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BA in Sociology with Specialism in Social and Political Thought

How do sociologists think? And what do they think about? What theories about the social and political world do sociologists offer? This elective specialism offers students the opportunity of developing literacy in social and political theory.

Students will be able to draw on and understand key classical, historical and contemporary critical social and political concepts and theories, which have been formulated to understand a variety of sociological concerns. These topics include theories and philosophies of sciences, media, religion, markets, gender, race, class, and sexuality.

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 and Political Thought you will complete 45CATS worth of modules, and a 30CATS dissertation in this specialist area. Please see the box below for a list of modules currently relating to this specialism.

(*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:

  • Dissertation (CORE) (Specific to Specialism)
  • 90CATS of Optional modules

Optional modules for the Specialism in Social and Political Thought

To claim your specialism in Social and Political Thought 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 and Political Thought specialism are listed below and are indicative of the type of module list which will 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.