What Will You Study

Lancaster’s Politics and Sociology degree is taught by academic staff who are shaping the study of Politics and Sociology today. Politics and International Relations at Lancaster is ranked number one in the North West by The Guardian University Guide 2014, while our Sociology Department is one of the top five in the UK for research in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (2008).

You’ll develop a wide-ranging understanding of how political ideas and institutions shape the way societies are organised and have the opportunity to relate your interest in social and cultural themes to real world political events and current affairs.

In your first year, you’ll follow the core Politics and Governance in the Contemporary World and Introduction to Sociology modules. You’ll increasingly specialise, with second-year subjects including Politics of Development; Modern Political Thought; Understanding Social Thought, and Research Skills and Techniques. Your final year options cover topics such as Africa and Global Politics; Islamic Politics; Contemporary Issues in Human Rights, The Chinese Century?; Terror;  and Doing Sociological Research.