Goldsmiths, University of London

Degree level: Undergraduate

Sociology and Politics

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Course summary

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This degree gives you a thorough grounding in sociology and politics, in methods of social and political research, and in interdisciplinary approaches to political analysis. Why study BA Sociology & Politics at Goldsmiths?

  • The degree brings together the concerns, theories and methodologies of politics and sociology, so you’ll develop a rich, analytical and informed engagement with a range of contemporary problems while also gaining a number of transferable skills.
  • At Goldsmiths, you won't just learn about politics in terms of what happens in the Houses of Parliament and conventional arenas of power, but also what happens on the streets, in art galleries, and in the non-Western world.
  • Our academics are responsible for producing cutting-edge research in sociology and politics, so you’ll be learning from the experts.
  • Our departments are committed to decolonising the curriculum and we offer particular expertise on questions of culture, as well as on radical approaches to race, gender, sexuality, and the organisation of political life.
  • You’ll be able to pursue your own interests and develop your own lines of research, culminating in the final year dissertation on a topic of your choice. Previous dissertations included a study of the impact of stigma on South Asian Muslim experiences of mental health, a feminist critical analysis of the Green Party’s policies and manifesto, and an ethnography of labour practices and workers’ organisation in a Chinese street market.
  • We make use of our London location to consider the social and cultural themes and issues in the local area. Several modules make use of walking tours and neighbourhood observations to illuminate your studies.
  • You’ll join an active community at one of the top political universities in the UK (Which? University 2017). You’ll be able to get involved in campaigns, debates, activities and societies and meet other people as passionate about the subject as you.
  • We have a lively events programme that attracts renowned speakers, meaning that you'll have the opportunity to hear the latest political and sociological arguments, theories and ideas which bring a contemporary perspective to your degree.

Course details


In the first year, you'll take sociology compulsory modules that familiarise you with sociological research methods and with the distinguishing features of the subject. For the politics element, you study key concepts in political theory – including the state, democracy, freedom, rights, power and authority. You also choose from three option modules. In the second year, you'll look at how to study a society, encompassing issues of agency and structure, class and conflict, political action and social change. The making of the modern world and its sociological context is also considered. Politics modules examine how the subject has become associated with social movements, environmentalism and globalisation, while theoretical debates on the concept of democracy are also studied. You also take a sociology option and a politics option. In the third year, you'll take a compulsory module in theorising contemporary society and study for a dissertation. You also pick a sociology option and two politics options. Year 1 (credit level 4) Your first year gets you thinking sociologically and critically, and introduces the ways in which sociological knowledge of societies has been shaped by disputes about theories and methods. Modules address problems that have interested sociologists in their attempts to account for the world we live in. You will start to understand how the meaning derived from sociological investigations operates in cultural processes, and look at the methods that have been developed by sociologists to produce sociological knowledge. You will take the following compulsory modules – three from the Department of Sociology, and one from the Department of Politics and International Relations. Modern Knowledge, Modern Power Researching Society and Culture 1A Researching Society and Culture 1B Political Theory and Ideologies You are then able to choose 30 credits from the following modules. World Politics UK and European Comparative Governance and Politics Colonialism, Power, and Resistance Introduction to Political Economy Introduction to Economic Policy Year 2 (credit level 5) Compulsory modules cover the main approaches to sociological thought, and their implications for understanding contemporary societies. You develop a rich knowledge of the variety of sociological reasoning and research. Central Issues in Sociological Analysis The Making of the Modern World Social Change and Political Action Modern Political Theory You will then choose 30 credits of Politics and International Relations modules from the following list. Making Modern Japan Chinese Politics: The Revolutionary Era US Politics and Foreign Policy Europe Since 1945 Ideologies and Interests: Political Thought in Modern Britain International Trade International Monetary Economics Liberalism and its Critics Life: A User's Manual Modern Britain: Politics from 1979 - today Rough Politics Political Economy International Politics of the Middle East Politics of Vision Politics of Popular Music, The Armed Politics and Political Violence Feminist Economics You will also choose 15 credits from the following list of Sociology modules. Leisure, Culture and Society The Body: Social Theory and Social Practice Social Change and Political Action Crimes Against Humanity Migration in Context Year 3 (credit level 6) supports a strong programme of research in social and political theory, gender studies, and cultural studies of politics and government. You will take the following compulsory modules. Issues in Contemporary Society Dissertation You will then choose 15 credits Sociology options, and 60 credits of Politics and International Relations options. Please note that due to staff research commitments not all of these modules may be available every year.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed by a variety of methods, depending on your module choices. These include coursework, examinations, group work and projects.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

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Application codes

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Course codeLL23
Institution code G56
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

120 credits at Level 4 and a 2:1 average in a comparable programme, and meet the standard qualification requirements for entry to Year 1 of the programme.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

QualificationOfferFurther information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level BBB
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDM
Access to HE Diploma D: 30 credits Pass with 45 Level 3 credits including 30 Distinctions and a number of merits/passes in subject specific modules
Scottish Higher BBBBC
Scottish Advanced Higher BBC
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 33 points With three Higher Level subjects at 655
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H2, H2, H2, H2

We exercise flexibility where entry requirements are concerned, and make offers based on your enthusiasm and commitment to your subject, as shown by your application and personal statement, qualifications, experience and reference. We frequently interview mature applicants (over 21) or those with alternative qualifications, and have a long tradition of encouraging students from all social backgrounds to study at our university. If you don't have academic qualifications you may be invited to interview.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6With a 6.0 in writing and no element lower than 5.5

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Sociology and Politics at Goldsmiths, University of London - UCAS