Unless indicated otherwise the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2024.
In addition to your core modules from each of the main disciplines which comprise your joint honours degree programme, you will have the opportunity to take modules provided by experts in a range of fields.
Modules in the first year
Most people have not studied social policy at advanced level, so the first year is designed to help you find your feet and get up to speed both with social policy and the other main discipline which you have elected to study.
- Understanding Politics
- Introduction to Political Theory
- Social Problems and Social Policy: Social Science and Action part 1 and 2
- Introduction to Social Policy
- Introduction to Social Divisions
- Pathways to Political Research 1 and 2
Modules in the second year
In the second year you will focus upon gaining research skills for your third-year dissertation, plus the core modules from the other main discipline which you have elected to study. You will also have opportunities to tailor your degree to reflect your developing skills and interests through a range of specialist module choices.
You will also take either:
- Comparative Politics or
- Research Design
- You will also choose 4 optional modules from across departments.
In your third year you will register for the equivalent of 120 credits at the host institution. You will have to undertake and pass the assessment for 60 credits of the modules for which you are registered at the host institution. A pass is required for progression to the 4th year of the programme. These credits will not contribute to the overall degree classification.
- POLSIS year abroad
- Year Abroad Assessment Module
Modules in the final year
In addition to choosing modules from a wide range of options, you will undertake an independent research project on a topic of your own choosing.
- Dissertation (POLSIS or Social Policy)
You must also choose optional modules from across each discipline.
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.