Joint-honours information for 2017 entry

(BA) Philosophy 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 aims of the Philosophy course are to:
1. Bring the student to a critical understanding of the ideas and arguments of some of the major philosophers in the history of the subject, encountered in their own writings, both as living argument and as a challenge to contemporary modes of thinking.
2. Familiarise the student with some central theories and arguments in the fields of Metaphysics, Epistemology, or Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy, or Social and Political Philosophy broadly understood.
3. Enable the student to critically engage in major issues currently at the frontiers of philosophical debate and research.
4. Enable the student to identify and produce valid arguments, and to show knowledge of classic argumentative forms and methods of reasoning.

The aims of the Sociology course:
The overall aim is to produce competent sociologists - with a range of empirical knowledge which they can evaluate and relate to theories, and with a grasp of how to carry out library and field research - and who have also gained transferable practical and intellectual skills. In addition, they will have taken other modules, chosen from a range which will in different ways complement and extend their social-scientific knowledge.ledge.

Course learning outcomes

Familiarity with the range of philosophical problems together with a sense of how variously they have been interpreted and treated throughout the history of philosophy.

Familiarity with and understanding of classical argumentative forms and methods of reasoning.

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal ideas of at least one and up to three major philosophers through the study of original texts, albeit in translation in most cases.

Detailed knowledge and understanding of the principal theories in at least one and up to three fundamental fields of philosophy.

An appreciation of the nature and range of philosophical debate and of philosophy as itself a philosophical problem.

Philosophical skills including detecting fallacies in arguments; articulacy in identifying underlying issues in debate; precision of thought and expression in analyzing complex problems; sensitivity in interpretation of texts; the ability to use philosophical terminology; ability to abstract and analyze arguments.

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

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

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
  CoreParadox and Argument (V7079)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology I (L3068)154
  OptionExistentialism (V7084)154
  Science and Reason (V7080)154
  Truth and Morality: The Meaning of Life (V7087)154
 Spring SemesterCoreEarly Modern Philosophy (V7071)154
  CoreMaking the Familiar Strange (L4072)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology II (L3069)154
  OptionLogic and Meaning (V7081)154
  Reading Philosophy (V7063)154
  Society, State and Humanity (V7064)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreDoing Social Research: working with quantitative data (L3078)155
  CoreKant (V7059)155
  OptionAncient Philosophy (V5015)155
  Beyond the Vote: Citizenship and Participation in Sociology (L4069A)155
  Epistemology (V7061)155
  Feminist Philosophy (V7085)155
  Health across the Lifecourse (L3116A)155
  Migration and Integration (Aut) (L4081A)155
  Philosophy of Mind (V7078)155
  Race: Conflict and Change (L3074A)155
  Sociology of Everyday Life (L4040A)155
 Spring SemesterCoreDoing Social Research: working with qualitative data (L3079)155
  OptionAesthetics (V5019)155
  Classical Sociological Theory (L4053B)155
  Education and Inequality (L3115B)155
  Phenomenology (V5004)155
  Philosophy of Language (V5021)155
  Philosophy of Religion (V7069)155
  Philosophy of Science (V7076)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
   Ethics (V7077)306
   Islamic Philosophy (V7089)306
   Metaphysics (V7086)306
   Migration, Identity, and Home (L4108A)306
   Modern European Philosophy (V7066)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
  Development, Human Rights and Security (Spr) (L4092B)306
  Figures in Analytic Philosophy (V7072)306
  Figures in Post-Kantian Philosophy (V7074)306
  Figures in Social and Political Philosophy (V7075)306
  Identity & Interaction (L4061B)306
  Language, Truth and Literature (Q3020)306
  Medicine and the Body (L3117)306
  Philosophy of Language (V5021)155
  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

Photo of Anthony Booth

Anthony Booth
Reader in Philosophy
T: +44 (0)1273 877221

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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