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Social Sciences

Social Science

Course Summary

Our Social Sciences course is specifically designed to provide you with choice and flexibility. The core modules of Politics and International Relations, Sociology and Academic Skills equip you with the essential foundations in analytical and problem-solving skills. These modules are supported by optional modules in History and Criminology, where you can study areas as diverse as the consequences of crime, behavioural economics and conformity.

Lectures and seminars provide the academic framework for the Social Sciences course and are complemented by a range of other activities such as case-studies, modelling and project work. You will have plenty of contact with staff who will teach you, with 19 hours per week of contact time and up to 4 hours per week of English Language. This will leave any remaining time for independent learning, researching and preparing for assessments, lectures and seminars. Assessments will take a variety of different forms allowing you to demonstrate a range of skills .

The flexibility of the Social Sciences course provides you with a range of options for continuing study and will equip you with the skills needed to enter undergraduate courses in areas such as Politics, International Relations, History or Criminology, depending on the options you choose.

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Core Modules

Politics and International Relations

This module will introduce students to the fundamental aspects of the academic discipline of Politics. Students will discover the relative merits of the main approaches in international relations and how they can be applied to contemporary issues globally whilst also unearthing the political ideologies of conservatism, liberalism and socialism. Students will develop a wide range of analytical and practical skills, including the ability to conduct research, debate and construct reasoned arguments, all of which will be invaluable in preparing for degree-level study and beyond.


This module examines how sociologists have made sense of the world we live in and the theories established to explain the patterns and conformity of social life. Students will delve into the nature of 'society' and use critical analysis of social forces to review the impact on development of different groups in society. Students will develop investigative and research skills that will enable them to interpret information from different sources. The skills and knowledge gained in this module will prepare participants for a wide range of degree-level courses.

Academic Skills

Academic skills are strategies and techniques that enable students to make the most efficient use of their time and to reach their academic potential. This dynamic module will provide students with strategies and skills such as structuring arguments, decoding questions and providing peer-review feedback to prepare for degree-level study and beyond.

Elective Modules (students must select one of the following)


Criminology is more than just the study of committing crimes; it is the understanding of how crime affects society as a whole. This module will introduce students to Criminology as a discipline and will equip participants with a wide range of skills such as effective research, the ability to apply criminological theory to the assessment of the criminal justice system and evaluation of media representations of crime and the perceptions they generate.


The aim of this module is to encourage students to think reflectively and critically about the nature of the historical discipline. You will be able to apply your analytical and critical-thinking skills in order to question assumptions, evaluate the reliability of historical sources and evidence and compare propositions. Students will examine some of the major themes and approaches in History, reviewing new methods, theories and ways of communicating History in the twenty-first century.

Please note that elective modules will not operate if fewer than ten (10) students opt to study the unit. In the event that an elective unit is unable to run, students will be required to opt for a different elective taught within the course. Please see our terms and conditions for more information.