Politics and Sociology (Placement Year) BA Hons - 2020 Entry
Lancaster’s Politics and Sociology degree is taught by academic staff who are shaping the study of Politics and Sociology today. 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.
You will have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This experience will boost your employment prospects and will help you to decide on your career direction and the kind of organisation in which you want to work once you graduate. You will be doing a real, responsible job – with all the satisfaction that brings. Our Placements Team will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement that will support your professional development. Applying for a placement is a competitive process and the preparatory modules you will complete in years one and two are designed to give you the best chance of success in your placement applications. You will also be provided with dedicated workshops, 1:1 appointments with careers professionals as well as opportunities to speak with employers here on campus.
During the placement year you will remain a Lancaster University student which means that you will still be eligible for a student loan, have access to facilities such as the library and receive discounts on transport and council tax. Your tuition fee will be reduced to 20% during the placement year.
The placement will enhance your understanding of the connections between theory and practice and this will benefit your final year of study. This is an exciting opportunity to build up experience and transferable skills, as well as to make contacts with potential employers which will place you a step ahead in the graduate recruitment market.
A Level ABB
IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.
International Baccalaureate 32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects.
BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Merit
We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Bodies in Society
- Climate Change and Society
- Comparative Politics of the Asia Pacific and the Middle East
- Consumer Culture and Advertising
- Economics for the Real World
- Ethics: Theory and Practice
- Friendship, Intimacy and Society
- Gender, Sexuality and Society
- Indian Politics, Society and Religion
- International Relations and Security
- Introduction to Peace Studies
- The Politics of Development
- The Politics of the European Union
- The United Kingdom: State, Politics and Policies
- Africa and Global Politics
- Britain in the World
- China in the Modern World
- Cities, Cultures, Creativities - Urban Development in the Age of Global Media
- Classic Encounters
- Contemporary Issues in Human Rights
- Contemporary Issues in the Middle East
- Disasters: Why do things go wrong?
- Elections, Voters and Political Parties
- Exploring the Persian Gulf
- Feminism and Social Change
- Independent Dissertation Project
- International Political Economy of Globalization
- Islamic Politics
- Living with Capitalism: Class, Distribution and Recognition
- Media, Religion and Politics
- Nations and Migration
- Politics Employability and Engagement through Outreach
- Politics of Cultural Diversity
- Politics of Global Danger
- PPR in Education
- Reading Political Theory
- Religion and politics
- Religion and Violence
- Seminar in Contemporary Moral Philosophy
- Society and Drugs
- Sociology goes to Hollywood
- Sociology of the Future
- Understanding External Intervention in Violent Conflicts
- US Foreign Policy since 1945
- Violence and Society
Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
A Politics and Sociology degree at Lancaster will help you develop valuable skills in research, analysis and communication, as well as a range of written, team working and time management skills that are increasingly sought after by graduate employers.
Your degree focuses on understanding social and civic processes, so it is particularly suitable for careers in the Civil Service, local government, public affairs, charities and social welfare organisations.
Former graduates now use their skills in commerce, industry, accountancy, law, teaching, academic work, journalism and the armed forces.
Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
Channel Islands and the Isle of Man
Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more details here: Island Students.
For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page
Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.
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