Politics and Sociology 

(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

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 Politics and Sociology.

Combined Honours

Combined Honours degrees allow you to study two different subjects in one degree. Find out more about Combined Honours degrees.


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Course Overview

This programme will explore the core concepts of the sociology and politics in order to foster your understanding of society and the events and forces which shape it. You will learn to think independently, critically, and imaginatively about important issues, developing explanations for a wide range of phenomena and seeking solutions to social problems. You will develop skills in social research and enable you to explore the big issues that challenge the world today, such as democracy, migration, inequality, racism, climate change, and globalisation.

What will this mean for my future?

In 2016, Keele University were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. This degree will encourage you to develop as a pragmatic and creative thinker – skills which are useful for a wide range of careers. Our graduates have entered occupations including social care, the civil service, the health sector, local government, advertising and marketing, the charity sector, and youth services. Many of our graduates choose to pursue further academic study.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Classical Sociology
  • Social Inequalities
  • Why Politics Matters
  • Mass Media in America
  • Modern Democracies
  • Justice, Authority and Power

Second year

  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Political Research in Practice
  • Freedom and Equality
  • Power to the People 
  • Cities, Culture and Society
  • Race, Racism and Resistance
  • Comparing the U.S. and U.K

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Home: Belonging, Locality and Material Culture
  • Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood
  • The Left in Modern Politics
  • Contemporary Democratic Theory
  • Environmentalism, Environmental Movements and Protest
  • The Extreme Right in Western Europe
  • The Virtual Revolution
  • Moving People: Migration, Emotion, Identity

Course structure

Our degree courses are organised into modules. Each module is usually a self-contained unit of study and each is usually assessed separately with the award of credits on the basis of 1 credit = 10 hours of student effort.  An outline of the structure of the programme is provided in the tables below.

There are three types of module delivered as part of this programme. They are:

  • Compulsory modules – a module that you are required to study on this course;
  • Optional modules – these allow you some limited choice of what to study from a list of modules;
  • Elective modules – a free choice of modules that count towards the overall credit requirement but not the number of subject-related credits.

Modules Summary

Sociology A minimum of 90 subject credits (compulsory plus optional) required for each year across both of your Principal Subjects. This document has information about Sociology modules only; please also see the document for your other subject.

 

At Levels 4 and 5 you MUST take a minimum of 45 credits in Sociology achieved by taking two compulsory modules and one optional module. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject.
Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Sociology optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

At level 6 you MUST take a minimum of 45 in credits in Sociology achieved by taking at least three optional modules. You must also take a minimum of 45 credits in your other principal subject. Your remaining 30 credits may be selected from the list of Sociology optional modules, modules from your other principal subject, or from the range of elective modules provided by other disciplines.

 

In year 3 there is the option to choose to specialise in one of your subjects, taking a minimum of 90 credits in this subject rather than taking modules from both subjects.

 

Modules - Year One

Year 1 (Level 4)

Politics Year 1 (Level 4) (minimum of 3 modules to be taken)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Why Politics Matters

15

Debates in US Politics

15

Modern Democracies

15

Justice, Authority and Power

15

   

Introduction to International Relations

15

   

Securing Global Order

15

 

Sociology Year 1 (Level 4)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Social Inequalities in the Contemporary World

15

Mediated world

15

Classical Sociology

15

Investigating  Social Issues

15

   

The Anthropological Imagination

15

   

Researching British Society

15

 

 

 

Modules - Year Two

Year 2 (Level 5)

 

Politics Year 2 (Level 5) (minimum of 3 modules to be taken)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

US Politics

15

British Politics

15

Russian Politics

15

Politics of the European Union

15

Elections, Parties and Voters

15

Freedom and Equality

15

Environmental Politics and Policy

15

Why Policy Changes

15

Contemporary International Relations

Theory

15

International Organization

15

The Modern Middle East

15

African Politics

15

International Relations of Eurasia

15

The Practice of Politics

15

The Practice of Politics

15

Work Experience

15

 

Sociology Year 2 (Level 5)

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Contemporary Social Theory

15

Sociology Work Placement

15

Research Methods*

15

Families and Households: Diversity and

Change

15

   

Health and Society

15

   

Social Movements

15

   

City, Culture, Society

15

   

Witchcraft, Zombies and Social Anxiety

15

   

‘Race’, Racism and Resistance

15

   

Cultures of Consumption

15

   

Globalisation and its Discontents

15

   

Producing Sociological Knowledge

15

 

* Students taking Sociology as one of their combined honours subjects must take the compulsory module in each semester. However, due to significant similarities between the year two Research Methods modules in Criminology, Education, and Sociology, students studying Sociology and Education or Sociology and Criminology must choose only one year two Research Methods module. This can be from either discipline but students are advised to consider this in connection with the ISP module they anticipate selecting in year three. Students should replace the other research methods module with an optional module from either discipline offered in the same semester.

 

Modules - Year Three

Year 3 (Level 6)

Politics Year 3 (Level 6) (2 or more modules)

Optional modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation module

30

Russia and Europe

15

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

The Left in Modern Politics

15

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

Modern Russia

15

The Northern Dimension

15

Proliferation

15

Environmentalism, Environmental

Movements and Protest

15

Britain and war since 1945: War, Cold War

And Society

15

The Missing Dimension

15

Politics of Development

15

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issues

15

Policing International Order

15

Gendering Global Politics

15

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-

terrorism

15

The U.S. Presidency

15

Urban Politics

15

 

Sociology Year 3 (Level 6)

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

Gender and Consumption

15

Moving People: Migration, Emotion, Identity

15

The Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society

15

Streets, Skyscrapers, Slums: The City in

Social, Cultural, and Historical Context

15

Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood

15

Sex, Death, Desire: Psychoanalysis in Social Content

15

The Ecological Imagination: Environment and Society

15

Celebrity

15

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

Gender and Consumption

15

 

 

Modules - Year Four

If you choose to specialise in Politics in your final year you will study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation module

30

Modern Russia

15

   

Environmental Politics in the USA

15

   

The Left in Modern Politics

15

   

The Extreme Right in Western Europe

15

   

Russia and Europe

15

   

The Northern Dimension

15

   

The Missing Dimension

15

   

Politics of Development

15

   

Israel-Palestine: Key Debates and Issues

15

   

Policing International Order

15

   

Gendering Global Politics

15

   

Britain and War since 1945: War, Cold War

And Society

15

   

Understanding Terrorism and Counter-

terrorism

15

   

The U.S. Presidency

15

   

Urban Politics

15

 

If you choose to specialise in Sociology in your final year you may study the following modules:

Compulsory modules

Credits

Optional modules

Credits

Dissertation

30

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

   

Gender and Consumption

15

   

Moving People: Migration, Emotion, Identity

15

   

The Virtual Revolution: New Technologies,

Culture and Society

15

   

Streets, Skyscrapers, Slums: The City in

Social, Cultural, and Historical Context

15

   

Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood

15

   

Sex, Death, Desire: Psychoanalysis in Social

Content

15

   

The Ecological Imagination: Environment and

Society

15

   

Celebrity

15

   

Home: Belonging, Locality and Material

Culture

15

   

Gender and Consumption

15

 

A selection of the optional modules listed will be offered annually for students in years two and three. Additionally, students are able to select up to two elective modules in each year of study. The elective modules can include modern foreign languages at different levels in French, German, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese (Mandarin).

For further information on the content of modules currently offered, including the list of elective modules, please visit: www.keele.ac.uk/recordsandexams/az