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BA Degrees

Programme Structure

Details of the structure of your degree programme can be accessed here for Criminology, Criminology and Social Policy and Criminology and Sociology.  Information on degrees with Sociology, including BA Social Policy and Sociology, can be found here.


Module Information


Understanding Society


Semester 1

 A general introduction to the concepts and methods of sociology with a particular focus on the theme of the individual and society. This will include topics such as culture, social interaction, socialization and assimilation into social roles through such agencies as gender and the family.


The Sociological Imagination


Semester 2

 Provide a general introduction to the methods and concepts of sociology with a particular focus on the theme of power and inequality. The module will examine the processes and institutions by which power differentials and inequality are reproduced, such as class, education, work, race, patriarchy and capitalism.


Sociology of Work


Semester 2

 This module looks at the relationship between work and society. It examines the social and historical context of modern work and organisations. It examines the sociology of work in international and comparative frameworks. It will examine work in historical perspective; Classical Theoretical Approaches to Understanding Work; contemporary theories of work organisation; Class Conflict and Revolution; inequalities in the workplace; sociology of unemployment; sociology of unpaid work; Knowledge work and the social organisation of expertise; Emotional labour; Globalisation and the future of work.



Finding out about Social Policy


Semester 2

 Finding out about Social Policy provides an introduction to British social policy. It looks at different perspectives, themes, issues and debates in the field of social policy. The course is organised into three 'sections'. It begins by identifying key ways of defining and theorising social policy, and looks at the historical foundations and development of social policy inBritainandNorthern Ireland. It then moves on to look at current developments and trends in six substantive areas of social policy: social security, the labour market, education, health, personal social services and housing. The third 'section' looks at the impact of the European Union on British social policy.



Culture and Society: the Social Anthropological Perspective


Semester 1

 The module introduces students to social anthropology through a consideration of the principles which underlie aspects of family life, kinship, sexuality and gender relations, as well as gaining a livelihood, in different parts of our complex world. Topics covered include: folk theories of reproduction and kinship systems; the impact of modern assisted conception techniques on kinship systems in ‘the west’; how sex, sexuality and gender are culturally constructed; why societies tend to avoid incest; food and social identification; the social consequences of food shortage; the social consequences of tourism, including sex tourism; and how anthropology can contribute to debates about such issues as ‘development’ and other public policies ‘at home’ and abroad.


A World on the Move: Anthropological and Historical Approaches to Globalisation


Semester 1

 Using comparative case studies from the contemporary and the historical record, this module offers introductory reflections on how globalisation has been approached by anthropologists and historians. Among the issues discussed are: global and local linkages in a world of economic, cultural and political connectivity; cultural convergence and the expression of cultural difference; migrants, trafficked people, refugees and tourists; diasporas, the idea of ‘home’ and national borders; the fate of the transnational family/kinship network in the contemporary world; global and local regimes of power and resistance. The module will be taught by both historians and social anthropologists.


Power, Ritual and Symbol: the View from Anthropology


Semester 2

 This module addresses religion and politics as points of entry into social anthropology. The first half of the course focuses on ‘religion’ as a belief system; the power of symbols, witchcraft ideas and witchcraft accusations and the lessons we can learn from these; as well as on how religion operates under conditions of rapid social change. Through a discussion of the role of ritual in regimes of power, the second half of the module shifts towards a general consideration of anthropological approaches to politics and power. In this section we will look at the nature of ‘power’; at how anthropologists have analysed political systems comparatively; at the micro-politics of everyday life and gossip; at the issue of ‘nationalism’ and ethnic conflicts; and on violence and everyday life.



Media, Politics and Conflict


Semester 2

 The module examines the nature of politics in media driven culture. It explores the relationship between media and democracy, and asks questions about bias, agenda setting, power and control in the media. It covers both local and global politics, and provides both the historical context for significant technological developments (e.g. the Printing Press, the internet), and contemporary examples of the growing power of the media (e.g. the CNN Effect). The module asks students to reflect on their own interactions with the media, and to compare different media formats.


Perspectives on Politics


Semester 1

 An introduction to some key concepts in the study of politics such as the meaning of democracy, the relation between individual and society, and the nature of power and political authority.


BritainandIrelandin Comparative Perspective


Semester 2

 The purpose of this course is to explore key themes in British and Irish Politics in a comparative perspective. The aim is to enable students to understand current politics by comparingBritain,Northern Irelandand theRepublicofIrelandto each other and also to other developed democracies. The course opens with two lectures that lay out the ideas behind comparison as a tool of understanding. Subsequent topics include: party systems, electoral systems, government formation, inter-party competition, intra-party competition and devolution.

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