Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Sociology and Cultural Studies

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

This degree programme provides an opportunity and to develop skills in analysing cultural products such as the mass media, and ways in which social processes can be analysed and explained, offering students the chance to study two historically related and overlapping subjects in a combined degree. During the first two years, students combine the sociology and cultural studies courses, while in the final year they take specialised options from both areas of study, including an option to complete an extended piece of work on a subject of their choice.

The joint programme enables students to understand the importance of both Sociology and Cultural Studies in the contemporary world, acquire a range of empirical knowledge which they can evaluate and relate to theories in both disciplines, and understand and use their concepts, approaches and methods. Students will learn to analyse social and cultural events, ideas, technologies, institutions and practices critically and to understand the contested nature of culture, including the diverse historical implications of that term. Relevant research techniques as well as transferable practical and intellectual skills are emphasised in both disciplines.

Course learning outcomes

explain major sociological 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 sociological 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 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

Understanding of the historical development of media and cultural practices

An awareness of critical theories and research about media and culture

Understanding cultural production, consumption and representation, and of cultural contexts (regional, national, global)

Appreciation of the complexity of the term 'culture' and an understanding of how it has developed

demonstrate an understanding of how factors such as class, gender, ethnicity, nationality, disability and sexuality affect media representations and cultural practices

Ability to work in flexible, creative and independent ways, showing self-discipline, self-direction and reflexivity

Work to a given length, format, brief and deadline, properly referencing sources and ideas and making use, as appropriate, of a problem-solving approach

Demonstration of skills in research, project design, presentation, teamwork, independent work, and time and information management

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreA Sociology of 21st Century Britain (L4070)154
  CorePractising Cultural Studies (V3047)304
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology I (L3068)154
 Spring SemesterCoreCulture Across Space and Time (V3049)154
  CoreCulture and the Everyday (V3003)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
  CoreTheory Taste and Trash A (V3051)305
  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
  Culture, Race and Ethnicity (V3026)155
  Culture and Representation (L6075)155
  Education and Inequality (L3115B)155
  Gender, Space and Culture (V3053)155
  Power, Deviance and Othering (L4018B)155
  Resistance Movements in Conflict & War (L4106B)155
  Sociology of Childhood (Spr) (L4082B)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionAsian Popular Cinema (P5051)306
  Celebrity, Media and Culture (P5014)306
  Cities, Capital, Culture (P5039)306
  Consuming Passions (V3036)306
  Death of Socialism? (L2137)306
  Landscape, Nature and Representation (F8085DCS)306
  Migration, Identity, and Home (L4108A)306
  Postcolonial Europe? (L3118A)306
  Public Relations (P5038)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
  Cultures of Colonialism (F8030DCS2)306
  Development, Human Rights and Security (Spr) (L4092B)306
  Digital Industries and Internet Cultures (P4102)306
  Everyday Life and Technology (P3020)306
  Identity & Interaction (L4061B)306
  Media, Publics and Protest (P4016)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
  Urban Multiculture: postcolonialism, performance, sound and the city (P4101)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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Margaretta Jolly
Professor of Cultural Studies
T: +44 (0)1273 873585

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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