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BA in Sociology with Specialism in Social Inequalities and Public Policy

How are inequalities part of our social world? What can we do about it through public policy? This elective specialism allows students to develop a critical understanding of social inequalities and public policy, with a particular emphasis on contemporary social concerns in relation to education, crime, health, welfare and social movements. Social divisions regarding the above issues will be examined in terms of historical and comparative contexts, and the implications of these social divisions may be discussed in relation to relevant policy debates.

Structure by year

You will follow the BA Sociology degree, including the specified core degrees, and your choice of optional modules for each year up to 120CATS* in total. The list below shows the number of CATS, (credits towards your degree), which are optional for each year, as part of your BA Sociology degree. To claim your specialism in Social Inequalities and Public Policy, you will complete 45CATS worth of modules and a 30CATS dissertation in this specialist area. See the box below for modules available in this specialist area.

(*Example: 30CATS of optional modules - is the equivalent of two term-long modules or one year-long module.)

Please note: these modules are indicative of offerings in 2017/18 and may be subject to change.

1st year modules
2nd year modules
3rd year modules

Optional modules for the Specialism in Social Inequalities and Public Policy

To claim your specialism in Social Inequalities and Public Policy you will choose 75CATS worth of modules, (including a 30CATS dissertation), in this specialist area. The options currently available for the 2017/18 year which could be chosen for the Social Inequalities and Public Policy specialism, are listed below and are indicative of the type of module list which could be available in future years.

First year:

Second year:

Third year

Further information






What is a specialism?

You will be able to choose from one of six elective specialisms and this elective specialism can be added to your final degree title.

The elective specialism can be chosen to concentrate on an area of particular interest or with a view to preparing for postgraduate study or entry to a particular field of employment. You will be taking a minimum of four modules related to the specialism and your dissertation project will explore research in the relevant specialism.