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Politics and Sociology

Cardiff University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2021

Program description

Politics and Sociology

Many students find studying a joint honours program stimulating and rewarding as they are able to observe both similarities and differences between the two subjects. By combining Politics and sociology, you will gain a variety of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial for your future.

The field of politics allows you to explore how parliaments and governments function and evaluate political ideas such as power, freedom, democracy, conflict, legitimacy or accountability as well as incorporating international relations.

Modules are varied, allowing you to explore how politics works in Britain and further afield as well as investigate how public policy is made. Other strands of work discuss justice, democracy, human rights and international relations; providing you with a broad understanding of politics tailored to your own particular needs.

This degree aims to provide you with an excellent understanding of politics and government while also equipping you with associated intellectual and communications skills that will be of value whether you work in government or in the private or voluntary sectors.

Sociology is dedicated to the study of social life as found in groups, institutions and societies. It provides the critical tools for handling the analysis of all aspects of social conduct, from face-to-face interactions to how economic forces shape and are shaped by global society.

This course uses a wide range of approaches to help you learn the methods and ideas needed to make your own contribution to understanding and improving society.

As a joint honours student, you will find that often there are complementary issues and perspectives that link subjects, be they critical analysis, historical contexts or recent research.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

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Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB. Critical Thinking and General Studies will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.

Tuition fees

  • Tuition fees for the UK and EU students: £9,000
  • Tution fees for the Students from outside the EU: £17,450

Qualification

What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Identify and explain the central concepts of political science, and demonstrate familiarity with the vocabulary of political discourse;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of normative and empirical Political Theory;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of key aspects of modern politics, including the structure and operation of selected European political systems at the national and European Union levels and international politics embracing global and regional studies;
  • Demonstrate particular expertise in Political Theory and/or European Politics and/or international relations. Appreciate the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;
  • Apply different concepts, theories and methods to the analysis of political ideas, institutions and behaviour;
  • Examine and evaluate different interpretations of political issues and events;
  • Make use of contemporary research, such as articles in refereed journals.

Intellectual Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Gather, organize and deploy evidence, data and information from a variety of sources;
  • Develop a reasoned argument, synthesize relevant information and exercise critical judgement;
  • Reflect on your own learning and make use of constructive feedback;
  • Manage your own learning self-critically.

Professional Practical Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Design and use a range of data collection instruments needed to explore and understand the social world
  • Critically evaluate, synthesise and interpret primary and secondary data generated using different methods, using specialist software where necessary
  • Work both collaboratively and individually on theoretically informed and empirically-grounded projects that draw on appropriate and relevant research evidence

Transferable/Key Skills:

On successful completion of the Program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing;
  • Use communications and information technologies for the retrieval and presentation of information;
  • Work independently, demonstrating initiative, self-organisation and time-management;
  • Collaborate with others and contribute to the achievement of common goals.

Career opportunities

Politics at Cardiff is a respected recruitment pool for a variety of employers within this sector with the Public Service Ombudsman for Wales, the Department for Education, the UK Border Agency and a range of political parties all recruiting from the last graduating year.

Outside of the political sector, the degree is of interest to employers in both the public and private sectors, with graduates taking up management training opportunities within EY, Enterprise Rent A Car, Zurich Insurance and King Worldwide.

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Cardiff University

Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...


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Cardiff University

CF10 3AT Cardiff

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