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UDSSLPLY - BSc Sociology and Social Policy

Course Specification


Validation status Validated
Highest award Bachelor of Arts Level Honours
Possible interim awards Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Higher Education, Diploma of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science
Total credits for course 360
Awarding institution London Metropolitan University
Teaching institutions London Metropolitan University
School School of Social Sciences
Subject Area Criminology and Sociology
Attendance options
Option Minimum duration Maximum duration
Full-time 3 YEARS  
Part-time 4 YEARS  
Course leader  

About the course and its strategy towards teaching and learning and towards blended learning/e-learning

The over- riding aim for this course is to provide modules that are responsive to changing demands of students, professional bodies and employers in the general area of social policy & sociology. This is undertaken through the application of social policy to other social science disciplines (i.e., Health Studies) and inter-disciplinary studies (i.e. criminology). Emphasis throughout is upon what the student can apply to their eventual workplace performance. For students undertaking these courses the aims are to offer a contemporary course relevant to a career in a range of welfare agencies both public and private. This is done by helping students investigate the effect that welfare policy has on our everyday lives in a domestic and international context, and giving them the intellectual and practical skills to do so. The ability to be self-reflective and apply the methodological approaches of social policy and sociology to the analysis of issues is also essential to this course. Overall social policy and sociology sits in a unique place within the university as a contemporary study of the changing welfare environment in a sociological context that effects so much of people’s everyday lives.

Course aims

The teaching and learning strategies are situated around the acquisition by students of analytical tools that can help them unpack social problems in the context of sociological and social policy questions. This incorporates acquiring an understanding of the process of social policy decision-making and implementation in a historical context. As well as to be aware of the critical issues that apply to issues of class, race and gender and questions concerning social rights. These tools are designed not only to be theoretical in some respects but also applied to particular practical circumstances. To do this teaching takes places along the lines of examining and evaluating welfare issues – education, health, social protection and so on - in terms of relevant modes of explanation, research and policy analysis. This is not only focused on the UK. As students progress in their studies comparative analysis is introduced in order that students become aware of the key differences and convergences among welfare regimes.

On this basis on the completion of the course students will know and understand how to apply the subject for employment and professional training in a wide range of professional and managerial occupations in the public, private and independent sectors, including housing, health care, education, employment, social care and protection, para-legal, community safety, urban regeneration and equality services. In terms of transferable skills for the employment market, students would have demonstrated through informal and formal assessment that they can work effectively both in a team and independently on a broad research topic or a focussed welfare project. So that through research methods, including their appropriate IT application, they can seek, handle and interpret quantitative and qualitative information. And be able to conduct domestic and international analysis of social policy and be competent communicators of the political, social and economic context in which social policy is constructed and implemented through oral and written forms of expression.

Course learning outcomes

The following learning outcomes incorporate and depend on systematic understanding of the key aspects of the knowledge base of Sociology and Social Policy, including a coherent and detailed knowledge of some specialist areas in depth.

On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

1. deploy accurately established techniques of analysis and enquiry within Sociology and Social Policy;

2. devise and sustain arguments, and/or to solve problems, using ideas and techniques, some of which are at the forefront of Sociology and Social Policy;

3. describe and comment upon particular aspects of current research, or equivalent advanced scholarship, in Sociology and Social Policy, recognising the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge;

4. manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to Sociology and Social Policy);

5. apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects;

6. critically evaluate arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions - to a problem;

7. communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences;

8. exercise initiative and personal responsibility, including decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts;

9. undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature

Course learning outcomes / Module cross reference

SS4004
SS4017
SS4008
SS5006
SS5066
SS5015
SS6051
SS6P02
SS6P03
SS5003
SS6002
SS6000
SS5005
SS6052
SS6057
SS6W53

Learning outcomes cover LO1-LO9

Principle QAA benchmark statements

Sociology
Social Policy and Administration
http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/SBS-Social-Policy-16.pdf

Assessment strategy

Sociology and Social Policy, as disciplines, lend themselves to a variety of teaching and learning styles and these are, in turn, reflected in the variety of assessment tools employed throughout the course. Within the general principle of mixed mode assessment can be found a diversity of instruments: seen and unseen examinations, short answer papers, practical reports and reviews, case studies, group assessment projects, seminar presentations and essays. Transferable skills have been embedded in the learning outcomes of the core modules. They have been mapped to ensure that they are assessed at every level.

Organised work experience, work based learning, sandwich year or year abroad

Sociology or Social Policy Placement – is a designate module available to students entering their 3rd year. It is usually undertaken over the summer period – between 2nd and 3rd year.

Career, employability and opportunities for continuing professional development

On the completion of the course students will know and understand how to apply the subject for employment and professional training in a wide range of professional and managerial occupations in the public, private and independent sectors, including housing, health care, education, employment, social care and protection, para-legal, community safety, urban regeneration and equality services. In terms of transferable skills for the employment market, students would have demonstrated through informal and formal assessment that they can work effectively both in a team and independently on a broad research topic or a focussed welfare project.

Career opportunities

Successful completion of this course offers improved career opportunities in central and local government, voluntary, charity and care agencies, pressure groups, research institutes and private companies. Our previous graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Friends of the Earth.

This course is also excellent preparation for further research or study.

Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • a minimum grade BBC in three A levels or minimum grades BC in at least two A levels in academic subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC National, OCR Diploma or Advanced Diploma)
  • English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)

If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Social Work Extended degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

These requirements may be varied in individual cases. Applications are welcome from mature students who have passed appropriate access or other preparatory courses or have appropriate work experience.

Official use and codes

Approved to run from 2013/14 Specification version 1 Specification status Validated
Original validation date 01 Sep 2013 Last validation date 01 Sep 2013  
Sources of funding HE FUNDING COUNCIL FOR ENGLAND
JACS codes L400 (Social Policy): 100%
Route code SSLPLY

Course Structure

Stage 1 Level 04 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SS4004 Researching Social Life Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM MON PM
          NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
SS4007 Social Problems and Social Issues Core 30 NORTH SPR+SUM FRI PM
          NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
SS4008 Sociological Imagination Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
SS4017 Introducing Social Policy Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM

Stage 2 Level 05 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SS5003 Interactive Research Methods Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
SS5015 Social Problems and Social Policy Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SS5066 Self and Society Core 15 NORTH AUT FRI AM
SS5067 Sociology of Everyday Life Core 15 NORTH SPR FRI AM
SC5050 Crime, Media and Technology Option 15 NORTH AUT FRI PM
SC5051 Youth, Crime and Violence Option 15 NORTH SPR FRI PM
SS5005 Youth, Resistance and Social Control Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU AM
SS5006 Racism and Ethnicity Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI PM
SS5014 Global Inequalities in the 21st Century Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON PM
XK0000 Extension of Knowledge Module Option 15 NORTH SPR    
          NORTH AUT    

Stage 3 Level 06 September start Offered

Code Module title Info Type Credits Location Period Day Time
SS6000 Comparative and Global Social Policy Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE AM
SS6P02 Sociology Dissertation Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
SS6P03 Social Policy Dissertation Alt Core 30 NORTH AUT+SPR TUE PM
SS6002 Living Theory Alt Core B 30 NORTH AUT+SPR FRI AM
SS6006 Gender and Sexuality Alt Core B 30 NORTH AUT+SPR THU PM
SS6033 Inclusion and Special Educational Needs Option 30 NORTH AUT+SPR MON AM
SS6054 Human Rights and Conflict Option 15 NORTH SPR THU AM
SS6057 Homelessness and Housing Policy Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE AM
          NORTH AUT THU PM
SS6058 Housing Issues and Housing Solutions Option 15 NORTH SPR THU PM
SS6063 Religion and the State Option 15 NORTH AUT THU AM
SS6W53 Sociology and Social Policy Work Placement Option 15 NORTH AUT TUE PM
          NORTH SPR