and with careers, try the Skills Hub.

And if you have any other questions, contact the convenors for your course; they are here to help you.

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