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 including 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 60CATS 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.
1st Year modules:
- History of Sociological Thought (CORE)
- Class and Power in a Neoliberal World (CORE)
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Sciences 1 (CORE)
- Researching Society and Culture (CORE)
- Race and the Making of the Modern World (CORE)
- Sociology of Gender (CORE)
- 30CATS of Optional module(s)
2nd Year modules:
- Designing and Conducting Social Research (CORE)
- Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research (CORE)
- Modern Social Theory (CORE)
- 75CATS of Optional modules
3rd Year modules:
Optional modules for the Specialism in Social and Political Thought
To claim your specialism in Social and Political Thought you will choose 90CATS 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.
- Political Sociology (15CATS)
- Becoming Yourself: The Construction of the Self in Contemporary Western Societies (15CATS)
What is a specialism?
You will be able to choose an elective specialisms and this elective can be added to your final degree title. You select these once you are already here and studying by following a pathway of optional modules and completing a dissertation in the relevant area. Selections of specialisms are confirmed at the beginning of your third year, so you can try a number of topics before choosing this route.
The electives 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.