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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 Hizer Mir Contact address:h.mir@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 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED1511International Politics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP1150Politics and Social Transformation20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SLSP1200Sociology of Modern Societies20 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]

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 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

Optional modules:

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

PIED2501Theories of International Relations20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2601Revolution and Reaction: Political Problems in the 20th Century20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP2650Key Debates in Social Policy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SLSP2730Central Problems in Sociology20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

FOSS2001State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2161Media and Democracy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2220North-South Linkages20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2301Politics and Policy in the EU20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED2403Comparative Politics of Pacific Asia20 creditsNot running in 202223
PIED2448Politics of Contemporary China20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2455State and Politics in Africa20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
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 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED2602Justice, Community and Conflict20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP2020Crime, Law and Regulation20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP2040Disability Studies: An Introduction20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
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 1 (Sep to Jan)
SLSP2650Key Debates in Social Policy20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SLSP2690Racism, ethnicity, migration and decolonial studies20 creditsNot running in 202223
SLSP2730Central Problems in Sociology20 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SLSP2932Sociology and the Climate Crisis20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP2953Urban Disorders, Social Divisions and Social Control20 creditsNot running in 202223
SLSP2975Social and Public Policy beyond the University20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
THEO2251Sociology of Religion20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SLSP3041Sociology Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)
SLSP3051Social Policy Dissertation40 creditsSemesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun)

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

SLSP3095Research Skills for your Dissertation20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)

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

FOSS3001State of Emergency: Social science and the COVID-19 pandemic20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
LAW3172Crime, Law and Social Change: Crime and Criminal Justice in Historical Perspective20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3158British Foreign Policy20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3205Politics of Rural Transformation in Developing Countries20 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)
PIED3342Gender and Security in Global Politics20 creditsSemester 1 (Sep to Jan)
PIED3402American Foreign Policy20 creditsNot running in 202223
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)
PIED3611Radical Political Ideas20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3617Reimagining Politics: Gender, Race, and Popular Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
PIED3810Video Games: Politics, Society and Culture20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP3075Disability and Development20 creditsSemester 2 (Jan to Jun)
SLSP3211State Crime and Immorality20 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 1 (Sep to Jan)

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: 05/09/2022 12:59:58

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