Year 2 (national level 5):
- Social Theory of Industrial Society (20 credits)
Building upon your introduction to social theory module in level four, this module will examine the impact of some of the key theorists leading up to the twentieth century as society ‘modernised’ at a rapid social pace. You will explore social theories of progress, social change, forms of social division, crisis and conflict which are central to understanding our unequal world.
- Applied Quantitative Research in the Social Sciences (20 credits)
As a developing social researcher, this module will introduce you to another strand of research, which is quantitative research. This module will show you how to use computer software, such as SPSS and other survey programmes, to examine real life social and cultural trends from surveys and questionnaires.
- Contemporary Issues in Social Policy (20 credits)
This module builds upon your study of ‘social problems’ at level four and engages you with thinking critically about the nature of social policy, the ideologies behind it and the effects of social policy on populations and groups. Topics you may cover could include contemporary policies such as austerity and government cuts, immigration controls, the welfare state, social benefits and unemployment.
You will get to put your social research skills into practice by taking part in a short social research placement in industry. This placement not only encourages you to become a better researcher, but also helps you to develop a portfolio of employability skills; such as preparing a graduate style CV, writing covering letters, applying for example graduate jobs and developing your own LinkedIn profile. We strongly encourage students to apply for the SuPA Award and have some of the highest take-up rates amongst all programmes at the University. This placement module follows the guidance as set out by the British Sociological Association (BSA) on embedding employability into the curriculum.
Recommended optional modules:
- Practical Application in Sociology (20 credits)
This is your opportunity to go out into the social world and to take part in a real placement, where you can put your social research training into practice. With support from the placement team, or your own networks, you will take part in an actual research project (with guidance). Your placement may be in an organisation such as a charity, a research centre or a local authority department. This module will give you the ‘on the ground’ experience within a place of employment as you take part in doing research for them.
Optional modules (choose two):
- Sex, Families and the Construction of Personal Lives (20 credits)
- Health Improvement and Healthy Lifestyles (20 credits)
- Medicalisation, Normality and the Body (20 credits)
- Gender, Diversity and Human Rights: Global Perspectives (20 credits)
- Youth, Crime and Criminology (20 credits)
- Early Life Course Approaches in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
- British Politics and Government (20 credits)
- Experiencing the 20th Century (20 credits)
- European Political Ideas (20 credits)
- Theoretical Issues in Criminology (20 credits)
- Offender Management in Criminal Justice (20 credits)
- Continuing Independent Study in HE (with presentation) (20 credits)