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2019/20 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Social Policy and Sociology with Quantitative Research Methods

Programme code:BS-SPS/QMUCAS code:
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Albert Varela Contact address:a.varela@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

To be eligible, students must have passed 120 credits at level 2. They must have achieved a mark of 60 or above in SLSP2010 Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods. They would also be expected to have achieved an average mark of 60% across all modules at level 2.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Social Policy (in part) and Sociology (in part)

Programme specification:

The programme will:

- Provide students with an operational understanding of the logic and principles of quantitative social research
- Enable students to apply the logic and principles to a range of substantive settings, including case-study and comparative approaches
- Provide the skills to be able to apply a wide range of statistical techniques - from introductory to advanced - on real world datasets to derive social scientific insights.
- Conceive, design and conduct a quantitative social research project from inception to reporting using data management and exploratory and confirmatory analytical techniques, including numerical summaries, data visualisation, hypothesis tests and statistical models.
Such learning outcomes will contribute to students’ capacity to progress to further study at postgraduate level, bring a substantial set of social science analytical tools to the full range of disciplinary Masters and PhD programmes, as well as very strong analytical skillsets for the employment market. Combined with the wide array of subjects in SSP, the applications of QM for undergraduates will be extremely diverse. Graduates from the Pathway programme should enter the new cohort of academic, public- and private-sector analysts where their skills are increasingly in demand.


Year1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLSP1160Understanding and Researching the City20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP1170Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP1200Sociology of Modern Societies20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP1210Formations of Modernity20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP1220Social Policy: Poor Laws to the Present20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year2 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

- Over levels 2 and 3 taken together, students are required to accumulate a minimum 100 credits in each of Social Policy and Sociology and 40 elective credits.
- Students must take a minimum 40 credits per year in each of Social Policy and Sociology, plus the Research Methods module.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLSP2010Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLSP2650Key Debates in Social Policy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLSP2730Central Problems in Sociology20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 40 credits from the following optional modules:

SLSP2020Crime, Law and Regulation20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2040Disability Studies: An Introduction20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2050The Sociology of Gender20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP2062Health and Society20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2145Crime, Race and Ethnicity20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP2150Debates in Childhood and Youth20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2180The Sociology of Culture20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP2675Sociology of Work20 creditsNot running in 201920
SLSP2690Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP2953Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP2975Social and Public Policy beyond the University20 creditsSemester 2

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits of discovery modules.


Year3 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

LAW3287Quantitative Social Research II: Advanced Statistical Modelling and Crime Data20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP3061Dissertation with Quantitative Research Methods40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
SLSP3065Quantitative Social Research20 creditsSemester 1

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits from the following key debates modules:

SLSP3075Disability and Development20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP3160Education, Culture and Society20 creditsSemester 1
SLSP3211State Crime and Immorality20 creditsSemester 2
SLSP3220Contemporary Children, Young People and Families20 creditsSemester 1

Discovery modules:

Candidates will be required to study 20 credits of Discovery modules

Last updated: 30/04/2019

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