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2022/23 Undergraduate Programme Catalogue

BSc Social and Political Sciences

Programme code:BS-SOC&PSUCAS code:
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:

School of Sociology and Social Policy

Relevant QAA Subject Benchmark Groups:

Sociology, Social Policy, Politics and International Relations

Programme specification:

This interdisciplinary degree combines the study of society with cultural and political processes which shape human experience. As a Social and Political Sciences student, you will study the organisation and structure of society and consider the changing nature of human action, as well as the political theories that structure our political systems and the social forces that shape political life. You'll gain expertise in analysis, research, critical thinking and more as you develop an understanding of key topics.

In addition to areas such as comparative politics and central problems in sociology, you'll use examples from around the world to gain a firm grounding in the institutions and practices of modern political systems while exploring social values and the impact of social divisions. The programme is structured by a 'core' module pathway that guarantees a platform of learning and training complimented by a wide range of optional modules, enabling you to develop your interests in specialist areas. Within this 'optional' element, you will be able to follow one of our module 'routes' (such as gender, global development or policy and politics) or construct your own programme in line with your interests and skills.

You'll have the opportunity to study abroad which will enable you to develop an international perspective on your subject or undertake a work placement which will help you to develop your skills, and give you an insight into working life in a particular organisation or sector. Throughout the course, you'll gain a diverse set of skills that will be valuable to you as a citizen, as well as for your future career plans.


Year1 - View timetable

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

In level 1, 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:

PIED1100British Politics20 credits 
PIED1511International Politics20 credits 
SLSP1150Politics and Social Transformation20 credits 
SLSP1200Sociology of Modern Societies20 credits 

Optional modules:

Candidates may take 20 credits of the following optional modules:

SLSP1160Understanding and Researching the City20 credits 
SLSP1170Understanding and Researching Contemporary Society20 credits 

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]

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 module:

SLSP2010Sociology and Social Policy Research Methods20 credits 

Optional modules:

Candidates MUST take 20 credits from the following 'Theory' modules:

PIED2501Theories of International Relations20 credits 
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 credits 
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 credits 
SLSP2650Key Debates in Social Policy20 credits 
SLSP2730Central Problems in Sociology20 credits 

Candidates will be required to study 80 credits from the following optional modules:

FOSS2001State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic20 credits 
PIED2160Spin Doctors and Electioneering20 credits 
PIED2220North-South Linkages20 credits 
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 credits 
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 credits 
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 credits 
PIED2501Theories of International Relations20 credits 
PIED2558Security Studies20 credits 
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 credits 
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 credits 
SLSP2020Crime, Law and Regulation20 credits 
SLSP2040Disability Studies: An Introduction20 credits 
SLSP2050The Sociology of Gender20 credits 
SLSP2145Crime, Race and Ethnicity20 credits 
SLSP2150Debates in Childhood and Youth20 credits 
SLSP2180The Sociology of Culture20 credits 
SLSP2650Key Debates in Social Policy20 credits 
SLSP2690Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies20 credits 
SLSP2730Central Problems in Sociology20 credits 
SLSP2932Sociology and the Climate Crisis20 credits 
SLSP2953Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control20 credits 
SLSP2975Social and Public Policy beyond the University20 credits 

Students can either select from a themed route through levels 2 and 3 or can select their own suite of module options from the above list.
Themed routes are as follows:
- Divisions and Inequalities
- Crime and (In)Security
- Global Development
- Understanding Policy
- Culture, Media and Technology

Indicative routes can be found online here:
https://minerva.leeds.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/execute/content/file?cmd=view&mode=designer&content_id=_9370236_1&course_id=_85335_1&framesetWrapped=true


Year3 - View timetable

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

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.

Optional modules:

Candidates are required to study one of the following 40 credit dissertation modules:

PIED3750Dissertation40 credits 
SLSP3041Sociology Dissertation40 credits 
SLSP3051Social Policy Dissertation40 credits 

Students taking either SLSP3041 Sociology Dissertation or SLSP3051 Social Policy Dissertation MUST take the following Research Skills module:

SLSP3095Research Skills for your Dissertation20 credits 

Candidates will be required to study 60-80 credits from the following optional modules:

FOSS3001State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic20 credits 
LAW3172Crime, Law and Social Change: Crime and Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective20 credits 
PIED3158British Foreign Policy20 credits 
PIED3207International Development and Social Policy20 credits 
PIED3261Violence and Reconciliation in Africa20 credits 
PIED3310Britain and the EU20 credits 
PIED3342Gender and Security in Global Politics20 credits 
PIED3402American Foreign Policy20 credits 
PIED3408Nuclear Weapons and Global Politics20 credits 
PIED3565Terrorism: Concepts, Debates, Cases20 credits 
PIED3608Philosophy of Human Rights20 credits 
PIED3611Radical Political Ideas20 credits 
PIED3617Reimagining Politics: Gender, Race, and Popular Culture20 credits 
PIED3810Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture20 credits 
SLSP3075Disability and Development20 credits 
SLSP3211State Crime and Immorality20 credits 
SLSP3230Global Terrorism and Violence20 credits 
SLSP3500Gender, Technologies and the Body20 credits 
SLSP3995Ethnicity and Popular Culture20 credits 

Students can either select from a themed route through levels 2 and 3 or can select their own suite of module options from the above list.
Themed routes are as follows:
- Divisions and Inequalities
- Crime and (In)Security
- Global Development
- Understanding Policy
- Culture, Media and Technology

Indicative routes can be found online here:
https://minerva.leeds.ac.uk/webapps/blackboard/execute/content/file?cmd=view&mode=designer&content_id=_9370236_1&course_id=_85335_1&framesetWrapped=true

Last updated: 18/06/2021 15:24:37

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