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2020/21 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BA Politics and Sociology

Programme code:BA-POLI&SOCIUCAS code:LL32
Duration:3 Years Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Andrew Wallace Contact address:a.r.wallace@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 360

Entry requirements:

- AAB at A-level plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C.
- International Baccalaureate: 36 points overall, including 17 at the Higher Level.

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:

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Programme specification:

The programme will:
- enable students to work across more than one discipline by providing the flexibility to study three disciplines at level one;
- allow the study of two disciplines to the same depth as any single honours student but with less breadth in each discipline;
- provide a basis for further advanced study in either of the Disciplines or in a cognate interdisciplinary area.

General
- The distinctiveness, appeal and strength of University of Leeds joint honours programmes lie in the unusual combination of depth, breadth and flexibility which they offer, as well as in the exceptional range of degree combinations available.
- They permit students to study two disciplines, in depth and to degree level while acquiring a broader range of skills than is typically possible within a single honours degree.
- They are emphatically joint honours programmes, rather than integrated programmes: students can therefore make the links they choose from the wide choice of optional modules available within each discipline. Within certain parameters, they thus effectively make connections and devise pathways according to their own preferences, rather than being faced with a prescribed combination of modules chosen for them by others.
- The students must acquire the flexibility of mind and variety of learning techniques needed to switch between the two disciplines.
- A further element of distinctiveness is the flexibility of the programme structure, which allows joint honours students to change direction more easily, and more radically, than single honours students.
- Many of these programmes also allow the opportunity to undertake a work placement, field work or study abroad.


Year1 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 credits.

In level 1, students are required to pass a minimum of 40 credits in each of their two main subjects. The further 40 credits may consist of discovery modules in a third subject or may consist of further modules in one or both main subjects. Students must pass 100 credits and all core modules as identified in the programme.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED1110Comparative Politics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED1601Freedom, Power and Resistance: An Introduction to Political Ideas20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP1200Sociology of Modern Societies20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP1210Formations of Modernity20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Optional modules:

Candidates may take 20 credits of the following optional modules:

SLSP1160Understanding and Researching the City20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP1170Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules in a third subject or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year2 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 credits.

Over levels 2 and 3 taken combined students must pass:

- Politics: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- Sociology: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)

- Plus 40 credits in the named subjects and used to ensure that credits at the appropriate level for award are taken.
- Plus 40 credits in elective modules or further modules in the named subjects.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 2 and all core modules to proceed to the next level of the programme.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

SLSP2010Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SLSP2730Central Problems in Sociology20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study 20 credits from the following Political Theory modules:

PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates are required to study 20 credits from the following Government and Political Systems modules:

PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates may choose to study 0-40 credits from the following optional modules:

PIED2126The Conservative Party Since 194520 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2220North-South Linkages20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2463United States Politics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2501Theories of International Relations20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2558Security Studies20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates may choose to study 0-40 credits from the following optional modules:

FOSS2001State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun), Semester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP2020Crime, Law and Regulation20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP2040Disability Studies: An Introduction20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP2050The Sociology of Gender20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP2145Crime, Race and Ethnicity20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP2150Debates in Childhood and Youth20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP2180The Sociology of Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules over both Level 2 and 3 or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.


Year3 - View timetable

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

Students must study 120 credits.

Over levels 2 and 3 taken combined students must pass:

- Politics: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)
- Sociology: a minimum of 80 credits (at least 40 credits must be at level 3)

- Plus 40 credits in the named subjects and used to ensure that credits at the appropriate level for award are taken.
- Plus 40 credits in elective modules or further modules in the named subjects.

In order to be eligible for an honours degree, students must meet the normal Rules for Award by passing all modules which are designated to be passed for award or progression and by passing the required number of credits at each level as specified in the Curricular Regulations (at least 200 credits at level 2 or above, of which at least 100 should be at level 3). Students must pass at least 100 credits at Level 3 and all core modules to proceed to gain the degree.

Compulsory modules:

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study at least 40 credits from the following Dissertation modules:

PIED3750Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SLSP3041Sociology Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Candidates taking the SLSP3041 Sociology Dissertation MUST take the following module:

SLSP3095Research Skills for your Dissertation
Co-requisite for: SLSP3041
20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates will be required to study at least 40 credits from the following optional modules if they have taken SLSP3041 Sociology Dissertation and SLSP3095 Research Skills for Your Dissertation:

PIED3158British Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3160Prime Ministers and British Politics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3171The Politics of national identity in the UK20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3202Land, Fuel and Agriculture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3207International Development and Social Policy20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3261Violence and Reconciliation in Africa20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3310Britain and the EU20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3325Europe in the World20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3402American Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3408Nuclear Weapons and Global Politics20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3565Terrorism: Concepts, Debates, Cases20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3608Philosophy of Human Rights20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3609Radical Political Ideas: Marx, Nietzsche, Schmitt, Foucault, Kristeva20 credits 
PIED3810Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

Candidates will be required to study at least 40 credits from the following optional modules if they have taken PIED3750 Dissertation:

FOSS3001State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan), Semester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP3075Disability and Development20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP3211State Crime and Immorality20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP3220Contemporary Children, Young People and Families20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP3230Global Terrorism and Violence20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP3500Gender, Technologies and the Body20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP3995Ethnicity and Popular Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)

Discovery modules:

Candidates may choose to study up to 40 credits of Discovery modules over both Level 2 and 3 or pursue additional modules in the two named subjects.

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