Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024
First year modules
In your first year of study you will take a number of compulsory modules to develop your sociological and educational knowledge.
- Introduction to Social Divisions
- The Sociological Imagination
- Young People and Social Change
- Introduction to Developmental Psychology Part 1
- Introduction to Developmental Psychology Part 2
- Sociology of Everyday Life
- Contemporary Issues in Education: learning communities in higher education
- Contemporary Issues in Education: engaging with research
Second year modules
In the second year you will extend your subject knowledge.
- Modern Sociological Theory
- Researching Childhood and Education
To prepare for the placement you will attend workshops in the Spring of the previous academic year and then negotiate your own placement in an educational context or setting. A minimum of 70 hours of placement learning is expected, although many students do significantly in excess of this. The placement is undertaken at the end of the summer term of the previous academic year to when the module is assessed, over the following summer holiday period or in the early autumn term of the year in which the module is assessed. The assignment is a 4000 word reflective learning journal and you are carefully prepared for writing this.
Recent and past placements have been undertaken in a range of settings, for example: as voluntary teaching assistants in schools; shadowing an education professional; working on an educational research project; leading educational activities on a summer camp or language school; shadowing a prison educator; working in a tutorial school, and; helping in an outdoor education centre. Placements can be based in the UK or in another country overseas. A risk assessment process will help you plan safely for your placement.
You will also choose 40 credits from options provided by the School of Sociology and 20 credits from options provided by the School of Education.
Optional modules include
- Education Policy and Social Justice
- Individual Differences and Learning
- Social Psychology and Learning
- Gender and Sexuality
- Changing Behaviours
- Sociology of Race and Ethnicity - A Global Perspective
- The Development of Anxiety in Childhood and Adolescence and Applications to Education
- Ethics in Education
- Poverty, Class Inequality
- Primary and Early years education: theory and practice
- Enterprising Solutions to Social Problems.
Third year modules
In your final year you will further develop your knowledge and skills in Education and Sociology. As well as the compulsory modules, there are a variety of optional modules to choose from.
- Contemporary Social Theory
You must also choose 60 credits from the optional modules - 40 credits from the School of Sociology and 20 credits from the School of Education. Optional modules include:
- Children as Citizens
- Critical Approaches to Educational Psychology
- Divided Publics
- Identity, Politics and Everyday Life
- Professional Development
- Quantitative Data Analysis
- Reclaiming Education: past, present and futures
- Sociology of Power Control and Resistance
- Sociology of Success and Spectacle
- Technology and Society
Those who transfer to the Year Abroad course will undertake their third year overseas in one of our partner institutions. The modules followed in the host university will build on existing knowledge from the first two years of your degree. In the fourth year, you will complete the third year of your BA (Hons) Education and Sociology degree at the University of Birmingham.
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.