Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) History and Sociology

Entry for 2017

FHEQ level

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

Course Aims

Students combining their history degree with sociology will enhance their understanding of past societies with their knowledge of sociological theory and data; while their understanding of contemporary societies will be deepened by seeing these in the light of change over time. In the cases of both history and sociology, the relationship between empirical knowledge and theoretical understanding is a major concern. During the first two years of this degree, students combine the core contemporary history and sociology courses. In Year 3, they specialise within both subjects, taking the history courses in the core courses list, and either two sociology options or a sociology research project on a topic of their own choice.

The courses taken in History are designed to achieve the following aims:
To develop knowledge and understanding of the human past
To foster awareness and understanding of historical processes which have a direct or indirect bearing on the present
To encourage respect for historical context and evidence
To reflect critically on differing interpretations of the medium and distant past
To impart particular skills and qualities of mind relevant to the discipline of history
To satisfy key criteria of historical knowledge and method, including an awareness of span and change over time across geographical range
Engage with primary as well as secondary sources
Reflect on the theoretical underpinnings of the historical discipline
Foster an appreciation of the diversity of historical specialisms (including social, economic, cultural, political, intellectual, gender, oral, and environmental history)
Satisfy progression requirements by conducting i) survey history, ii) particular historical topics or short periods, iii) comparative and thematic history, iv) historiography, v) documentary-based special subjects.

The overall aim of the Sociology courses is to enable students to understand the contemporary world - with a range of empirical knowledge which they can evaluate and relate to theories and an understanding of how they can use sociological concepts, approaches and methods in carrying out both academic and field research. Students will learn to analyse social events, ideas, institutions and practices critically. 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

have developed an awareness of continuity and change over an extended time span (Time Depth)

have developed the historians skills and qualities of mind

have understood historical process over an extended period

have a broad and comparative understanding of the history of more than one society, culture or state (Geographical Range)

have undertaken close work on primary source material and carry out intensive critical work on such source material (Contemporary Sources)

reflect critically on the nature of the discipline, its social rationale, its theoretical underpinnings and its intellectual standing (Critical Awareness)

critically engage with a variety of approaches to history and critically engage with the concepts and methodologies of other disciplines where appropriate (Diversity of Spacialisms)

formulate, execute, and complete an extended piece of writing under appropriate supervision (Extended Writing)

have acquired a range of core and personal attributes, cognitive, research, practical, and transferable skills (HAHP Core Transferable Skills)

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreA Sociology of 21st Century Britain (L4070)154
  CoreThe Early Modern World (V1227)304
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology I (L3068)154
 Spring SemesterCoreMaking the Familiar Strange (L4072)154
  CoreThe Making of the Modern World (V1228)304
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology II (L3069)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreDoing Social Research: working with quantitative data (L3078)155
  CoreIdeas of History (V1375)155
  OptionBeyond the Vote: Citizenship and Participation in Sociology (L4069A)155
  Health across the Lifecourse (L3116A)155
  History Short Period: America in the 20th Century (V1408)155
  History Short Period: Britain in the 20th Century (V1321)155
  History Short Period: England in the 16th Century (V1454)155
  History Short Period: Europe in the 20th Century (V1319)155
  History Short Period: The Middle East and North Africa since 1908 (V4122)155
  Migration and Integration (Aut) (L4081A)155
  Race: Conflict and Change (L3074A)155
  Sociology of Everyday Life (L4040A)155
  The African American Experience (V3029)155
 Spring SemesterCoreDoing Social Research: working with qualitative data (L3079)155
  CoreGlobal History 1500-2000: Trade, Science, Environment and Empire (V1376)155
  OptionClassical Sociological Theory (L4053B)155
  Education and Inequality (L3115B)155
  Power, Deviance and Othering (L4018B)155
  Resistance Movements in Conflict & War (L4106B)155
  Sociology of Childhood (Spr) (L4082B)155
  Time and Place 1851: Science, Empire and Exhibitionism (V1373)155
  Time and Place 2008: The Spectacle of the Beijing Olympics (V1429)155
  Time and Place: 1796: Lithography and the Mass Produced Image (V1448)155
  Time and Place: 1831: Slave Revolts (V1377)155
  Time and Place: 1861: The Coming of the American Civil War (V1425)155
  Time and Place: 1938: Kristallnacht (V1330)155
  Time and Place: 1948: The Founding of Israel (V1449)155
  Time and Place: 1953: Monarchs and Murders (V1446)155
  Time and Place: 1968: Rivers of Blood (V1404)155
  Time and Place: 1981: The Iran Hostage Crisis (V1464)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterOptionDeath of Socialism? (L2137)306
   Migration, Identity, and Home (L4108A)306
   Postcolonial Europe? (L3118A)306
   Sexualities / Intersections (L4062A)306
   Sociology of Fun (Aut) (L4093A)306
   Sociology Research Proposal (L4056)306
   Special Subject: Britain and the Second World War Part 1 (V1346A)156
   Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought Part 1 (V1434A)156
   Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain Part 1 (V1348A)156
   Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 Part 1 (V1353A)156
   Special Subject: Global Darwinisms Part 1 (V1471A)156
   Special Subject: Gone with the Wind? The Civil War in American Memory Part 1 (V1400A)156
   Special Subject: Modernism Part 1 (V1352A)156
   Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change Part 1 (V1424A)156
   Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present Part 1 (V1460A)156
   Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement Part 1 (V1378A)156
   Special Subject: Witches and Witch-Hunts Part 1 (V1473A)156
   Transcendence, Devotion and Desire (L3119A)306
 Spring SemesterOptionAlternative Societies (Spr) (L4090B)306
  Development, Human Rights and Security (Spr) (L4092B)306
  Identity & Interaction (L4061B)306
  Medicine and the Body (L3117)306
  Sociology of Humans and Other Animals (Spr) (L4094B)306
  Sociology Project (L3031)306
  Special Subject: Britain and the Second World War Part 2 (V1346B)156
  Special Subject: Demagogues and Dictators in the History of Political Thought Part 2 (V1434B)156
  Special Subject: Domesticity and its Discontents: Women in Post-War Britain Part 2 (V1348B)156
  Special Subject: End of Empire: Nationalism, Decolonisation and the British Raj in India 1937-1950 Part 2 (V1353B)156
  Special Subject: Global Darwinisms Part 2 (V1471B)156
  Special Subject: Gone with the Wind? The Civil War in American Memory Part 2 (V1400B)156
  Special Subject: Modernism Part 2 (V1352B)156
  Special Subject: Palestine in Transition, 1900-1948: Everyday Life in Times of Change Part 2 (V1424B)156
  Special Subject: Post-Rave Britain, 1988 - present Part 2 (V1460B)156
  Special Subject: The Civil Rights Movement Part 2 (V1378B)156
  Special Subject: Witches and Witch-Hunts Part 2 (V1473B)156
  Surveillance and Society (L4109B)306
  The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment (Spr) (L4091B)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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Sharon Webb
Lecturer in Digital Humanities - Digital History/Archives
T: +44 (0)1273 876744

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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