Sociology with a Language BA

Sociology

Key information

Duration:
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
ABB-BBB
UCAS code:
L3RY
Start date:
September 2017

If you want to develop your sociology knowledge and learn a language, this is the course for you.

Studying Sociology helps you to think critically about the social worlds we live in. At Sussex, you’re taught by expert researchers on such diverse topics as gender inequalities, identity, health care and globalisation.

Designing and carrying out your own research projects means that you develop practical and analytical skills of research methodology.

Choose one language from Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish.

I’ve received an unprecedented level of support from staff, who create a course that is both challenging and rewarding.”Sean Trelawny
Sociology BA 

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

ABB-BBB

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above, including 24 at Distinction.

Additional requirements

The Access to HE Diploma should be in the humanities or social sciences.

Advanced Diploma

Typical offer

Pass with grade B in the Diploma and at least A in the Additional and Specialist Learning.

Additional requirements

The Additional and Specialist Learning must be an A level (ideally in a humanities or social science subject).

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

Typical offer

DDM

Additional requirements

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma would normally be in Health & Social Care, IT or Public Services.

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

32 points overall

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

BBBBB

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma

Typical offer

Obtain grade B and BB in two A-levels

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

32 points overall

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 75%

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually don’t accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses.

However, we do accept one of the following qualifications for our International Foundation Years:  

  • Senior High 2 at an average grade of 75% with a minimum of five academic subjects including key subjects
  • Senior High 3 at an average of 70% or above in a minimum of four academic subjects including key subjects.

If you successfully complete the International Foundation Year you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. 

Check which qualifications we accept for the International Foundation Year.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 5.5.

France

Typical offer

Overall final result of at least 12.5/20

Germany

Typical offer

Overall result of 2.2 or better

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

BBBBBB

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Final Diploma mark of at least 78/100

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Overall average result of at least 7.5

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language. 

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

 

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% or Grade 3

 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

InterviewNo
Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • Sociology at Sussex was ranked joint 1st for employment prospects in the UK (The Guardian University Guide 2018).
  • Be inspired by researchers specialising in health, medicine and science, gender and inequality, identity and everyday life, migration, social theory and political sociology, and crime and transgression.
  • Immerse yourself in a different culture while perfecting your language skills as we help you understand social and cultural aspects of the countries where your chosen language is spoken.

Course information

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying Sociology. You’re introduced to key themes and perspectives as well as sociological work examining contemporary life in Britain and beyond. This includes looking at social diversity, class and gender inequalities.

You spend 25% of your time studying your chosen language. Depending on your starting level, you:

  • learn basic script/s and writing system/s
  • develop language for general and common purposes
  • work on your language skills for professional purposes.

Modules

Core modules

Options

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying Sociology. You learn to frame sociological questions and apply social research methods to find answers. You explore arguments and evidence in relation to different aspects of life, including:

  • deviance and sociological theory
  • childhood and everyday life
  • political institutions and action.

You spend 25% of your time studying your chosen language. You:

  • consolidate language for general purposes
  • study media and broadcasts
  • prepare your graduate employment profile and carry out a workplace simulation activity.

Modules

Core modules

Options

Study abroad (optional)

Apply to study abroad – you’ll develop an international perspective and gain an edge when it comes to your career. Find out where your course could take you.

Placement (optional)

A placement is a great way to network and gain practical skills. When you leave Sussex, you’ll benefit from having the experience employers are looking for. Find out more about placements and internships.

Please note

If you’re receiving – or applying for – USA federal Direct Loan funds, you can’t transfer to the version of this program with an optional study abroad period in any country or optional placement in the USA. Find out more about American Student Loans and Federal Student Aid

How will I study?

You spend 75% of your time studying Sociology. You specialise, gaining an understanding of social change in relation to topics such as:

  • alternative societies, identity and interaction
  • contemporary sociological theory
  • the body in society.

You also choose a topic for your research project.

You spend 25% of your time studying your chosen language. You focus on use of language for professional purposes, and are introduced to the vocational skills of translation and interpreting. You also develop and deepen your knowledge of cultural themes in art, literature and film through the study of special subjects.

Modules

Core modules

Options

“It was sociology that offered, for me, the best tools to explore ordinary people’s lives and experiences.” Dr Laura MorosanuLecturer in Sociology

Fees

UK/EU students:
£9,250 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£9,250 per year
International students:
£15,100 per year
Study abroad:
Find out about grants and funding, tuition fees and insurance costs for studying abroad
Placement:
Find out about tuition fees for placements

Note that your fees may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Our focus is personal development and social mobility. To help you meet your ambitions to study at Sussex, we deliver one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university.

Careers

Graduate destinations

96% of students from the Department of Sociology were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have started jobs as:

  • account assistant, Freuds
  • native English tutor, Chatteris Educational Foundation
  • intern, NFCC International.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

Get the training and knowledge for graduate careers in fields such as welfare, social services, education and teaching, and media and publishing.

You’ll gain writing, speaking and reading skills in your target language. You also gain experience of critical thinking and data analysis, meaning you can also go into research and policy-related roles in the UK or abroad.

And to help you apply for graduate schemes and jobs in the public, private, and voluntary sectors, you can attend specialist career workshops and sessions.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

A Sociology of 21st Century Britain

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module will use contemporary Britain as an empirical base for exploring wider sociological perspectives. As an introductory degree level sociology module the emphasis is on developing a sociological sensibility to the social world. The questions that will be posed throughout the module are how are sociological explanations derived? how do different people come to different conclusions about similar social phenomena? what is distinct about sociological explanations - as opposed to those from other disciplines?

The relationship between empiricism and theory will be explored using examples from recent sociological research. The topics chosen broadly reflect established key themes in sociology however the exemplar material will be drawn from studies no older than five years. We shall be looking at how sociologists have interrogated a range of issues in 21st century Britain including work and employment, family, sport, intimacy, life online, nationalism, death and wealth. 

The first engagement with degree level sociology should be exciting and the module is designed to demonstrate the capacity of sociology to explore the social world in interesting, challenging and critical ways.

Critical Reading and Writing for Sociologists

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed to give you a chance to practice and reflect on approaches to reading and writing that will give you an excellent foundation for the rest of your sociology degree. You will read a selection of contemporary sociological work, published in books, engaging in critical discussion with your peers. You will then draft a short review of one book, commenting on the conclusions drawn in relation to the methodology and data presented. You will be given detailed feedback on both the writing style and academic content of at least one draft on this review before making the final submission.

Themes and Perspectives in Sociology I

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

Modern sociology developed in the 19th century in tandem with the rise of industrial capitalist society. It had a number of key concerns that reflected the structure of – and changes in – society at the time. These concerns have continued to preoccupy sociologists in the context of contemporary societies, which have redefined key categories and experiences.

This module looks at such themes and at sociological perspectives on them as they have developed in both classical and contemporary forms of the discipline.

Gendering the Life Course

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

The module aims to develop sociological thinking about inequalities, especially those relating to gender, as they emerge across the life course. Through engaging with key moments in the life course (including birth and the ascription of gender identity; childhood and education; sexual reproduction, parenting and families; paid and unpaid work; illness and health; old age) the module will build on your own experiences and observations to encourage the growth of a sociological imagination. Throughout the module, key theoretical frameworks will be explored as well as a series of concrete cases and problems in which researchers applying such theories to issues around gender difference in relation to key issues in social policy, health, education and psychology. By the end of the module you should have gained an understanding of gender and the concept of inequality and be able to provide critical accounts of the links between gendered social relations, cultural settings and individual behaviour and experiences.

Making the Familiar Strange

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

Your studies in this module are based on the question - how do sociologists do sociology?

In this module, you are introduced to epistemological and methodological issues in sociology.

From your engagement with epistemology, methodological questions arise. You address these questions, largely demonstrated through examples.

As part of the module, you explore particular epistemological approaches and reflect on worked examples of these.

You do this by counterpoising classic sociological studies with contemporary examples - critically examining the similarities and differences in epistemological and methodological approaches.

The examples you look at in this module open up space for discussion about appropriate ways of understanding social phenomena with particular ontological and epistemological frames.

Themes and Perspectives in Sociology II

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

Modern sociology developed in the 19th century in tandem with the rise of industrial capitalist society. It had a number of key concerns that reflected the structure of – and changes in – society at the time. These concerns have continued to preoccupy sociologists in the context of contemporary societies, which have redefined key categories and experiences.

This module looks at such themes and at sociological perspectives on them as they have developed in both classical and contemporary forms of the discipline.

Arabic Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module acts as an introduction to the foreign language for those with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across various topics to practise understanding and communication in the TL using the four skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through contextualised activities, texts and audio, audio-visual and digital media.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

British Sign Language and Deaf Culture 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This first-stage module of the 60-credit pathway offers an introduction to British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Culture for students with little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL). We aim to introduce the basic visual/manual form of BSL and to allow you to discover:

  • how to use hands and eyes to form and understand basic signs and sentences, in basic situations
  • what is a sign, and what is not a sign
  • commonly used phrases, questions and imperatives used in conversation, across a range of basic topics (e.g. weather, holidays, shopping)
  • the cultural rules for interaction with Deaf people
  • an introduction to a selection of perspectives on BSL as a language.

Classes will consist of a variety of activities and include regular practice in pronunciation (production of signs) and listening (understanding signs), simulations, practical exercises and conversation etc. They are based around themes, grammatical structures and language skills, to encourage autonomous use of the TL. Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, individually and in groups, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at A1-A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. Equivalent Signature Level 101; 102.

Chinese Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is for:

  • beginners with no previous knowledge
  • false beginners with prior experience of the language at an elementary level, including those who have up to grade C at GCSE

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French For Professional Purposes 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have a good A-level pass, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting etc., based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Intermediate A Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

German Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Italian Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Japanese Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This acts as an introduction if you have little or no prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Ab initio A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is for:

  • beginners with no previous knowledge
  • false beginners with prior experience of the language at an elementary level, including those who have up to grade C at GCSE.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and provides a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • introduces the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is equivalent to level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have a good A-level pass, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting etc., based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials.
Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Intermediate A Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for:

  • lower-intermediate learners who have a recent grade A/B at GCSE, or a D/E pass at AS-Level, or equivalent
  • intermediate learners who have a good AS grade, or perhaps a low D/E pass at A-Level, or equivalent

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in Spanish, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of the structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of Spanish, to allow progression
  • present the background culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audiovisual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Arabic Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will already have a basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A1 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, this module aims to:

  • enable you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provide opportunities across a variety of general topics for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduce fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continue to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • present the background culture of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and text, audio and audio-visual materials.

Successful completion of the module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the CEFR for Languages.

British Sign Language and Deaf Culture 2

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This second-stage module of the 60-credit pathway in British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Culture will develop your range and conversational technique in BSL in everyday contexts. It will also expand your knowledge and awareness of Deaf culture. The module aims to enable you to:

  • hold a conversation
  • gain a clear understanding on how to sign grammatically correct sentences
  • create his/her own everyday sentences about everyday topics (e.g. food/cooking, hobbies, travel) in a range of everyday settings
  • study the world of Deaf people in the UK and abroad
  • develop study skills to access academic resources relating to Deaf people and deaf issues
  • begin to explore Deaf culture topics which relate to the your discipline.

Classes will consist of a variety of activities, include regular practice in pronunciation (production of signs) and listening (understanding signs), simulations, practical exercises and conversations etc. They are based around themes, grammatical structures and language skills to encourage autonomous use of the TL.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, individually and in groups, making use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at A2-A2+ on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Chinese Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have completed the ab-initio A module.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French For Professional Purposes 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed French for Professional Purposes 1A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency, the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in French with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in French, using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in French to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio,visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing), and to encourage autonomous use of French. These will include presentations and discussion, text-handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Francophone countries, society, and communities, through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic or text of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Intermediate B Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in French, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in French, using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of French, to allow continued progression
  • present the background culture and society of French and the Francophone world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audiovisual, and digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

German Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Italian Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Japanese Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL).

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference for languages.

Spanish Ab initio B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

You will have completed the ab-initio A module.

This module:

  • enables you to understand basic information and communicate effectively in the TL in everyday situations, at a simple level
  • provides opportunities across general topics for practising the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a basic level
  • introduces fundamental elements of the TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, and continues to provide a solid foundation for progression in the TL
  • presents the background culture of the TL through various activities and text, audio, audio-visual and digital material.

This module is at least equivalent to level A2 (basic user) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 1A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in Spanish with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, including common professional themes, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex the structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in Spanish to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, professional, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audiovisual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and to encourage autonomous use of Spanish. These will include presentations and discussion, text-handling and writing activities such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic or text of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Intermediate B Year 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in Spanish, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of the structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of Spanish, to allow continued progression
  • present the background culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Doing Social Research: working with quantitative data

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

The aim of this module is to introduce students to different ways of designing and doing social research. In this part we focus on basic features of quantitative survey research, both analysing other people's research (using secondary data) and creating your own. In Part II we focus on different methods of qualitative data collection and analysis. The aim of the module is to give you important skills for life as well as the labour market, and more prosaically to prepare you to carry out project work in the third year. In both halves of this module you build up activities week by week to carry out a kind of 'pilot' or 'mini-project' on a topic of your choice. This is more closely supported than in year 3: you will discuss ideas for the project in your workshops; you will be helped to apply for ethical review; you will have formative feedback on your proposals and your research instruments (in this case surveys) and lots of help in workshops to bring it all together.

Doing Social Research: working with qualitative data

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

You will be introduced to thinking about how to conduct sociological research using different methods. In this part you will focus on qualitative approaches. You will be introduced to debates in the social sciences related to research design, epistemology and studying sensitive and ethical issues, and will get practical experience in key methods for gathering and analysing qualitative data including interviewing, participant observation and textual analysis. Assessment will include a mini- or 'pilot' project carried out using one method.

Arabic Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Beyond the Vote: Citizenship and Participation in Sociology

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Citizenship and participation is a module looking at the sociology of political involvement beyond the vote. It introduces different forms and sites of citizenship in the contemporary state - in relation to welfare, health, work, consumption, family life and the city or urban community - and also considers different expressions of social or civic activism, from volunteering to violent protest. The use and limitations of direct democratic experiments is examined, through analysis of various types of deliberative forum and citizen polling, and we consider the appeal of notions of 'responsibility' and 'choice'. You will learn through examining specific cases each week.

British Sign Language and Deaf Culture 3

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This third-stage module of the 60-credit pathway in British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Culture will continue to develop the student's range and conversational technique in BSL in familiar and everyday contexts, and to broaden the student's knowledge and awareness of Deaf culture. Additionally, the module offers the student the opportunity to discuss in BSL a specific chosen topic of interest relating to BSL and/or Deaf culture.

The module aims to enable the student to:

  • start and hold a conversation 
  • demonstrate confident use of sign language grammar at a basic level and explore more complex structures 
  • develop study skills to observe, record and evaluate their own use/understanding of BSL, using video technology
  • work in groups to explore new topics and develop conversations in discursive topics (e.g. types of education, examples of Deaf culture, media, where Deaf spaces form)
  • develop an understanding of Deaf lives and how Deaf cultural identity is encouraged and discouraged across times and places.

Classes will consist of a variety of activities, include regular practice in pronunciation (production of signs) and listening (understanding signs), simulations, practical exercises and conversation etc., based around themes, grammatical structures and language skills, to encourage autonomous use of the TL.

Chinese Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand basic information and to communicate effectively in the TL, in everyday situations at an elementary level
  • provide opportunities across a variety of general topics for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an elementary level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Classical Sociological Theory

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

The aim of this module is to provide a reasonably comprehensive introduction to classical sociological theories and theorists and issues arising from their work. We will cover classical sociological theory from its origins in the Enlightenment period to the post World War II period. The module is concerned with these broad movements of thought with a focus on specific theorists and a close reading of extracts from classic texts. You will acquire an in-depth knowledge of the work of major classical sociological theorists.

French Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for students who have completed both intermediate A and B modules.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 1B.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, etc. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for:

  • lower intermediate learners who have a recent grade A/B at GCSE, or a D/E pass at AS level, or equivalent
  • intermediate learners who have a good AS grade, or perhaps a low D/E pass at A level, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

German Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Italian Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Japanese Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This stage 3 module is for students with some basic knowledge and experience of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2 (Basic User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Migration and Integration (Aut)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you examine key questions and theoretical approaches related to the process of migration, the integration of migrants and their children in their societies of settlement, and their ongoing connections to the home communities.

These aspects are addressed in comparative perspective and illustrated with studies from Western Europe and North America.

Looking at the experience of documented and undocumented migrants, low-skilled and high-skilled workers, intra-European mobility and lifestyle migration, you:

  • develop an appreciation for the increasing variety and complexity of migration and integration patterns.
  • explore discussions of migrants' integration at destination and their 'home'-oriented ties and practices, evaluating the possibility, benefits, and constraints of living in more than one society.

You learn about:

  • the determinants and process of migration, highlighting the role of networks in migration decisions, routes, and destinations.
  • the context of reception by looking at state responses and attempts to control migration, and reactions to newcomers from the local population.
  • patterns of integration of migrants and their children.
  • theoretical models and studies on how migrants settle and fare in their host society, from an economic and socio-cultural perspective.
  • recent, transnationalist, approaches that bring migrants' home society into focus and emphasise the continuity of ties with the place of origin.
  • migrants' cross-border practices, activities and identities
  • how migration transforms home communities.

You also question if integration in the host society and transnational engagement are competing or compatible processes.

Resistance Movements in Conflict & War

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

In this module, you examine the sociology of war by investigating the intersection between violence, politics, social and economic issues, and human rights.

You undertake a sociological and criminological exploration of various groups throughout history who have 'broken the law' in order to achieve some type of positive social change.

You explore a range of interesting academic theories and concepts, including social movement theory, resistance theory, and other related issues around collective behaviour, rational choice theory, and framing, for example.

You put these theories into context by studying various groups who achieved what is now generally deemed to be positive social change throughout history. These may include various resistance movements against the Third Reich during World War II, and Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress, for example.

You also examine changing political and social values, ideologies and goals of resistance movements, where support and condemnation have been attached to
the same group over a relatively short period of time, including the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Sociology of Everyday Life

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

The aim of this module is to encourage you to think sociologically about everyday life, by 'making the familiar strange'. You are asked to suspend any taken for granted assumptions you have about the rules and routines of social life, and instead to question these patterns of behaviour from the perspective of an external observer.

The module will introduce you to some of the key theories of interpretivist social theory, such as ethnomethodology and symbolic interactionism, and encourage you to look for the unspoken rules and norms of behaviour that govern social life in different contexts. Thus the substantive topics to be covered include the home and domestic routines, interaction on the street, shopping and consumption, eating and drinking rituals, time and schedules, shyness and embarrassment, holidays and leisure, and the sociology of sleep. There will be a session about (and where possible, a visit to) the Mass Observation archive, which you will be encouraged to use as a source of data. An exercise will be set each week relating to the topics; the collection of these exercises will be submitted as part of the assessment task. You will also be asked to give a non-assessed presentation on a text from one week of the module.

Sociology of Medicine and Health

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

The module begins by considering the relationship between socio-economic inequality and health outcomes industrialiSed countries, especially in Britain. You then examines the role played by the state, and the National Health Service in particular, in the heath of the nation. The position of medical and health professionals is also analysed in order to understand processes of professionalization and medicalization. Attention then turns to medicines themselves, how they are tested for safety and effectiveness by the pharmaceutical industry and how this process in regulated by governments. The implications of pharmaceuticals and drug prescribing for public health will be carefully scrutinised. You will also gain sociological insights into reproductive technologies and some of the health and social implications of the 'new genetics'. Finally, the module discussed lay public and mass media perspectives on medicine.

Spanish Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for studens who have completed both intermediate A and B modules.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 1B.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts;
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level;
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL;
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting etc. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies. This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Intermediate A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for:

  • lower intermediate learners who have a recent grade A/B at GCSE, or a D/E pass at AS level, or equivalent
  • intermediate learners who have a good AS grade, or perhaps a low D/E pass at A level, or equivalent.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level A2-B1 (Basic-Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Arabic Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

British Sign Language and Deaf Culture 4

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This fourth and final stage module of the 60-credit pathway in British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Culture will further develop and consolidate the student's range and conversational technique in BSL to routine contexts, and broaden the student's knowledge and awareness of Deaf culture. Additionally, the module offers the student the opportunity to present and discuss in BSL an agreed topic of interest which relates to the student's main discipline of study. This may take the form of a community engagement project.

The module aims to enable the student to:

  • use BSL in a range of routine settings, and converse on a topic of their interest
  • demonstrate clear use of sign language grammar at an intermediate level and use of some complex structures
  • present and lead a discussion in areas of interest (e.g. descriptions on types of education, how Deaf culture is manifested, role of the media, how Deaf spaces are formed)
  • complete a project on a topic of interest related to their own studies, as agreed with the tutor 
  • develop study skills to create a project report in BSL, supported with references and quotes in English.


Classes will consist of a variety of activities, include regular practice in pronunciation (production of signs) and listening (understanding signs), simulations, practical exercises and conversation etc., based around themes, grammatical structures and language skills, to encourage autonomous use of the TL.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, individually and in groups, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for LanguagesEquivalent Signature Level 202 part B; 203.

Chinese Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

French Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for students who have completed and advanced A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in French, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in French, using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary of French to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of French and the Francophone world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, digital.

Successful completion of the course is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 2A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency, this module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas and detail within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in French with fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in French using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in French to allow consistent accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and to promote autonomous use of French. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text-handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Francophone countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

French Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text; audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

German Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Italian Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text; audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Japanese Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This stage 4 intermediate module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some independence in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level A2-B1 (Basic/Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand key information and to communicate effectively in the TL, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations, at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of TL language structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation, to allow continued progression in the TL
  • present the background culture and society of the TL through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Power, Deviance and Othering

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

The module falls into two parts. In the first part, the concepts of crime, deviance and social control will be considered alongside the exploration of the sociological explanations for the existence of crime and deviance in society. The module will also critically examine the data sources used to support these perspectives. In the second part of the module, these perspectives will be applied to the study of substantive areas of deviance comprising institutions of social control (the police, the courts and prisons); the distribution of crime and the use of official statistics; the mass media; juvenile delinquency; mental illness; and sexuality.

Race: Conflict and Change

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module will examine and explore the issues of race, racism, racial conflict and race relations in contemporary Britain (Please note: although we will mainly refer to Britain, examples from other countries in Europe and the West will be frequently used). Beginning with colonial discourses of the racial 'other', the post-1945 period following the start of mass colonial immigration to Britain, through to the present day you will examine the various historical, social, political, economic and cultural forces and processes through which the concept of race and the racialised subject have been constructed, shaped and changed over time.

The module is taught through lectures and seminars, each focusing on a particular historical, social, political, cultural or theoretical topic, issue and problem related to race in Britain. These range from: the construction and status of race through various discourses and contexts of colonialism, immigration and multiculturalism, issues of identity, representation, power, equality and difference, the relationship between race and other social-political identifications, categories and divisions such as nationality, class, gender, ethnicity and religion, the relationship between race and the law, crime and civil unrest, the history of racial conflict and the development of anti-racist activism, policies and legislation, forms of cultural politics, expression and resistance and, finally, current issues and debates concerning the status of race in Britain.

Resistance Movements in Conflict & War

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

The module will examine the sociology of war by investigating the intersection between violence, politics, social and economic issues, and human rights. It will be a sociological and criminological exploration of various groups throughout history who have 'broken the law' in order to achieve some type of positive social change.

The module will explore a range of interesting academic theories and concepts, including social movement theory, resistance theory, and other related issues around collective behaviour, rational choice theory, and framing, for example.

These theories will be put into context by studying various groups who achieved what is now generally deemed to be positive social change throughout history, including various resistance movements against the Third Reich during the second world war, and Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress.

The module will also examine changing political and social values, ideologies and goals of resistance movements, where support and condemnation have been attached to the same group over a relatively short period of time, including the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Sociology of Globalisation (Spr)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module looks at the social, cultural, political and economic aspects of globalisation. The module will examine the meaning and definition of globalisation and its history since premodern times to the present day. It will assess perspectives on globalisation from globalist to sceptical and at the critical theories of sociologists such as Bauman and Bourdieu. It will examine the growth of global media corporations and discuss whether these impose western cultural imperialism or if global culture is more heterogenous and hybrid because of globalisation. We will look at causes and patterns of migration and whether migration has the negative effects it is often portrayed as producing. The module will examine the experience of globalisation in global cities. We will assess whether the world economy has been globalised and globalisation is a solution to global inequality and poverty. The module will examine whether globalisation has eroded national democracy and autonomy and whether it leads to neoliberal policies being imposed on nation-states. We will discuss global social movements and global protest. We will assess the balance of global power between states such as the USA and China and at the future of war and conflict globally.

Spanish Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for students who have completed and advanced A module.

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in Spanish with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of the complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in Spanish to allow further accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audiovisual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is designed for advanced learners who have completed Advanced for Professional Purposes 2A.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in Spanish with fluency, confidence and spontaneity in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary in Spanish to allow consistent accuracy and control in use
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audiovisual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (speaking, learning, reading and writing) and to encourage autonomous use of Spanish. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text-handling and analysis, writing activities such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of Spanish-speaking countries, society, and communities through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audiovisual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Spanish Intermediate B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module is desigend for intermediate learners who have completed an intermediate A module

The module aims to:

  • enable you to understand key information and to communicate effectively in Spanish, sometimes spontaneously, in less routine situations at a standard level 
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in Spanish using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a standard level 
  • consolidate and develop the range of key elements of the structures, vocabulary, syntax and pronunciation of Spanish, to allow continued progression
  • present the background culture and society of the Spanish-speaking world through a variety of contextualised activities and materials in a range of media, eg text, audio, audiovisual, and digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Sociology Research Proposal

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

The aim of this module is to give you direct experience of carrying out a small-scale research project, from the initial stages of design to the final stages of presenting your findings. It is intended to consolidate and build upon the knowledge base gained from the DSR research methods module in the second year, as you will use these skills to research a topic of your choice. You will be assessed on how well you interpret and apply the relevant methodological issues to your research design, manage the practical side of the project, and reflect on the effectiveness of your chosen strategies. You work mainly through independent study, under the guidance of a supervisor. The assessment consists of a research proposal, presentation and 8000-word written report.

Sociology Project

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The aim of this module is to give you direct experience of carrying out a small scale research project, from the initial stages of design to the final stages of presenting your findings. It is intended to consolidate and build upon the knowledge base gained from the DSR research methods module in the second year, as you will use these skills to research a topic of your choice. You will be assessed on how well you interpret and apply the relevant methodological issues to your research design, manage the practical side of the project, and reflect on the effectiveness of your chosen strategies. You work mainly through independent study, under the guidance of a supervisor. The assessment consists of a research proposal, presentation and 8,000 word written report.

Alternative Societies (Aut)

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Socologists often analyse and criticise the world, and this module examines the alternative societies implied by sociological assessments and criticisms. We will look at alternative societies such as:

  • communist and other kinds of non-capitalist and non-market societies
  • libertarian and decentralised societies
  • communes and alternative types of living.

The module will cover areas such as alternative education, alternative economies and co-ops, participatory types of political organisation, non-patriarchal society, non-racist society, alternative societies for developing countries, green and sustainable societies, societies without work, society without borders, media, technology and alternative societies, and the politics of transition to alternatives. We will look at the role of sociology as critical, utopian and normative.

Arabic Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL).

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

British Sign Language and Deaf Culture 5

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module is a post-beginner stage for students with basic prior knowledge of the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at A2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to provide the opportunity for students to:

  • develop practical applied competence in the four TL skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing
  • consolidate and develop a range of standard lexical, phonetic, and grammatical principles to allow rapid progression in the TL
  • encourage autonomous use of the TL
  • develop contextualised cultural knowledge and awareness through study of authentic TL materials in a range of media (e.g. text-based, digital and audio-visual).

This module is at B1 – B2 on the CEFR for Languages.

Chinese Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Death of Socialism

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module looks at the contemporary condition of socialism following the collapse of state socialism in Central and Eastern Europe and elsewhere, the erosion of the central principles of Western social democracy and the prevalence of free market and capitalist ideas at the start of the century. Is socialism a relevant, feasible or desirable idea in contemporary society? Or is it dead, merely a historical relic of the 20th century?

We will start by looking at the two predominant conceptions and experiences of socialism of the twentieth century - ­ Marxist and social democratic socialism. What are the main features of these models of socialism? You will then examine criticisms of socialism from liberals and libertarians ­ such as Hayek and Nozick ­ and from new social movements ­ such as the women's movement and the green movement. What critical points are raised by these perspectives and how telling are they? We will look at reasons for the collapse of state socialism in the late 1980s and at attempts in the West to rethink socialism during an era in which neo­liberalism was a predominant force. Do liberal and new social movements' criticisms and the collapse of state socialism suggest that socialism is dead? Do attempts to redefine socialism (as market socialism or radical democratic socialism) escape the criticisms of liberals and the new social movements and the problems experienced under old social democracy and state socialism? Or do they indicate that the era of socialism has well and truly passed?

In the final two topics we shall address this question a little more. We will examine the attempt of New Labour and current European social democrats to respond to the crisis of social democracy and will ask whether there is anything remaining of socialism in such attempts. And we shall examine theses such as that of Fukuyama: that the day of socialism has passed and that capitalism has won the battle.

French Advanced A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 5 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1 (Independent User) of Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages. Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B1+ (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 7 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

French For Professional Purposes 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Gain the language skills for your professional career.

In this module you:

  • learn specialised vocabulary and complex language structures
  • develop your knowledge of, and analyse, the language's social, political and cultural background, by looking at a range of media
  • effectively communicate in French in both formal and informal contexts
  • take part in translation and interpretation activities including presentations and discussions
  • practise oral and written skills for a variety of professional purposes, including reports, meetings, and speeches.

You will take part in a variety of activities to help develop your practical skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

German Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Identity and Interaction

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module explores microsociological theories of the self, social identity and social interaction, drawing particularly on Symbolic Interactionism and Goffman's dramaturgical theory. The aim is to show how the ostensibly private world of individual selfhood is created and shaped by social processes, culture and interaction order.

The first half of the module examines different approaches to understanding identity: from the philosophy of mind and personhood, through theories of group membership and categorisation; narrative and biographical models of the 'storied self'; performativity; and poststructuralist ideas about identity fragmentation, multiplicity and the discursive constitution of subjectivities.

The second part of the module looks in detail at two related theories of social interaction - Symbolic Interactionism and Goffman's dramaturgy - and their empirical applications, using illustrative examples from published studies. Topics covered here include: role-making, taking, play and conflict; meanings, gestures and symbols; strangers and outsiders; Goffman's theatrical analogy; behaviour in public places (etiquette, civility and interaction rituals); deviant and stigmatised identities; the negotiated order of institutional life; and secrecy, lies, betrayal and deception.

The module will be assessed by a 6,000 word essay, in the form of either a critical commentary on the social formation of one type of social identity or a reflexive portfolio of self-identity.

Italian Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Japanese Advanced A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This stage 5 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B1-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Migration, Identity, and Home

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Sociology of Care: caring and work (Aut)

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

Explore the question of how and why people 'care' for each other and who gets 'cared for' in different social settings.

You study concepts and theories from a range of perspectives including feminist social theory, sociology of nursing, health and illness and disability studies.

You explore experiences of care giving and receiving by family and professionals through a range of empirical cases.

You will also study debates about:

  • the value and cost of care work and emotional labour
  • the commodification of care
  • the implications of new populations in need of care
  • the concept of vulnerability and its intersection with care needs and provision
  • the meaning of care across the life course with particular reference to people with specific disabilities or chronic health conditions.

Sociology of Fun (Aut)

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module introduces you to the idea of a sociology of fun, where fun will be treated as a key component of modern social relations. This is a completely new area of sociological enquiry – you will be involved in social science as it is being developed.

Whilst there is a large literature on well-being, psychological and physical health and leisure – addressed in the module – there is almost no social scientific literature on experiences of fun. Early work on 'fun morality' disappeared by the end of the 1950s, as concerns about the longer term implications of good health, well-being and (more recently) happiness – related to discourses of the productive worker – came to dominate writing on the positive and negative aspects of our socio-emotional lives.

This module addresses a central theme – that the under representation of fun in literature is because of a social representation of it as frivolous and fleeting. Throughout the module this is counterpoised with data illustrating the importance placed on fun by a variety of people in a variety of settings.

Here fun will be presented as something distinct from well-being and happiness due to the temporal impermanence of the phenomenal experience. But fun resonates through the telling and re-telling of the experience of having fun – which in itself stimulates fun.

Spanish Advanced A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 5 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • introduce and develop the range of complex elements of TL language structures, syntax, and vocabulary to allow continued progression in the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1-B1+ (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2A (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 7 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW) and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on your employment profile and/or workplace simulation activities.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

This module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable you to understand and mediate the main ideas and detail within extended discourse, to organise discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts;
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding, communication and mediation in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level;
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised glossaries to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL;
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to consolidate autonomous use of the TL. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on translation and interpretation activities. These will include subject-specific discussions, text handling and analysis through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to practise oral and written mediation skills for a variety of professional purposes and contexts (eg communications, reports, meetings, visits, presentations, speeches). Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level C1 (Proficient User) of the CEFR for languages.

The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment (Aut)

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you look at sociological, criminological, socio-legal and cultural approaches in order to study capital punishment.

You will engage with a 'cultures of punishment' perspective on the death penalty, drawing on capital punishment scholars such as David Garland (2010), Austin Sarat (2001) and Franklin Zimring (2003).

This perspective emphasises the need to understand the symbolic meanings generated by punishment and how these relate to social change.

You also study capital punishment in its historical and contemporary contexts. After establishing this theoretical framework, you study a broadly chronological approach from the nineteenth-century to the present.

You explore the following topics:

  • spectacle and public execution
  • the campaign to end public executions
  • mid twentieth-century abolitionism
  • public views on capital punishment in England
  • American reinstatement of the death penalty
  • cultural portrayals of capital punishment
  • women and the death penalty
  • 'new abolitionism' and the innocence movement in the United States
  • European cosmopolitan identity and the campaign for worldwide abolition
  • current use of the death penalty worldwide with a focus on Singapore, Japan and China.

You mainly focus on European countries and the United States, although the final topic includes a wider international dimension.

Arabic Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

British Sign Language and Deaf Culture 6

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This sixth and final stage module of the 90-credit pathway in British Sign Language (BSL) and Deaf Culture will allow you to improve fluency in conversational technique in BSL, to add specialised vocabulary to your repertoire, and develop your knowledge and awareness of approaches to professional and academic engagement with Deaf people.

The module aims to enable you to:

  • demonstrate with fluency, clear use of sign language grammar and some complex structures, at an upper-intermediate level
  • analyse your own production, using TL linguistic reference tools
  • take opportunities to use BSL in a professional setting
  • explore opportunities to engage with Deaf people on a topic of specific interest
  • develop knowledge of Deaf culture and sign language in specific areas of interest (e.g. discourses in pedagogy and deaf children, development of oralism in 19th century onwards, the evolution of video-telephony technology, implementing human rights in developing countries)
  • translate (e.g. from English to BSL) specific professional and/or academic information in a semi-public arena using commonly available technology (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, vlogs)
  • develop study skills to create an evaluation report in BSL, supported with references and quotes in English.

Classes will consist of a variety of activities, include regular practice in pronunciation (production of signs) and listening (understanding signs), simulations, practical exercises, conversation and discussion, based around themes, grammatical structures, linguistic conventions, and language skills, to encourage autonomous use of the TL.

This module is at B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Chinese Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media, eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Contemporary Social Theory (Spr)

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This module provides a critical assessment of the some of the most prominent sociological theorists in the late 20th century. This period can be described as post-classical in the sense that the various schools of classical sociological theory associated with Marx, Weber, Durkheim and their later followers gave way to a range of new approaches such as those linked to post-structuralism, such as Foucault - as well as to new interpretations of the classical approaches, such as social constructionism, western Marxism and critical theory. The central aim of the module is to show how contemporary thinkers have understood the major transformations in modern society (ie from industrial to post-industrial society, globalisation, new social movements such as feminism, environmental movements, identity politics). This will involve a consideration of some of the most important debates in sociological theory, such as the debates about modernity versus postmodernity, structure versus agency as well as the influence of psychoanalytic social theory emanating from feminist theory and from post-structuralism.

The weekly topics include: social constructionism; Foucault and govementality; Habermas and critical theory; recognition theory (Honneth); marxism after postmodernism; Bourdieu and recent French sociology; poststructuralism and psychoanalysis: Derrida, Lacan, Deleuze; Bauman's postmodern ethics; network theory: Latour and Castells; theories of modernity; cosmopolitanism and social theory; culture and social theory (performativity, Alexander).

Development, Human Rights and Security (Spr)

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

Human rights, development and security are essential to current international social and political concerns and are becoming ever more interlinked. This module sets out to consider from a critical perspective recent intellectual developments in the field with a view to answering contemporary social and political questions through analytically rigorous and empirically grounded approaches. The module is comprised of three core sections: development, human rights and security, each of which cover pressing current affairs informed by classical and contemporary theory. It will take you through the evolution of development theory starting with the classical approaches and ending with intellectual challenges from post-development theory and feminism. It will then move onto an equally critical analysis of the intellectual evolution of human rights and its contemporary application before exploring the topical themes of securitisation, terrorism and transnational Islam in the post-9/11 period.

French Advanced B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 6 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1+ (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills.

Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1+-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

French for Professional Purposes 2B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 8 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas and detail within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to promote autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the CEFR for Languages.

French For Professional Purposes 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module you:

  • study complex factual and/or literary texts
  • learn to structure and present an argument, description, or narrative logically and clearly in French
  • study complex language structures including specialised terms
  • demonstrate in French, knowledge and analysis of a special subject linked to your chosen field of study, for example, writing a case study, report, or research project. Or you can choose to undertake a creative project including fiction writing, documentary or a web profile for professional purposes. 

 

German Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages, the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Italian Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media – eg text, audio, audio-visual, digital.

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for languages.

Japanese Advanced B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This stage 6 advanced module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL). Building on existing levels of proficiency at level B1 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text; audio, audio-visual, digital).

Successful completion of the module is equivalent to level B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Migration, Identity, and Home

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

Europeans have become increasingly mobile in recent years.

In this module, you explore how being part of the European Union affects the lives and identities of ordinary European citizens 'on the move'.

Specifically, you examine intra-European forms of mobility, tracing the experiences of different categories of EU citizens who take advantage of the 'freedom of movement' or aspire to do so, from Erasmus students and holiday makers to professionals, lower-skilled workers, and lifestyle migrants.

Drawing on migration and Europeanisation studies, you look at whether and how cross-border mobility affects Europeans' sense of identity, and engenders forms of belonging beyond the 'national'.

Spanish Advanced B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 6 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with some autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B1+ (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency at level the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with increasing fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a variety of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at an advanced level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow further accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of some aspects of the general social, political and/or cultural background of the language through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW), and to encourage autonomous use of the TL. These will include presentations and discussion, text handling and writing activities, such as summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to focus on a topic of special interest to you.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B1+-B2 (Independent User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Spanish for Professional Purposes 2B (B)

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

This Stage 8 module is for students who have already acquired the capacity to function with autonomy in the target language (TL) at level B2 (Independent User) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for Languages.

Building on existing levels of proficiency the module aims to:

  • enable students to understand the main ideas within extended discourse and to communicate effectively in the TL, with fluency, confidence and spontaneity, in a variety of contexts
  • provide opportunities, across a range of topics, for practice of understanding and communication in the TL using the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing, at a proficient level
  • consolidate and develop the range of complex TL language structures, syntax, and specialised vocabulary to allow consistent accuracy and control in use of the TL
  • facilitate the analysis of important aspects of the general social and cultural background of the language in a professional context, through a variety of contextualised activities and materials, in a range of media (e.g. text, audio, audio-visual, digital).

Your classes will consist of a variety of activities to develop your practical skill in all four communicative competencies (SLRW) and to promote autonomous use of the TL. These will include subject-specific presentations and discussion, text handling and analysis, writing activities, such as letter-writing, summarising and reporting, based on themes, grammatical structures and language skills. Working individually and in groups, you will have opportunities to develop your knowledge and understanding of TL countries, society, and community through both authentic and specially prepared textual and audio-visual materials. In this module you will have the opportunity to specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

Seminar activities are complemented by guided independent study, and will make use of Study Direct and other technologies.

This module is at level B2-C1 (Independent-Proficient User) of the CEFR for Languages.

Spanish For Professional Purposes 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module you:

  • study complex factual and/or literary texts
  • learn to structure and present an argument, description, or narrative logically and clearly in Spanish
  • study complex language structures including specialised terms
  • demonstrate in Spanish your knowledge of a special subject linked to your chosen field of study. This can include a case study, report, reseach project or a creative project, such as, fiction writing, documentary or web profile for professional purposes. 

Surveillance, Security and Control

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

In this module, you examine key developments and controversies in surveillance and security.

You focus on the deployment of surveillance in diverse contexts including:

  • crime control
  • national security
  • welfare
  • border control
  • consumption.

You are introduced to a range of historical, theoretical and empirical contexts that advance your understanding and the critical analysis of surveillance in society.

Through specific case studies - including DNA databases; the Snowden Affair; the 'internet of things' and military surveillance - you are encouraged to analyse contemporary surveillance trends in the light of shifting constellations of power, politics, resistance and control.

The Body: current controversies and debates

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 3

The body has recently become a key focus for sociological theorising and research. Much of this work has focused on defining the body as a socially constructed phenomenon, and exploring how it is produced through various social and cultural practices and discourses, and categories such as gender, class, race and sexual orientation. However, the body is also highly politically charged; a key site at which oppression is meted out, and is a focus of regulation and governance at individual, group, national and international levels. Bodies, and particularly women's bodies, are also at the nexus of some of the most controversial debates of our time.  

This module looks at the politics of the body from a sociological point of view, exploring themes of embodiment and power through a variety of controversial issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexual violence, sex work, abortion, cosmetic surgery and eugenics. You will think through various debates in relation to a broad canon of theories from feminism and sociology, around notions such as rights, bodily autonomy and integrity, structures and discourses, and the formation and regulation of identities. Gender will be a central thread throughout, and attention will be paid to how it intersects with other social categories such as class, 'race', sexual orientation, age, and (dis)ability.
 
 

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