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BSc Social Policy and Sociology with Quantitative Research Methods

Year 3

(Award available for year: Bachelor of Science)

Learning outcomes

On completion of the year/programme students should have provided evidence of being able to:

- understand and demonstrate coherent and detailed subject knowledge and professional competencies some of which will be informed by recent research/scholarship in Social Policy and Sociology;
- deploy accurately standard techniques of analysis and enquiry within Social Policy and Sociology;
- demonstrate a conceptual understanding which enables the development and sustaining of an argument in Social Policy and Sociology;
- describe and comment on particular aspects of recent research and/or scholarship in Social Policy and Sociology;
- appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limitations of Social Policy and Sociological knowledge;
- make appropriate use of scholarly reviews and primary sources in Social Policy and Sociology;
- apply their knowledge and understanding in order to initiate and carry out an extended piece of work or project in Social Policy and Sociology;
- conform to professional boundaries and norms where applicable.
- the ability to retrieve, manage and manipulate large and complex datasets;
- the ability to produce accurate descriptions of data using numerical summaries and effective data visualisation;
- the ability to use statistical models to answer substantive research questions;
- the ability to write sociological research reports based on quantitative data in a critical and reflective way.

Transferable (key) skills

the transferable/key/generic skills necessary for employment related to Social Policy and Sociology;
- the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility;
- the deployment of decision making skills in complex and unpredictable situations;
- the communication of information, ideas, problems and solutions in a variety of ways;
- the ability to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.


- demonstrating the ability to apply a broad range of aspects of Social Policy and Sociology;
- work that draws on a wide variety of material in Social Policy and Sociology;
- the ability to evaluate and criticise received opinion in Social Policy and Sociology;
- evidence of an ability to conduct independent, in depth enquiry within Social Policy or Sociology;
- Social Policy and Sociological work that is typically both evaluative and creative.
- Report writing based on student-led data analysis
- Short data challenges involving specific techniques to consolidate week on week learning outcomes
- Documenting and annotating data analysis process


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