Blackburn College

BA (Hons) Politics and Sociology Blackburn College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Lancaster University

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This Politics and Sociology BA (Hons) course enables you to study both Politics 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.

The Politics programme is stimulating, interesting and contemporary, and quickly develops students' own powers of analysis and problem solving, research skills, critical thinking, team work and interpersonal skills. It is designed to help you to form a deeper understanding of the Politics of Britain and the wider world, whilst exploring the world of the political, within the complex power relationships of contemporary society. In the first year you will take a common core of introductory modules designed to familiarise yourself with differing approaches to the study of Politics, to help you understand key theories, concepts and ideas and to understand some of the key debates and issues in the world around us. At second and third level students can choose from a range of modules to reflect developing interests and potential career choices.

Covering a broad range of critical and contemporary issues, our exciting and innovative Sociology 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.

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Modules

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 4 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:
Introduction to Political Theory
Introduction to British Government & Politics
Comparative Politics
Language and Society
Introduction to Social Theory and Social Science Methodology
Social Differentiation in Contemporary Britain

Level 5 Modules (there are 4 mandatory modules and 3 optional modules out of a choice of 6 as indicated by *) include:
Social Science Research Methods with SPSS
Modernity to Post Modernity Contemporary Social Theory
Social Science Research Methods with SPSS
Modernity to Post Modernity Contemporary Social Theory

Choose 1 Politics module from the optional modules below:
Local and Regional Government
Political Ideas and the Making of the Modern World: the Western Perspective
Government and Politics of the USA

and choose 1 Sociology modules from the optional modules below
Guttenburg to Gates: A Sociology of the Media
Talking About My Generation: Popular Music & Youth Culture
Leisure & Society

Level 6 Modules (there is 1 mandatory module and 4 optional modules out of a choice of 9 as indicated by *) include:
Dissertation

Choose 2 Politics modules from the optional modules below
Saving the World?: Green Politics, Green Society
International Relations and Globalisation
United States Foreign Policy and the making of a New Global Order
Riots, Public Disorders and responses of the State

and choose 2 Sociology modules from the optional modules below:
Sociology of Health and Medicine
Sociology of Death and Dying
Tourism, Sex and Gender
Have I Got News for You? Contemporary Issues in the Media

Assessment method

Modules in at Level 4 study are assessed by both examinations (50%) and coursework (50%). Level 5 and 6 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 Level 5 and 6 modules. In the third year, you will undertake a dissertation which is assessed through coursework (100%).

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. This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal 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.

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

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

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code Q390
Institution code B40
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 80 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.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £8,250 Year 1
EU £8,250 Year 1
England £8,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,250 Year 1
Scotland £8,250 Year 1
Wales £8,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

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Blackburn College
Feilden Street
Blackburn
BB2 1LH


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