Programme Specification for BA (Hons) Sociology

Final award

BA (Hons)

Intermediate awards available

Cert HE, Dip HE, BA

Mode of delivery

UEL on campus

UCAS code

L300 – Level 4 entry (3 Year full time route)

Details of professional body accreditation

N/A

Relevant QAA Benchmark statements

Sociology

UEL Academic School

Law and Social Sciences

Date specification last up-dated

June 2014

The summary - UCAS Programme profile

BANNER BOX:

The BA Sociology Programme focuses on the study of modern society in relation to globalisation, multiculturalism and social justice.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The minimum requirements for entry for Level 1 entry is 240 UCAS tariff points from: A/AS level (Including 2 A2 passes), GNVQ, AVCE, Scottish Highers, International Baccalaureate. European Baccalaureate, BTEC / SCOTEC Diploma or Relevant Access Course. Other qualifications, including overseas, may be considered.

We also welcome applicants from mature students who do not have formal qualifications but may have relevant experience. Students applying to this Programme will be expected to demonstrate a specific interest in this area of study and should have a commitment to engaging with the subject. Applicants may be invited for interview.

Students may also be admitted through Accreditation of Experiential Learning (AEL) or Accreditation of Certificated Learning (ACL) processes.

Overseas Qualifications

The number of overseas qualifications which are accepted for entry are too numerous to list, but you can get advice from the British Council or our admissions unit on 020 8223 2835 begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting. You must be able to understand and express yourself in both written and spoken English and some evidence e.g. For Level 4 entry a TOEFL score of 550 or an IELTS score of 6.0 (no skill level below 5) would be required.

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, the University’s English Language requirements as detailed on the website at time of application must be met – see http://www.uel.ac.uk/international/application/english-language-requirements/

ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

What is BA (Hons) Sociology?

Sociology is the 'study of society' but globalisation means that national 'societies' are increasingly part of a global society in which information, money, goods, services and perhaps most importantly people are increasingly free to move. BA Sociology at UEL aims to make sense of the impact of globalisation on the world in general and modern Britain in particular.

Sociology at UEL

  • Is approached through the study of globalisation and identity formation
  • Examines social diversity, inequality and exclusion
  • Is concerned with issues of social justice and public policy
  • Has a wide range of options reflecting the diversity of concerns within the discipline
  • Is concerned to develop study, research and employability skills needed by professionals in a globalising world

Programme structure

BA (Hons) Sociology students take 4 (30 credit) Modules at Level 4 and 2 at Level 5 and a (45 credit) Dissertation Module at Level 6 plus 5 (15 credit) Modules from a range of options.

Level Four

There are four compulsory (core) Modules at Level Four. 

  • Thinking Sociologically (core)
  • Globalisation and Modern Britain (core)
  • Introduction to Social Policy (core)
  • Researching East London 1 (core)

Level Five

There are two compulsory (core) Modules at Level Five. Student then choose two more Modules from a range of options 

  • Social Theory (core)
  • Researching East London 2 (core)
  • Adventures in Intersectionality (option)
  • Self, Nation & Politics (option)
  • Understanding Social Change (option)
  • Delivering Social Welfare in the 21st Century (option)
  • Social Movements in the Radical Twentieth Century (option)

Level Six

At level six Sociology students undertake a core 45 credit Research and Dissertation Module. They also have the option of a 30 credit Work Learning Placement Module. Credits to the value of 120 are then gained from a range of 15 credit option Modules

Learning environment

The BA (Hons) Sociology Programme offers a diverse learning environment linked to learning outcomes. The Programme is taught through lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials and online support in the form of Moodle, which typically contains study guides, lecture notes and module readings. In addition, lecturers respond promptly to email enquiries, provide comments on essay drafts prior to submission and one to one feedback on assessed work.

Assessment

  • Assessment is by a range of different forms of coursework (essays, reports, reviews, presentations, diaries, portfolios, etc.) and exams.
  • The number of assessments per Module varies. But the minimum is one and the maximum is three per module.

Work experience/placement opportunities

There is an optional 30 credit Placement Module at Level 6

Project work

The BA (Hons) Sociology places an emphasis on developing students' own ideas and opinions. This is facilitated by a variety of research projects over the three years culminating in a Research Project at Level 6.

Added value

The Programme encourages students to develop their own ideas, opinions and interests in a sociologically informed fashion and enhance the skills required to be a global citizen in the 21st Century.

IS THIS THE PROGRAMME FOR ME?

If you are interested in.......

  • Globalisation and how it affects modern Britain
  • Issues of, inequality, social justice and global citizenship
  • Exploring multiculturalism and diversity
  • Developing your own sociologically informed opinions about the world
  • How identities are formed and transformed

If you enjoy....

  • Debating current affairs and discussing controversial issues
  • Exploring the social, theoretical and historical context of the modern world
  • Researching social issues in depth
  • Thinking critically about the world in which you live
  • Being part of a supportive learning community

If you want....

  • To know more about globalization and the way it is changing the modern world
  • Relate your personal biography to the global forces that shape it
  • To understand what the world is like and how it could be different
  • To further your own interests in a particular social issue
  • To acquire high quality research skills

Your future career

This Programme is designed to provide a greater understanding of the global forces that shape our lives and inform our identities. It aims to enhance your knowledge about the modern world and the problems it creates. Employers today are looking for people that are knowledgeable about current affairs; have good communication skills; can work well in a multicultural setting; can articulate their own opinions in a careful, considered and constructive fashion; have a commitment to social justice; possess good research skills; are resilient in the face of social change and confident in their professional capacities. The Programme’s combination of sociological theory, empirical research and global citizenship is highly valued by employers in a wide range of public professions and private sector businesses.

How we support you

  • Whilst at UEL you will have a personal tutor to act as an adviser on academic matters, such as choice of options, and personal matters for when perhaps things don't go quite as planned and to generally advise you about how you might benefit from the various services offered in the university.
  • We offer you a range of data gathering and presentation skills.
  • Study skills support at the start of your Programme and on-going support throughout your Programme.
  • We will help you plan a strategy for building a career – supporting you seeking working experience/placement opportunities, writing a CV, doing a web site, writing letters of introduction, filling in application forms.
  • UEL provides a range of medical, counselling, and financial support and services to all students
  • There are a wide range of student societies which can enrich your experience of being a student.

Bonus factors

The BA Sociology Programme at UEL has a research-active and dedicated staff team and international student body.

Programme aims and learning outcomes

What is this Programme designed to achieve?

This Programme is designed to give you the opportunity to:

  • Develop conceptual knowledge of developments in modernity and globalisation.
  • Provide an empirical understanding of social structure and the changes it is undergoing. 
  • Acquire specialist knowledge of individual social theorists.
  • Become aware of the importance of historical and comparative analysis.
  • Undertake data recovery and analysis
  • Be able to draw on materials from a range of sources and demonstrate an ability to synthesize them.
  • Be able to assess a range of diverse perspectives and discuss the strengths of each for the understanding of events.
  • Prepare for future employment

What will you learn?

Knowledge and understanding

  • Theoretical approaches to modernity, identity formation, globalisation and social justice
  • Statistical and empirical data providing an informed overview of changing social structures
  • A variety of methodological and research skills
  • The ability to communicate in a clear, informed and authoritative fashion

'Thinking' skills

  • Understanding a range of academic texts
  • Summarising and synthesising theories and evidence
  • Access to contemporary debates about the world and the interests that inform them
  • Exploring what it means to be a global citizen in the 21st Century

Subject-Based Practical skills

  • Use of Information Technology and the Internet for information retrieval and presentation
  • Qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • Ability to conduct informed debate on current social issues

Skills for life and work

  • Professional presentation and communication skills
  • Critical appraisal of arguments and evidence
  • Autonomous planning and management of the learning process
  • Information Technology skills including a range software packages
  • Group and communication skills for working with others

The Programme structure

Introduction

All Programmes are credit-rated to help you to understand the amount and level of study that is needed.

One credit is equal to 10 hours of directed study time (this includes everything you do e.g. lecture, seminar and private study).

Credits are assigned to one of 5 levels:

3          equivalent in standard to GCE 'A' level and is intended to prepare students for year one of an undergraduate degree Programme

4          equivalent in standard to the first year of a full-time undergraduate degree Programme

5          equivalent in standard to the second year of a full-time undergraduate degree Programme

6          equivalent in standard to the third year of a full-time undergraduate degree Programme

7          equivalent in standard to a Masters degree

Credit rating

The overall credit-rating of this Programme is 360 credits.

Typical duration

The expected duration of this Programme is 3 years full-time or 4 years part-time. 

It is possible to move from full-time to part-time study and vice-versa to accommodate any external factors such as financial constraints or domestic commitments.  Many of our students make use of this flexibility and this may impact on the overall duration of their study period. A student cannot normally continue study on a Programme after 4 years of study in full time mode unless exceptional circumstances apply and extenuation has been granted. The absolute limit for completion of a Programme (e.g., if time is spent intermitting) is 8 years from first enrolment.

How the teaching year is divided

The teaching year begins in September and ends in May. A detailed Academic Calendar is available from the UEL Website

A typical student, in full-time attendance mode of study, will register for 120 credits in an academic year. A student in a part-time mode of study may register for up to 90 credits in any academic year.

What you will study when

A student registered in a full-time attendance mode will take 120 credits per year. Typically this will be comprised of four 30 credit Modules. The exact number may differ if the Programme is comprised of 15, 45 or 60 credits Modules.  An honours degree student will complete Modules totalling 120 credits at level four, Modules totalling 120 credits at level five and Modules totalling 120 credits at level six.

Modules are defined as:

  • Core - Must be taken
  • Option - Select from a range of identified Modules within the Programme

The following are the core and optional requirements for the single and major pathways for the BA Sociology degree.

Level

Module

Code

Module Title

Distance learning

Y/N

Credits

 

Status*

4

SC4002

Thinking Sociologically

N

30

Core

4

SC4003

Researching East London 1

N

30

Core

4

SC4004

Globalisation & Modern Britain

N

30

Core

4

SC4001

Introduction to Social Policy

N

30

Core

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

SC5003

Social Theory

N

30

Core

5

SC5002

Researching East London 2

N

30

Core

5

SC5001

Delivering Social Welfare in the 21st Century

N

30

Option

5

SC5004

Self, Nation & Politics

N

30

Option

5

SC5005

Adventures in Intersectionality

N

30

Option

5

SC5007

Understanding Social Change

N

30

Option

5

AI5303

Social Movements in the Radical Twentieth Century

N

30

Option

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

SC6000

Research and Dissertation Workshop

N

45

Core

6

SC6001

Work Based Leaning Placement Module

N

30

Option

6

SC6014

Constructions of 'Race' in Culture and Politics

N

15

Option

6

SC6016

Life Histories

N

15

Option

6

SC6017

Nationalism in a Global Era

N

15

Option

6

SC6011

Critical Approaches to Class

N

15

Option

6

SC6015

The Sociology of Identity and Difference

N

15

Option

6

SC6010

Housing and Urban Regeneration

N

15

Option

6

SC6018

Surveillance, Technology and Society

N

15

Option

6

SC6012

Generations, Age and Meaning

N

15

Option

6

SC6013

Gender Studies

N

15

Option

6

AI 6212

Islam and Society

N

15

Option

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please Note – A core Module for a Programme is a Module which a student must have passed (i.e. been awarded credit) in order to achieve the relevant named award. An optional Module for a Programme is a Module selected from a range of Modules available on the Programme.

Requirements for gaining an award

In order to gain an honours degree you will need to obtain 360 credits including:

  • A minimum of 120 credits at level four or higher
  • A minimum of 120 credits at level five or higher
  • A minimum of 120 credits at level six or higher

In order to gain an ordinary degree  you will need to obtain a minimum of 300 credits including:

  • A minimum of 120 credits at level four or higher
  • A minimum of 120 credits at level five or higher
  • A minimum of  60 credits at level six or higher

In order to gain a Diploma of Higher Education you will need to obtain at least 240 credits including a  minimum of 120 credits at level four or higher and 120 credits at level five or higher

In order to gain a Certificate of Higher Education you will need to obtain 120 credits at level four or higher

Requirements for gaining an award

In order to gain an honours degree you will need to obtain 360 credits including:

  • A minimum of 120 credits at level four or higher
  • A minimum of 120 credits at level five or higher
  • A minimum of 120 credits at level six or higher

In order to gain an ordinary degree  you will need to obtain a minimum of 300 credits including:

  • A minimum of 120 credits at level four or higher
  • A minimum of 120 credits at level five or higher
  • A minimum of  60 credits at level six or higher

In order to gain a Diploma of Higher Education you will need to obtain at least 240 credits including a  minimum of 120 credits at level four or higher and 120 credits at level five or higher

In order to gain a Certificate of Higher Education you will need to obtain 120 credits at level four or higher

Degree Classification

Where a student is eligible for an Honours degree by passing a valid combination of module to comprise an award and has gained the minimum of 240 UEL credits at level 5 or level 6 on the current enrolment for the programme, including a minimum of 120 UEL credits at level 6, the award classification is determined by calculating;

The arithmetic mean of the best 90 credits at level 6

x

0.8

+

The arithmetic mean of the next best 90 credits at levels 5 and/or 6

x

0.2

and applying the mark obtained as a percentage, with all decimals points rounded up to the nearest whole number, to the following classification

70% - 100%

First Class Honours

60% - 69%

Second Class Honours, First Division

50% - 59%

Second Class Honours, Second Division

40% - 49%

Third Class Honours

0% - 39%

Not passed

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning

Knowledge and understanding is developed through

  • Lectures and reading on globalisation and related sociological themes
  • Workshops, seminars, group work discussions and exercises
  • Lectures and practical exercises in social research
  • Private study in preparation for contact hours and for assessment.

'Thinking' skills are developed through

  • Debating a wide variety of course materials
  • Clarifying research questions through deciphering of texts
  • Assessing theoretical arguments, evidence and research designs
  • Summarising and synthesising materials into key points

Practical skills are developed through

  • Working with others in workshops
  • Using ICT skills to search web and use analytical and presentation software
  • Carrying out data collection exercises
  • Constructing research reports

General skills are developed through

  • Presentations
  • Managing work loads
  • Participating in the group life of the Programme
  • Making arguments in a considered and constructive fashion

Assessment

Knowledge is assessed by

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Reviews
  • Examinations

Thinking skills are assessed by

  • Seminar discussions
  • Structure of argument in essays
  • Knowledge of relevant texts
  • Responses to exam questions

Practical skills are assessed by

  • Library and internet searches
  • Preparing presentations
  • Managing workload and Programme deadlines
  • The Research Project

Skills for life and work (general skills) are assessed by

  • Presentations
  • Use of information technology in assessment
  • Research
  • Working with others

How we assure the quality of this Programme

Before this Programme started, the following was checked:

  • there would be enough qualified staff to teach the Programme;
  • adequate resources would be in place;
  • the overall aims and objectives were appropriate;
  • the content of the Programme met national benchmark requirements;
  • the Programme met any professional/statutory body requirements;
  • the proposal met other internal quality criteria covering a range of issues such as admissions policy, teaching, learning and assessment strategy and student support mechanisms.

This is done through a process of Programme approval which involves consulting academic experts including some subject specialists from other institutions.

How we monitor the quality of this Programme

The quality of this Programme is monitored each year through evaluating:

  • external examiner reports (considering quality and standards);
  • statistical information (considering issues such as the pass rate);
  • student feedback.

Drawing on this and other information Programme teams undertake the annual Review and Enhancement Process which is co-ordinated at School level and includes student participation. The process is monitored by the University's Quality Standing Committee.

Once every six years an in-depth review of the whole Subject Area is undertaken by a panel that includes at least two external subject specialists. The panel considers documents, looks at student work, speaks to current and former students and speaks to staff before drawing its conclusions. The result is a report highlighting good practice and identifying areas where action is needed.

The role of the Programme committee

This Programme has a Programme committee comprising all relevant teaching staff, student representatives and others who make a contribution towards the effective operation of the Programme (e.g. library/technician staff). The committee has responsibilities for the quality of the Programme. It provides input into the operation of the Review and Enhancement Process and proposes changes to improve quality. The Programme committee plays a critical role in the University's quality assurance procedures.

The role of external examiners

The standard of this Programme is monitored by at least one external examiner. External examiners have two primary responsibilities:

  • To ensure the standard of the Programme
  • To ensure that justice is done to individual students

External examiners fulfil these responsibilities in a variety of ways including:

  • Approving exam papers/assignments
  • Attending assessment boards
  • Reviewing samples of student work and moderating marks
  • Ensuring that regulations are followed
  • Providing feedback through an annual report that enables us to make improvements for the future

Listening to the views of students

The following methods for gaining student feedback are used on this Programme:

  • Student evaluation of Modules through anonymous questionnaires
  • Student representation on Programme Committees (meeting two times per year)
  • Informal discussions with lecturers on a one to one or group basis
  • The Personal Tutorial System

Students are notified of the action taken through:

  • circulating the review and enhancement process report
  • student representation on Programme committee meetings
  • informal discussions on an ongoing basis
  • one to one meetings with a lecturer where appropriate

Listening to the views of others

The following methods are used for gaining the views of other interested parties:

  • Questionnaires to former students
  • Placements Officers
  • Employers

Where you can find further information

Further information about this Programme is available from: