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What makes Sociology with Politics* at Worcester special?

At Worcester we encourage you to see the world from different angles, discuss new ideas, and think beyond the obvious. You’ll join a vibrant course community with lecturers who have a personal interest in you and your ideas. There are also plenty of real-life research opportunities, such as interviewing and observing, and when using sociological and political theory we make it relatable, showing how it can help with ‘real’ problems.

Alongside studying sociology your course will have a political edge, allowing you to relate sociological research and issues to political philosophy, systems, and existential political challenges in Westminster, European and global politics. This combination of subjects will allow you to see the impact of politics, political language and legislation on everyday lives.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • Critically engage with contemporary sociological and political challenges in our modules on the environment, digital society, rural sociology, visual imagery, Westminster, European, and global politics
  • Varied assessment based on your own research interests and close tutor support, with no exams
  • Lively debates not just sitting in lectures. When we do have lectures, we make them interactive, inclusive, and personally stimulating
  • Specialist careers advice and work-based learning in local and regional organisations and with political parties in local constituencies and Parliament that will increase your employability
  • Bespoke sociological and political resources and research materials in the Hive library, which serves not only the University but the local community
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Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points (for example, BCC at A Level)

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from the UCAS Website.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Approaching the Crisis: 21st Century Sociology
  • Applying Sociology
  • Family Lives
  • Visual Sociology: Ideas Through Images
  • Westminster Politics

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Pathways in Sociology
  • Sociology Research Design & Methods
  • European Politics

 

Optional

  • Constructions of Crime: media representations and policy debates
  • Work Project Module
  • Housing and Homelessness in the Country and City
  • ‘Race’ and Ethnicity in Contemporary Britain
  • Digital Society
  • People, Environment, and Social Change

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Independent Study
  • Global Politics

Optional

  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • History of Sexuality
  • Body & Society
  • Extension Module
  • 'Race', Ethnicity and Education
  • Education and The Sociological Imagination
  • Constructing Emotions: social/political perspectives
  • Capitalism and Globalisation
  • Rural Sociology and Changing Communities
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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of:

Lectures that give an introduction and overview of topics studied as part of the content of each module

Seminars, often featuring small group work and/or round table discussion of published and/or audio-visual materials. These support, extend and develop your knowledge of the topics introduced by lecture

Workshops focusing on preparation for a range of different types of assignment. These develop your understanding and competence for assignment work

Tutorials are one-to-one work with module tutors, usually focusing on assignment preparation or assignment feedback

Assessed and non-assessed, individual and/or group classroom presentations. These help you to the build the skills and confidence for presenting ideas and information in a supportive public environment

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of the course.

You have an opportunity to gain and reflect upon a work-placement in your second and third year as part of a Work Project Module, supervised by the module tutor.

Moreover, the University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful

Contact time

If you are a full-time student, you study four modules at a time, with about 3 hours in class per week for each of them (approximately 12 hours of contact time per week).

Typically, class contact time will be structured around lectures (1 hour) and seminars/group work (2 hours).

Independent self-study

In addition to the time in class, you will complete 25 hours of individual or small group self-study, always with a tutor to help and guide you if you need that. After the modules are finished, at assessment time you work on assignments, and if 

you are a full-time student you will need to devote about 37 hours per week to that.

While you are doing self-study and working on assignments, you have available some excellent learning facilities. These include the world-famous Hive with its attractive environment and superb library resources, well-chosen books and extensive on-line reading-material. For each module, the tutors will also have set up a set of on-line web pages with the resources needed to guide you through the module.

Computers and instant printing facilities are readily available, including a main facility which has access 24 hours a day, and there are coffee bars and other places to work in too. Wi-fi is of course available through the university.

Duration

3 years full-time; 4-6 years part-time

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Teaching staff

The Sociology with Politics staff team knows how to make the subject interesting and students find them friendly and approachable. You can see examples of some of their staff profiles below. All have a teaching qualification or are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. 

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include essays, reports, discussion papers, discourse analyses, portfolios, presentations, and a final year independent study/dissertation.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1

  • 1 book review
  • 2 essays
  • 1 reflective autobiography
  • 2 reports
  • 1 group presentation
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 discussion paper

Year 2

  • 1 book review
  • 2 essays
  • 1 research proposal
  • 2 reports
  • 1 synopsis
  • 1 portfolio
  • 1 political discourse analysis
  • 1 presentation

Year 3

  • 1 independent study
  • 4 essays
  • 1 literature review
  • 1 interview
  • 1 political discourse analysis
  • 2 presentations

 

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.  

Programme Specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

In person teaching from September

We intend to start the academic year as planned in September 2020.

For many years, the majority of our teaching has taken place in small group settings such as seminars, laboratory classes, tutorials, clinical simulation and other practical sessions. We are planning to continue to teach these in person, while strictly following the Government safety guidelines in place at the time.

Other sessions will be delivered through a blend of in-person and online learning. You can read more about this approach in our coronavirus FAQs.

Hannah Carstairs - Politics student

Politics is such a vast subject covering topics of history, sociology, ethics and a little philosophy. It helps you to gain a clear understanding of the world around you and I have really enjoyed how the course focuses on contemporary political issues rather than just ideologies. The lecturers use a variety of interactive media to engage students and help you find interesting research. Studying politics has assisted me to fine tune the skills I will need to seek a career in teaching and writing. I will take what I have learnt on this course into my Masters.

I would highly recommend the university to others. The lecturers on my course have been incredibly supportive and understanding allowing me to take the course at my own pace.

Linda Lukangu - Politics student

The politics classes are quite small, so it’s easy to get your voice heard and you really get to know your lecturer and your classmates. The classes are usually divided into a lecture about a specific subject and the second half is more about discussions and group work where you can develop your critical thinking.

I would definitely recommend the university. It's the right size with loads of greenery and a good sized town centre only walking distance away. The university also offers loads of assistance for those who need it so you never feel alone and the course selection is so big, everyone is guaranteed to find something they are interested in

Meet the team

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Dr Luke Devine

Luke is currently Course Leader for Politics and lectures across the Humanities; Luke is also a keen advocate of technology-enhanced learning and digital literacy.

Dr Linda Price

Dr Linda Price

Linda has research interests across Rural Sociology, particularly around historical connections between the country and the city with topics such as Access to the Countryside; suicide in farming families, embodiment, gender and historical changes in rural communities.

Linda has published widely, presents at international conferences and draws on her research in her teaching often connecting the country and the city on topics such as Health and Well Being,  Poverty, Housing and Domestic Violence.  Linda teaches across the curriculum, has developed models of personal development planning.

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Dr Simon Hardy

Simon has lectured at Worcester in Sociology and Media & Cultural Studies since 1995, with specialisms in the history of sexuality, the sociology of pornography and contemporary media coverage of warfare.

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Lesley Spiers

Lesley Spiers' teaching and research interests are wide-ranging. Previous research has included examining femininity and discourses of dieting, beauty therapists and their relationships with clients as well as offering critiques on popular culture including the TV programme Little Britain. She has also worked on learning and teaching research projects with her colleagues across the Institute, focusing specifically on the way that academic subjects embed employability into their curricula.

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Mike Webb

Mike teaches across Politics and Sociology undergraduate courses with particular emphases on crime, political campaigning, the world of work, and social welfare.

His teaching also draws on his varied background as a former economics researcher, national organiser of a youth movement, special school teacher, and lecturer in media.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Our Sociology with Politics degree is a route into many careers. Our graduates have an excellent employment record and have pursued a range of careers, including in housing, the probation service, youth work, politics, caring professions, social services, the police, business and personnel management, public relations, media, marketing, and teaching. 

In order to help you reflect, plan and work on your career and progression aspirations, the course provides a number of opportunities for you to discuss and develop them. You'll gain employability skills such as managing and communicating with people, thinking out solutions to problems, understanding the diverse society in which we live, not to mention digital literacy skills.

During your time at Worcester, you'll have the opportunity to experience subject-related work experience and volunteering activity. In Years 2 and 3 you can choose to register for a work experience module and to take up volunteering opportunities with local and regional organisations (these are regularly publicised to students). Moreover, the Politics team enjoys links with local councillors, MPs, and parties; in the past, students have gained valuable work experience across a range of political parties and campaigns, as well as working in local constituencies and Parliament.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2020/21 is £12,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2020/21 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Sociology with Politics: LL22

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry into full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK. For the latest information, check the UCAS website at www.ucas.com

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

LL22

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Linda Price

Admissions Tutor

Dr Luke Devine

Course Leader - Politics