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Applied Social Science

Entry requirements

At least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course

GCSE/National 4/National 5

•English Language at grade C or 4 •Mathematics at grade C or 4

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This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: •BCC at A Level. •DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. •A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

About this course

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Full-time | 2022

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4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022


Applied social science

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**Course summary**
- Develop the skills you need for a variety of careers.

- Choose to study abroad and go on a work placement.

- Learn from guest lectures from a variety of industries.

This degree develops your intellectual and practical skills, giving you the knowledge and ability to apply scholarly knowledge to real life issues and situations.

**How you learn**
All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

You learn through

- lectures

- seminars

- personal tutorials

- virtual learning environment

- essays

- portfolios

- case studies

- dissertation

- posters

- exams

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing Scheme.

**Applied learning
Work placements**

You will have the opportunity to undertake a semester-long work placement in your second year. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. You gain an awareness of the demands of employers and draw connections between your academic studies and possible careers.

**Field trips**

You have the opportunity to go on three educational field trips during the course that enhances your critical engagement and improve your understanding of the subject areas, as well as allowing you to experience real social science.

In your first year, you undertake a tour of Sheffield identifying key areas of social, cultural and political interest. In the second year there is a four-day visit to Brussels. While in Brussels you get to explore the institutions of the European Union presenting you with a first-hand experience of the EU policy-making environment and engaging with practitioners from across the EU political entity.

**Networking opportunities**

You are invited to events involving guest speakers including potential employers, individuals from the political and public sectors, campaign and voluntary sectors and corporate partners in the private sector. Guest speakers address specific issues of graduate employment as well as contributing sessions on skills which may enhance your employability.


Year 1
Compulsory modules
Deviance, Order And Protest 20
Graduate Study Skills 20
Introduction To International Relations 20
Introduction To Politics And Society 20
The Politics Of Post War Britain 20
The Sociological Imagination 20

Year 2
Compulsory modules
Europe And The European Union 20
Research Methods In Politics 20
Theorising Modernities 20
Elective modules
Beliefs, Values And Religion 20
Britain In The World: British Foreign And Defence Policy In The Modern Era 20
Contemporary War And Security Studies 20
Divided Societies 20
Education: Theory, Policy And Practice 20
Health And Inequalities 20
Society And Nature: The Politics Of The Environment 20
Spin, Propaganda And The Media 20
Study Abroad Module 1 20
Study Abroad Module 2 20
Study Abroad Module 3 20
The Politics Of Welfare In The 21St Century 20
Work Placement (Politics And Sociology) 60
Work Project 20
Youth: Chaos And Control 20

Year 3
Optional modules
Placement Year

Final year
Compulsory modules
Comparing Social Issues And Policy In A Global Context 20
Dissertation (Politics) 40
Elective modules
Advanced Research Methods 20
Anarchism: Direct Action In Theory And Practice 20
British Political Parties In The Modern Era 20
Charity And Community 20
Crime And The Media 20
Culture, Media And Consumption 20
Drug Use In Context 20
Education, Power And Control 20
Experiences Of Health, Illness And Disability 20
Failed States And Democratisation 20
Families And Kinship: A Sociological Insight Into Family History Studies 20
Globalisation, Gender And Work 20
International Political Economy 20
Politics Of The City 20
Power, Sex And The Body 20
Sex, Gender And World Politics 20
Social Theory And Film: Modern, Postmodern And Postcolonial 20
Terrorism And Counter-Terrorism 20
The Politics Of Sub-Saharan Africa 20
Theories And Methods Of Conflict Transformation 20
Understanding Human Rights: Disrupting Universalism 20
Work, Employment And Globalisation 20

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