The degree programme Society, Politics and Policy is aimed at students who want to study a range of social science disciplines and subjects within an interdisciplinary framework which emphasises the way in which the constituent subject-disciplines are interrelated and complement each other. The central disciplines that underpin this new programme are Political Science, Social Policy and Sociology. The central philosophy of the programme is that students will receive grounding in these core subject areas whilst at the same time developing a critical understanding of the ways in which the boundaries between them are fluid and the focus of each is often complementary to the others.
Graduates are equipped with invaluable attributes and key transferable skills much sought after in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Graduates work in teaching, health and social care, public services, politics, and research. Close links are maintained with UWS Careers and Employability Services and careers staff will input into the programme at various stages.
The course can lead to further study on a variety of postgraduate programmes. The MSc Applied Social Science offered within the School would be an ideal next step.
You may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
3 to 4 years
The central philosophy of the programme is that students will receive grounding in the core subject areas of Political Science, Social Policy and Sociology whilst at the same time developing a critical understanding of the ways in which the boundaries between them are fluid and the focus of each is often complementary to the others.
This programme focuses on the development of inter-disciplinary academic and research skills. A deep engagement with the social science research process will develop your theoretical and applied understanding of Political Science, Social Policy and Sociology. You will develop a range of key transferable skills that will enhance employability, including critical research skills, information literacies, data-handling and analysis and communication skills.
Throughout the programme, you will be supported and encouraged to become a reflective, self-regulated, independent learner.
Students will complete six modules, three modules in each trimester. Current modules are: Academic Literacies; Research Practice 1; Development of Social Policy; Introducing Sociology; Democracy in the UK; Introduction to Psychology
Students will complete six modules, three in each Trimester. Current modules are: Foundations of Social and Political Thought; Introductory Social and Cognitive Psychology; Power, State and Citizenship; Research Practice 2; Global Society and Social Welfare; Society, Policy and Change
Students will complete six modules, three in each Trimester. Two compulsory modules are Scottish Society, Politics and Policy, and Social Science Research Methods. Students may then select four further modules from a range. Details of available modules will be shared with students far in advance to enable informed decision-making.
Year 4 (Honours)
Students will complete six modules, three in each Trimester. All students will complete a dissertation (double module). Students may select four further modules from a range. Details of available modules will be shared with students far in advance to enable informed decision-making.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Paisley Campus|
The following entry points are available for this course:
|UCAS Tariff||102 points|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||24 points|
|Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)||H3, H3, H3, H4|
SQA HNC: Social Science; Social Studies; Social Care; Counseling; Business; Nursing;
SQA HNC: Social Sciences; Social Studies, or relevant discipline (for SQA awards, with Grade B in the Graded Unit)
SQA HND: Social Sciences; Social Studies, or relevant discipline
SQA HND: Social Sciences (for SQA awards, with Grades B in the Graded Units)
|Northern Ireland||£9,250||Year 1|