POLITICS AND SOCIOLOGY (BA)
Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36
Explore theoretical and empirical approaches to political and social ideas and issues, and the impact of these on our everyday lives.
An interdisciplinary approach encourages you to consider the world from different political and sociological perspectives. It enables you to think critically about contemporary society in the UK and beyond. It also encourages you to explore sub-fields such as gender and sexuality, race and difference, international relations, international political economy, sociology of media and culture, and international development.
It offers an important empirical dimension, linking ethical questions around the provision of public goods like welfare or security to the demands of existing social movements and policy elites. Additional opportunities include the possibility of a year studying or working abroad.
This joint degree offers a 50-50 split between the disciplines in Years 1 & 2 with a choice of continuing 50-50 in the Final Year or focusing 75-25 on either Politics or Sociology.
1st Year - 90 CATS core + 30 CATS optional cores Sociology; 2nd Year 60 CATS core + 60 CATS options; Final Year 120 CATS options.
Most modules are taught by a combination of weekly lectures and seminars.
8-12 hours of classroom contact per week. Teaching follows a pattern of weekly lectures and seminars, supplemented by group work, one-to-one advice and feedback hours, and the use of web-based materials.
Lectures vary; Seminars in Year One - maximum 14 students; Seminars in later years - maximum 18 students.
Assessment depends on your choice between coursework and exams; also dependent on modules chosen. The final degree classification is determined by your second or third year (50%) and final year marks (50%).
We offer a wide range of opportunities to study abroad. You can apply to spend the second year of your degree on one of our competitive North America exchange placements in the United States at institutions such as the University of California, or in Canada at the University of Waterloo. These integrated study abroad programmes enable you to still complete your Warwick degree in three years. We also offer extensive study abroad opportunities for an intercalated year in France, Germany, Spain, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Australia, Japan and Hong Kong that extend your degree by a year.
Students can apply for an intercalated year of study abroad or work placement which extends the degree to four years.
"My favourite lecture was 'Researching Voting Behaviour' since it linked very well to the 2015 General Election, and was therefore very current to study. I also enjoyed the 'Ethical Problems in Political Research' lecture, where we looked at whether Facebook manipulating the news feed of its users is justified, or ethical."
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A level: AAB
You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.
Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units.
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.
Introduction to Politics
Introduction to Social Analytics 1
In the age of ever-increasing data availability which is paired with a growing sophistication of statistical techniques, the opportunities for social science research are vast. This module will give you an understanding of the basic elements of core descriptive and inferential statistics which will allow you not only to critically engage with quantitative findings in existing social science research, but also conduct quantitative analysis yourself. The module covers the topics of conceptualisation, operationalisation and measurement, as well as the principles of sampling and the basics of statistical inference. You will be introduced to the statistical methods and process of social science research in one hour lectures, and then explore these in extended seminars (2h) both through readings, and the statistical software STATA. We will be working on real data sets, such as the World Development Indicators, but you will also conduct your own little survey amongst other students and analyse the data in class afterwards.
Researching Society and Culture
Term 1, either: History of Sociological Thought OR Sociology of Gender
Term 2, either: Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World OR Race and the Making of the Modern World
- Political Theory from Hobbes
- Designing and Conducting Social Research
- Optional Core: EITHER Modern Social Theory OR Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research
- Any other second year module(s) in PAIS and/or Sociology
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
Sociology of Gender; Class & Power after Neoliberalism; Race and the Making of the Modern World; Bodies, Property and Politics; Educational Inequalities; Politics of the USA Sociology of Health and Medicine; Europe: Politics and Ideas; Racism and Xenophobia; Britain and the War on Terror; Politics of Asylum; East Asian Transformations; US Foreign Policy.
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: NHS Graduate Scheme, Save the Children Korea, Reuters, IPSOS-MORI, Labour Party.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Communications Officer, HR Management, Freelance Video Producer and Reporter, Parliamentary Researcher, Research Officer, Parliamentary Candidate.
"Studying alone won't prepare you for the world of work."
"The course open day was really good at Warwick and helped make my decision to study here. All the modules I studied were relevant and have stood me in good stead for the future. I studied democratisation in my second year just as the Arab Spring kicked off, and the politics of religion module in my final year was current and still is.
Learning about political theory concepts was abstract but really interesting to understand better. I secured a paid internship in my second and third summer which helped me realise my passion for working in policy. I now work as Environment Strategy Manager."
Jennifer Sibley - Environment Strategy Manager
Studied 'Politics' - Graduated 2012
"I can trace the management skills I have now back to my course."
"I chose Warwick because it was a university that provided the mix of courses I was looking for. It was very international, highly ranked and a campus university. I can trace the management skills I have now to the skills that I learnt through my course, and working with different people in ‘One World Week’.
During my second year, I had the opportunity to complement my Politics and International Studies degree with an international law class which I loved. I interned with a law firm in the US over summer in my second year which was great exposure. In my last year, I thrived doing the communications work I was exposed to as Coordinator of One World Week and decided to centre my career in that area."
Ingrid Helsingen Warner - Managing Director, Leidar Norway
Studied 'Politics and International Studies' - Graduated 2006
A level AAB
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)
3 years full time
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.