Programme Specification for the BSc in Sociology and International Politics Main Points
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Admission is through the UCAS system and students are normally required to have 280 tariff points, with at least 100 points in Sociology or Politics or History or some other social science subject. Mature students will be considered on a case-by-case basis, if they have relevant professional experience. Those for whom English is not their first language should have a TOEFL score of 260 or above, or an IELTS of 6.5 or above, in each component of the test.
The BSc in Sociology and International Politics is a joint honours degree that aims to enable students to
- Obtain a high quality, challenging education, both in International Politics and in Sociology, that focuses on the extent to which there are global social and political systems, on aspects of contemporary society at the country level and on the relationships between the two levels.
- Understand political globalisation, through the development of transnational and transgovernmental relations, and the way these relations are structured through international organisations.
- Understand the character of sociology as a discipline that is both theoretically informed and evidence based
- Develop a critical awareness of a variety of sociological and political science perspectives and their relevance to other areas of study
- Study an up-to-date curriculum reflecting rapid social and political change in the contemporary world.
- Collect and analyse a range of social or political data through their own research
- Demonstrate an ability to comprehend, interpret and apply a range of materials, including original texts, archive material, data sets, interview materials, to produce coherent, well-structured written work
- Acquire the disciplinary and transferable skills, knowledge, study habits and independence of thought required of graduates in sociology and international politics
- Develop their analytical capacities and the ability to examine and critically assess complex issues and debates.
Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategies
The educational aims are achieved through a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. Lectures are used to provide commentary on and explanation of key content areas. Small group classes are used to develop understanding by inviting students to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study.
Students are required to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes and to broaden and deepen their knowledge.
For the third year project, students will receive supervision and the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.
Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays and assignments), unseen examinations and the final year project.
On successful completion of this programme, a student will be expected to be able to
- Apply key concepts and theoretical approaches within Sociology and International Politics and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches in a wide range of different contexts;
- Analyse how political actors mobilise support for their positions on global issues;
- Analyse the changing role of culture in social life and the diverse ways in which it may be articulated with other social, economic and political relationships;
- Analyse the different ways in which global social and political relationships affect, and are affected by, local and global cultural and political differences;
- Understand the different ways in which patterns of inequality, social diversity, value systems, identity and political conflict, cut across and inter-relate with each other in different social and political situations;
- Understand how different theoretical positions in Sociology and International Politics tend to be associated with different substantive concepts, methodological positions, research strategies and research methods;
- Evaluate the relation between evidence and theory in a wide range of different contexts;
- Understand, respect and engage with those who do not share their own political values;
- Produce written materials that indicate in a precise and honest manner what is the authors own work and what is attributable to others;
- Understand current issues in political and social life and evaluate different approaches to them;
- Analyse and interpret critically different kinds of research evidence;
- Gather, retrieve and synthesise information from a number of different sources in order to understand the complexities of issues in social and political life;
- Distinguish empirical, normative and explanatory statements from each other, in writing on and discussion of international politics;
- Define abstract concepts, used in the analysis of international politics, and utilise them with rigour and consistency;
- Read political documents and use other sources of information, to interpret the intentions of political actors, the targets of their actions and the possible responses they will receive;
- Place individual political events in the wider context of processes of political change;
- Understand and utilise, at a basic level, a range of research methods such as discourse analysis, participant observation, questionnaires and interviews;
- Present, analyse and criticise research findings in a wide variety of different contexts;
- Gather appropriate information to answer Sociological questions;
- Use the Internet to obtain information.
In each year, students must gain 120 credits to pass the year.
The First Year introduces the key topics for the degree, with core modules in International Politics and in Sociology. There are no electives. The disciplines are of equal weight, with each contributing 60 credits. International Politics is provided as distinct 15-credit modules, each in a single term, so that the modules can also be readily available for visiting Occasional Students. Sociology is provided as 30-credit modules, across two terms. The two disciplines are timetabled, so that they are of equal weight in each term.
The Second Year continues, in a highly-structured manner, with International Politics being divided equally between core modules and elective modules, while Sociology consists solely of core modules. Each discipline contributes 60 credits. However, for the purposes of this degree, SG2008 Sociology of Europe may be counted as an International Politics module. Some of the International Politics modules are provided as 15-credit modules, so that they can also be readily available for visiting Occasional Students. The 15-credit modules will be timetabled in the different terms, in such a manner as to ensure that the workload will be of equal weight in each term.
The Third Year allows the students a wide range of choice across a variety of elective modules in Sociology and in International Politics. The only core module is the Project, which may be on a topic from either discipline. The student is free to choose either a 60-60 or a 30-90 credit balance between the disciplines.
Students are required to take the following core modules, totalling 120 credits.
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible IP1001 Theories of Global Politics (1) - Term 1 15 Not permitted IP1004 Global Political Issues in the Twenty-First Century - Term 2 15 Not permitted IP1005 International Organisations in Global Politics (1) - Term 1 15 Not permitted IP1006 International Organisations in Global Politics (2) - Term 2 15 Not permitted SG1001 Introduction to Sociology 30 Not permitted SG1002 Sociology Workshop 30 Not permitted
Students are required to take the following core modules, totalling 90 credits:
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible IP2001 Analysis of Issues in Global Politics (1) - Term 1 15 Not permitted IP2002 Analysis of Issues in Global Politics (2) - Term 2 15 Not permitted SG2001 Theories and Research Strategies in Contemporary Sociology 30 Not permitted SG2002 Understanding Social Change 30 Not permitted
Students may select Elective modules from the following list, totalling 30 credits:
International Politics Electives
Students should note that this list represents our current plans. The International Politics options actually available will depend upon the two new staff appointed in 2005-2006.
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible IP2003 International Organisations in Global Politics (3) - Term 1 15 Not permitted IP2004 International Organisations in Global Politics (4) - Term 2 15 Not permitted IP2005 Religions in Global Politics 30 Not permitted IP2006 The Middle East in Global Politics 30 Not permitted IP2007 Foreign Policy Analysis 30 Not permitted SG2008 Sociology of Europe 30 Not permitted IP2009 Exceptionalism and the USA 30 Not permitted
Students are required to take one of the following two elective modules, totalling 30 credits:
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible SG3007 Sociology Project Workshop 30 Not permitted IP3001 International Politics Project Workshop 30 Not permitted
Students may select Elective modules from the following lists, totalling 90 credits.
At least 30 credits must be from the Sociology list and at least 30 credits must be from the International Politics list.
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible SG3001 Globalisation, Social Difference and Human Rights 30 Not permitted SG3002 Culture, Community and Identity 30 Not permitted SG3003 World Media Industry 30 Not permitted SG3004 Social and Environmental Change 30 Not permitted SG3006 Race, Racism and Social Theory 30 Not permitted SG3008 Migration, Refugees and Globalisation 30 Not permitted SG3009 The Information Society 30 Not permitted SG3011 Crime, Policing and the Cosmopolitan City 30 Not permitted SG3012 Crime in a Global Perspective 30 Not permitted SG3013 Gender and Society 30 Not permitted SG3015 Sociology of Sexualities 30 Not permitted
International Politics Electives
Students should note that this list represents our current plans. The International Politics options, with an IP code, actually available will depend upon the two new staff appointed in 2005-2006 and two further new staff in 2006-2007. The other options are currently available.
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible IP3002 Global Political Systems 30 Not permitted IP3003 Global Environmental Politics 30 Not permitted IP3004 The Global Politics of Development 30 Not permitted IP3005 International Trade and International Finance 30 Not permitted IP3006 Human Rights in Global Politics 30 Not permitted IP3007 The Transnational Women's Movement 30 Not permitted IP3008 The Global Politics of Population Change 30 Not permitted
Code Title Credits Compensation permissible LA3105
European Business Culture - France or
European Business Culture - Germany or
European Business Culture - Spain
30 Not permitted
Programme Assessment Regulations
Award of a BSc Degree in Sociology and International Politics
To qualify for the Honours Degree, the student must satisfy the pass requirements for Parts I, II and III. The Overall Aggregate Mark for the Honours Degree shall be calculated using the overall percentage marks achieved at the end of Parts I, II and III, in the ratio 10:30:60 respectively.
The minimum percentage in the Overall Aggregate Mark for recommendation for the award of Honours Classification shall normally be
Class I Minimum 70% Class II Upper Division Minimum 60% Class II Lower Division Minimum 50% Class III Minimum 40%
There is a full programme of induction activities in the first week of the first term offered by the University, including familiarisation tours and meetings with different support areas. The School offers an induction day with talks from the School and Departments. All relevant information is contained in the Programme Handbook which students receive on induction.
Personal Tutor Arrangements
Each student is allocated a member of staff as a Personal Tutor. In principle, this will be somebody who teaches one of their modules. Students may express a preference for somebody else and this will be respected, where there appears to be good reason. The role of the Personal Tutor is to assist with personal and academic problems, monitor progress, help develop learning skills and point students in the direction of more specialised services within the University.
Programme Management Structure
On a day-to-day basis, all liaison on matters of academic policy is through the Programme Director. Submission and return of coursework, registration of module choices and all other routine questions are handled by the Undergraduate Programme Administrator. Once a term there is a formal meeting of a Staff-Student Liaison Committee, with representatives from the programme.
- Programme Director for 2005-2006, Professor Peter Willetts
- Undergraduate Programme Administrator for 2005-2006, Nerida Booth
Centre for International Politics, School of Social Science, City University, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB.
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Page produced on 8 August 2005
Updated on 8 August 2005