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. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.
In this programme, your first year of study is split equally between Philosophy and Sociology (60 credits in each subject). Following this, you have the option to alter your balance of study, meaning that you could take 80 credits in one subject and 40 in the other in either or both second and third year, or stay with the 60/60 balance.
Philosophy's first year modules will provide you with a thorough grounding in mainly mainstream western philosophy. You will take our compulsory modules, Problems of Philosophy, Reasoning and Logic, as well as 20 credits of optional modules.
See our first year Philosophy module descriptions (compulsory and optional)
In your first year you will be introduced to degree level sociology through Social Worlds and the Sociological Imagination, gain an understanding of stratification through Social Divisions, and learn the basics of research design and methods.
- Research Skills and Literacy: Philosophy and Method in the Social Sciences (20 credits)
- Social Divisions (20 credits)
- Social Worlds and the Sociological Imagination (20 credits)
In second year, there are no compulsory Philosophy modules and you can pursue the topics and questions that interest you the most. Depending on your chosen balance of study, you chose 40, 60 or 80 credits from our range of optional modules.
See our second year Philosophy module descriptions
The second year builds on the first year by developing your understanding of Modern Sociological Theory, and introducing debates about the nature of Global Societies. You can choose a specialist option in either Gender and Sexuality or Ethnic Relations, and receive more advanced methods training in data analysis and preparation for your final year dissertation.
- Modern Sociology Theory (A+B) (20 credits)
- Data Analysis & Research Design (20 credits)
- Global Societies (20 credits)
You can apply to study abroad for a year in an approved university around the world. If you achieve a grade of 2.1 or above in your first year then you will be invited to apply for a Year Abroad in your second year. If your application is successful, you will go abroad in your third year and return to us for your final year.
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As in second year, there are no compulsory Philosophy modules in your final year however, you will be expected to undertake an independent research project. Joint Honours Philosophy students can chose to do this in either of their two disciplines. If you do a project in your other discipline, you are not obliged to do another in Philosophy.
See our final year Philosophy module descriptions
Your training in key sociological ideas is completed with a module on Contemporary Social Theory, and you can then specialise in the areas of the discipline that interest you most. Our teaching staff, who are active researchers, run options in their own specialist fields.
Most importantly, you will research and write an independent, supervised dissertation, or extended essay, which brings together your research skills on a project defined by you. This can be focused on Philosophy, Sociology or a topic that bridges both disciplines.
- Dissertation (40 credits)
- Contemporary Social Theory A & B (20 credits)
Joint Honours Flexibility
Every degree programme at the University is divided into 120 credits of study for each year of the programme. In the first year of a Joint Honours programme, you will study 60 credits in each subject as you learn the core elements of the disciplines. We recognise that students on Joint Honours programmes might come to favour one subject slightly more than another. To account for this, we have added more flexibility into the second and final years of our programmes. In the second year, you can stick with the 60-60 split between the two subjects or shift to a 80-40 credit weighting, effectively a major/ minor combination. You can either go back to 60-60 in the final year, maintain the same 80-40 split or reverse the major and the minor and go to a 40-80 weighting.