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Physical Geography and Sociology
At Keele, studying a combined honours degree will include some modules from both of the single honours degrees. In this case, your programme will be made up of a combination of modules from both Physical Geography and Sociology. For the Physical Geography element of this course, you will discover new ways to understand and appreciate the natural world as you explore the rapidly evolving science behind Earth’s changing landscapes and environments.
UCAS code: LF38
This course, ranked top for student satisfaction in the 2015 and 2016 National Student Survey, focuses on Earth as a global environmental system.
We take an interdisciplinary perspective that will allow you to embed influences from fields such as geology, environmental science and life sciences into your studies. With our global approach you will discover landscapes and points of view that transcend traditional boundaries. You will learn to collect and interpret evidence in the field and in the laboratory, acquiring skills in surveying, GIS and a range of physical and chemical analytical techniques. You will have the chance to apply your new skills on field courses in the UK and overseas.
Our course will provide you with a grounding in the core concepts of Sociology, develop your skills in carrying out social research, and enable you to explore a range of important social issues. Our course covers topics such as social inequalities, culture, identity and belonging, families and households, health, religion and belief, the media, and crime and deviance. Beyond these topics, we are also concerned with the role of consumer culture in our lives; processes of globalisation; urban development; issues around environment and ecology; migration; and how social media influences our relationships and understanding of the world around us.
Studying Sociology will enable you to think independently, critically, and imaginatively about the issues that shape our everyday lives and our futures. We will encourage you to develop sociological explanations for the wide ranging changes taking place in the contemporary world and think about potential solutions to urgent social problems.
What will this mean for my future?
Geography graduates are highly employable. Your degree from Keele will equip you for future employment or advanced study, and will establish a lifelong appreciation of the world around you. Your skills could take you into directly related careers such as environmental planning or consultancy, or you could apply them in industries such as energy, agriculture, meteorology or construction. Your problem-solving skills and global, interdisciplinary approach will be of value in a huge range of careers. For the Sociology element of the course, you will study societies, social issues and problems, and the ways in which they impact upon the lives of individuals. We are interested in how our lives are shaped by relationships with other people, institutions, habits, and ways of thinking that make up the complex societies in which we live.
Sociology is an evidence-based subject so you will also develop skills in problem-solving, using knowledge, information, and data to enable informed decision-making. This varied skill set is useful for a wide range of occupations and professions. Our graduates have entered work in fields including social care, the health sector, advertising and marketing, the charity sector, youth services, and local government. Some of our graduates also choose to pursue further academic study.