History and Sociology BA (Hons)

This course is validated by: Lancaster University

This course is available to start in January 2018. Apply now. 

Course Information

  • Course Code: IA3100B12
  • Fees: View fees and financial support information
  • UCAS Code: Y001
  • Validated by: Lancaster University
  • Study Mode: Full time and Part time
  • This course is recruiting in: 2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19
  • This course is available to start in: January
Overview

This History and Sociology BA (Hons) course enables you to study both History and Sociology equally at the same level. Don't worry, studying joint honours doesn't mean more work. You'll study the same number of credits as a single honours student, but just take fewer modules in each of the subjects. There are lots of reasons why students choose a joint honours qualification. Just some include: that you have two subject areas of interest, that you want to explore something new alongside a core subject area or that you want to keep your career options open to a range of professions.

What will I study?

History

Our Modern History programme is designed to introduce you to the essential skills of the historian, including an understanding of current debates and perspectives, alongside an ability to contextualise history from a local and global viewpoint. This is complemented by the necessary acquisition of advanced research and analytical skills, set against substantive material drawn from modern history from the eighteenth century to the present day. The degree is designed to help you form a deeper understanding of the relationship of the social and cultural present with that of the past. This degree also helps you develop powers of analysis and problem solving, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills. The skills learnt in undertaking the Modern History degree are valuable for the world of work on graduation.

Sociology

Covering a broad range of critical and contemporary issues, this exciting and innovative programme introduces you to the many diverse and contentious sociological perspectives that try to explain the world around you. Our modules encourage you to critically examine contemporary social change, to question the reality and representations of the social and cultural forces which mould us, and to evaluate the nature of society itself. The study of social relations, processes and structures is undertaken historically, in comparative focus and with relevance to many of the key issues facing contemporary societies. Within this, considerable emphasis is also given to the importance of developing those theoretical and conceptual tools appropriate to the understanding of these social processes and structures, and to the different theoretical and methodological approaches which frame their investigation.

Modules include:

History

  • Approaches to History: A Case Study of Local History
  • From Medieval to Modern: Culture, Ideas and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • The 18th Century in Perspective: an Exploration of British Political and Social History
  • Totalitarian Regimes (Italy, Germany, Russia)
  • Total Warfare: World War I and II in Perspective
  • Women in History
  • Film in History and History in Film
  • A Place in the Sun: Europe and the Race for Empire 1650-1900
  • Witchcraft & Magic in Early Modern England
  • Never had it so good Britain: 1945 - 1979

Sociology

  • Language, Education and Social Change
  • Critical Theory in Film and Literature
  • Introduction to Social Theory
  • Leisure and Society
  • Social Differentiation in Contemporary Britain
  • Tourism, Sex and Gender
  • Cities and Communities of the 21st Century
  • Sociology of Health and Medicine
  • Welfare and the Welfare State
  • Social Science Research Methods
  • Identity Media and Globalisation
  • Religion and Cults
  • Europe , Culture and Society

Download the Programme Specification for BA (Hons) History & Sociology. The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course.

 

Entry Requirements

You’ll need 80 UCAS points to join this programme (formerly 200 UCAS points). All applicants must show that they have a good level of spoken or written English, and if English is not your first language you’ll need to demonstrate the ability to study in English. Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have relevant work / life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

If you are an International Student from outside of the EU it is a requirement for you to have a Tier 4 Visa in order to study with us. In order for you to undertake this particular programme of study, you will also need to demonstrate that you have a good level of written and spoken English and will require a UK VI Academic IELTS score of 6.0. Please note: the fees for International Students from outside of the EU, for this particular programme are £9,250 per year. Fees are subject to change in subsequent years.

New UCAS Tariff 2017 Entry. UCAS has introduced a new tariff system which aims to provide a fair and more transparent process of allocating tariff points across a wide range of qualifications. This new tariff system will be used for courses starting 2017. Applicants should note that new tariff points for a qualification may be different to the points for the same qualification in the previous system – generally tariff points will be lower on the new tariff.

 

 

 

How will I be assessed?

Modules in the first year are assessed by both examinations (50%) and coursework (50%). Year 2 and 3 modules are also assessed by examination and coursework combinations. You can also expect to take part in seminar presentations which will form part of the assessment for some Level 5 and 6 modules. In the third year, you will undertake a dissertation which is assessed through coursework (100%).

Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.

Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

What can I do next?

Employers like the Joint Honours degrees - for the reason that graduates come out with a range of skills from the different subjects they have studied. The degree will help you develop transferrable skills such as presentation skills, synthesizing and analytical skills -& and the ability to develop arguments for example. These are all skills that employers look for in graduates. The breadth of careers that you could move into is immense - this could include for example work in local government, civil service, work within the leisure industry, Politics, teaching via a PGCE, marketing, junior management roles and more. Postgraduate study will also be encouraged and students have progressed onto a variety of Masters programmes.

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Testimonials

"This has been my third year as external examiner for the history courses at Blackburn College and I have to say the general standard has been consistently on a par with any of the higher education institutions I have taught at including the Universities of Salford, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester and for the last fifteen year at Manchester Metropolitan University." 

External Examiners Report 2014/15
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