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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

112* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Studying Sociology as a Joint Honours subject at Derby will broaden your career scope and prepare you for life as an actively engaged citizen.

Everybody has their own ideas about society, but how do we gain an accurate picture of what is really happening? Studying Sociology at Derby will help you analyse and understand the dramatic and diverse changes affecting our lives today.

You'll look at key approaches to social dynamics, politics, and culture, consider how the modern world has developed and where it’s going, and explore how we can bring about change for the better.

Challenge your perceptions

You'll choose from fascinating topics which encourage you to think critically and ethically. You’ll find yourself discussing a broad range of social trends, including controversies around social inequality, race and ethnicity, politics, the nature of evil, and the cult of celebrity.

Enjoyable and engaging

The course is structured around four avenues - crime and justice; culture and belief; politics and social justice; and young people and education - which you can combine to match your own interests.

We have designed the first year of the degree to make the experience of studying Sociology enjoyable for all applicants. Those moving up from 'A' level Sociology, as well as those bringing other skills, knowledge and experiences, will find something fresh and engaging on offer.

By the end of your studies, you'll have developed practical research skills, the ability to analyse arguments and the confidence to justify your own opinions.

Well prepared for the world of work

We’ll help you to acquire the knowledge, skills and experience to excel in your chosen career. You’ll take a compulsory second year work placement module where you can gain experience with an employer of your choice. This will not only broaden your practical know-how but also equip you with skills in CV writing, interview techniques and reflective thinking. There’s also the option to take an additional placement in your third year.

Build your research skills

We offer exciting opportunities for you to put your knowledge to practical use. You'll undertake ‘real world’ research through your independent studies module, exploring sociological themes in which you have developed a particular interest. We give you a thorough grounding in research methods, fieldwork and data collection which will serve you well in your future career.

Broader horizons

Our focus is international in scope, so you’ll consider the key sociological questions facing global populations. There is the chance to study Sociology abroad for one semester as part of our exchange programme with a number of American colleges and universities. Experience overseas showcases your resourcefulness, confidence and willingness to embrace new opportunities.

Expertise to inspire you

You'll be taught by experienced teachers who are specialists in their field and whose research is opening up debates about some of the most pressing issues facing society today.

Our staff are in demand for their expertise, regularly publishing journal articles and delivering conference papers in the UK and overseas.

Popular Joint Honours combinations

Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree. Popular combinations with Sociology include:

What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4CJ528

Crime, Justice and Society

This module introduces students to some key basic concepts in criminology, including the prevalence of offending; competing explanations of crime causation; and patterns of offending amongst different groups in society. The module places this examination within the context of our wider society and considers the socio-economic, political and cultural context that influences much of our thinking about crime. Exploring the relationship between crime and society, the module considers the impact of social inequalities and socio-economic status on experiences of crime. Issues of gender, race and ethnicity, class, and social exclusion are analysed, and their links with the dynamics of crime and its control are explored. Responses to behaviour labelled as ‘criminal’ are evaluated. In addition, we consider the role of government, governance and political power in shaping how we understand, and respond to, crime in our societies.

This module equips students with the basic skills necessary to study criminology from an interdisciplinary perspective and to develop their understanding of key concepts surrounding crime, crime control and the enactment of justice and punishment.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4SL513

Media, Culture and Society

The mass media provide and regulate access to information, entertainment and news stories for global audiences. They do so nationally and internationally. Traditionally, print media, radio, television and film have been understood to shape attitudes and beliefs. More recent media developments such as the increased interactivity of Web 2.0 and digital convergence have drawn fresh attention to debates around the relationship between audiences and media producers. This module will introduce students to core debates about representation, meaning, ‘media effects’, local cultures and global cultures, media ownership and media aesthetics. In doing so, the module will be concerned with the complex and sometimes contradictory relationship between society and culture in addition to the varied ways in which the mass media can both deepen and challenge this relationship.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SL507

Capitalism, Culture and Class: Social Theory in Classical Modernity

Sociology came into being in the course of the late nineteenth century as an attempt to understand a world that had been utterly transformed by industrial and political revolutions - a world that promised much (freedom, equality, the conquest of scarcity) but which was also pregnant with potential disaster (the destruction of age-old customs and the sense of communal belonging the creation of extremes of wealth and poverty, the misuse of powerful new technological forces). This module traces the ways in which social theory developed in response to the political, economic and cultural changes wrought by the twentieth century, how the main theoretical traditions of sociological analysis understood the forces at work and how they criticised and sought to influence social developments such that the hopes of a just, rational and democratic society might be realised.
20 Credits
optional
Exam

Code: 5SL508

‘Race’ and Ethnicity in Modern Britain

Despite increasingly frequent calls for tolerance and a greater move toward so-called multicultural societies, ‘race’ and ethnicity nevertheless, continue to be sources of running tensions and debates. Drawing on sociological, historical, and geographic perspectives, this module will examine how ‘race’ and ethnicity have come to be conceptualised and constructed in the modern British society. It will address a range of contemporary issues related to ‘race’ and ethnicity including integration, multiculturalism, Islamophobia, and nationalism and national identity. Students will be encouraged to apply the concepts and theories introduced in the module to their understandings of both their own ethnic identities and those of others, as well as to their personal exposure to issues related to ‘race’ and ethnicity in everyday social and cultural contexts.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SL519

Researching Society 2: Qualitative Approaches

This core module is designed to provide students with direct experience of a number of qualitative methods of social research. In addition, it will provide them with the foundations of research design and ethics. The module will introduce students to the kinds of reflective questioning that is necessary to the process of matching the research methodology to the research question being explored. The emphasis here is on qualitative methods and their strengths and weaknesses will be explored through lectures, seminars and workshops. The experiential detail that qualitative research can provide is crucial to understanding the lived experiences of social phenomena and this module will equip students with the skills necessary to produce qualitative data.

As well as empowering students with the ability to design and perform their own research, the module will enable them to assess the value of qualitative data they encounter in professional and other settings.

The assessed research proposal can, but does not have to, be used as dissertation plan.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SL520

Researching Society 3: Statistics in Social Research

This module is designed to familiarise you with the use of statistics in sociological research and the power of statistics in influencing opinion in politics, business and the public sphere. It is intended as a ‘beginner’s guide’ and makes no assumptions about prior statistical knowledge or maths ability. It will teach you the basics of survey design in addition to data collection and will introduce to essential data analysis skills including showing you how variables can be used to test a hypothesis. The module will give you a solid grounding in descriptive statistics and basic multivariate/regression analysis. These abilities will enable you to conduct your own statistical research and also to assess the strengths of statistical claims in a range of settings.

The teaching is done via lecture, seminars, and, crucially, hands-on sessions in which you learn to employ computer software such as SPSS to analyse data, including population level made available by the Office for National Statistics. As well as empowering students with the ability to design and perform their own research, the module will enable them to assess the value of quantitative data they encounter in professional and other settings.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SL521

Sociology in the World 1: Putting Sociology to Work

This module offers you the opportunity to put sociology into practice by undertaking 60 hours of work experience in a role of your own choosing combined with academic study. This can take place in a wide range of settings, for example, public service organisations, companies, voluntary, community, and charitable organisations. Throughout the module, you will enhance your employment prospects by practising your job-hunting skills, developing your transferable skills, and acquiring a range of experiences. Your work experience of choice should be of demonstrable benefit to you, either in terms of the opportunity to practice and reflect on transferable skills, or in terms of clarifying future career options and/or postgraduate study.

You will also be introduced to the role sociology could (and should) have in the world, some of the issues around the sociology of work and workplaces, and be provided with reflective concepts to help make sense of your work and experiences to equip you with the know-how that can assist your career after graduation.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5SL522

The Sociology of Childhood and Youth

This module focuses on the construction of childhood and youth in modern society - and the contribution that sociology can make to their understanding. The module traces the ways in which childhood has come to assume the significance that it has in modern Western societies and beyond. It explores the historical emergence of ‘childhood’, seen as a distinct and separate stage of life, at a particular historical moment. It looks at how a specific understanding of childhood was and continues to be shaped by powerful social and political institutions and disciplines (the state, medicine, education, psychology, the media) and the ways in which the hopes and anxieties of our society are projected onto young people - imagined as the living embodiment of the future - with consequences for their own experiences of freedom, autonomy, surveillance and control.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SL523

Globalisation and Social Change

The concept of ‘globalisation’ is one of the most prominent - and controversial - ideas current in contemporary social science. We will begin with an overview of the contribution of major social theorists to debates about the nature and impact of globalisation and in particular social networks of communication and cultures of consumption. We will focus on the development of a global capitalist economy and the impact of globalisation on everyday working lives. We will investigate forms of, and challenges to global culture and expose the hierarchies of identity that permeate global power relations. Throughout the module, we will critically evaluate the extent to which global phenomena are experienced evenly around the globe and question if national dimensions of power are waning.

Through contemporary case studies we will look at the construction of ‘global threats’ such as terrorism, the reality of global pandemics - and the grave danger posed by a lack of effective global institutions. More recently the nature of the threat presented by global warming has provided sociologists with stark insights into the nature of social change. Is the ‘environmental threat’ better understood as a social - rather than straightforwardly biological - problem that is a matter of definition and social and political construction - demanding a ‘global’ response and the development of a ‘global’ consciousness? Finally we will investigate the nature of social change and reconfigurations of individualisation and community in a digital age.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5SL524

Urban Sociology

Although associated with the industrial revolution and nineteenth century migration from rural areas, urbanisation is an ongoing, global process. Urbanisation and cities continue to provide the spaces in which social, economic and cultural change are played out as well as being active agents of change in how we live our lives. This module will provide insight into the historical development of the modern city in addition to more recent and current forms of urban life and living. Additionally, we will explore the city as a ‘living laboratory’ and draw on students’ experiences and publically available data to examine different ways of using sociology to help understand the city. Although we will take a global perspective, the City of Derby will also be used to show global trends are reflected in local contexts. Students will take part in active lectures, seminars, city walking workshops and group debates.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SL525

Society, Government and Policy

Every society sees some issues as social problems, but there are often arguments about which issues are social problems, about the causes of the problem or how the government should respond to issues and problems as items on policy agendas. Whereas poverty, poor health, bad housing, lack of opportunities and hunger were seen as fundamental social problems during the early and middle 20th century in the UK, recently emergent issues such as social care, immigration, racism, inequality, work-life balance, teenage pregnancy have comparatively attracted more media and public attention. Therefore, it has become important to understand how social science uses evidence to ask how and why attention paid to a social issue means it is justified as a social problem(s).

The module aims introduce the key concepts, theories and ideological perspectives to identify social problems and examine competing accounts of the development of the relationship between society and government in Britain. More specifically, the module seeks to address three questions: firstly, how does an issue come to be defined as a social problem? Secondly, what kind of problems are seen as a social problem? Thirdly, how are social problems presented in the media, government investigations, and professional discourses and in the public imagination? Students will gain knowledge of how social problems emerge and UK policy responses to them, how we can analyse these social problems from a social policy perspective, as well as how the UK compares in broad terms with approaches to the construction of welfare provision in other countries.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SL527

Sociology of Gender and Sexuality

This module provides an introduction to the sociological study of gender and sexuality. Over the past two centuries the roles, relationships and identities of men, women and those living outside gender norms have changed dramatically, and this module will investigate these changes, with a particular focus on today’s world. The impact of feminism and sexual liberation movements will be a key focus of the module, since they made a major academic contribution to the study of sexuality and gender since the 1960s. The module will investigate what it means to see gender and sexuality as social constructions, and will go on to explore the ways gender and sexuality are interpreted and lived out in social settings and communities.

We will consider the social construction of masculinities, femininities and queer or alternative forms of gender and sexuality, and while the module will be focused primarily on post-industrial societies like the UK, we will also investigate sexuality and gender in a global context. The module will also address recent developments in gender and sexuality theory including queer theory, post-feminism and post-colonial feminism.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5SL528

Religion and Society

The aim of this module is to explore the role and significance of religion in the contemporary world from a sociological perspective. It provides an introduction to the sociology of religion examining religious phenomena embedded in culture and explores the sociological methods of enquiry employed in the field by both classical and contemporary thinkers. The module will explore the changing role of religion in society, the nature and extent to which theories of secularisation, globalisation and religious economy impact on societal thinking and our understanding of religious identities and religiosity. The module will examine useful measures of social change looking at how sociologists research religion and the methods they adopt. This will allow students the opportunity to bring their theoretical understanding and research skills together to conduct a small-scale research project.

Additional interests in the field include religion in contemporary Britain, religious conflicts, religiously inspired extremism, the impact of the media and, the influence of religion on ethnicity, gender and sexuality. It will also explore emerging new religious movements and alternative spiritualties. Today sociologists who study religion perform crucial roles in helping to increase understanding of religious political and personal issues such as homosexuality and abortion. They are also concerned with trends in religious and spiritual beliefs, including, in the UK context, the decline of traditional Christianity and the rise of Islam and alternative spiritualties.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6CJ510

Youth Justice

This module brings together the current state of theory, practice and evidence to give you the knowledge, confidence and knowledge base and transferable skills around working with young people at risk of offending. It will also give you the framework to assess new ideas and evidence arising in the future. The module is taught in three blocks; block one introduces you to the youth justice system operating in England and Wales providing you with a historical perspective on how the system has evolved over time and how it compares with systems in other countries. You are encouraged to reflect on political and social attitudes to young people and their impact on responses to youth crime. The second element focuses on theories of youth offending and provides you with an opportunity to consider the question, ‘why do young people commit crimes?’.

You will develop your understanding of the theoretical perspectives introduced at Level 4 that have emerged in an attempt to explain youth crime and will have the opportunity to apply these theories to the case studies of five young people that will be introduced to you during this module. The final block looks at current practice in youth justice and how the ‘what works’ movement has developed, you will also consider some of the frameworks that have been developed for judging the quality and reliability of research and the challenges this raises.

You can undertake this module alongside the sister module - Working with Young Offenders in the Spring Semester - to build towards the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate, an industry recognised practitioner-based certificate, awarded by UNITAS and endorsed by Skills for Justice. Since it was introduced in 2012 the YJEPC has been used by over half of Youth Offending Teams to enhance their members’ skills and knowledge. It is also used by the secure estate, individuals seeking to advance a career in youth justice and volunteers looking to widen their knowledge.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6CJ542

Working with Young Offenders

This module provides you with the practical skills as well as the theoretical underpinning to work with young people at risk of offending. It will give you the knowledge that you need to make informed decisions about the interventions which offer the best prospect of success in a particular case. It will also guide you to ways of implementing interventions that will engage and involve young people and hence has an applied element. The module is taught in two blocks, with an optional third if you wish to undertake the Certificate. In the first block you will consider the structural cycle of interventions and the key components of assessment, planning and review. You are encouraged to explore different approaches to assessment and consider the importance of linking assessments to intervention planning.

You will also evaluate safeguarding issues and the diversity of young people in determining the most appropriate interventions. Having looked at the cycle of intervention, block two explores the significance of building and sustaining relationships with young people at all stages of the cycle in order to promote positive outcomes. You will have the opportunity to develop your understanding of communication strategies by young offenders as well as enhance your own applied skills with a practical focus.

You can undertake this module alongside the sister module - Youth Justice - in the Autumn Semester to build towards the Youth Justice in Effective Practice Certificate, an industry recognised practitioner based certificate, awarded by UNITAS and endorsed by Skills for Justice. Since it was introduced in 2012 the YJEPC has been used by over half of the Youth Offending Teams to enhance their members’ skills and knowledge. It is also used by the secure estate, individuals seeking to advance a career in youth justice and volunteers looking to widen their knowledge.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6SL504

Humour and Society

Humour is a vital element in social interaction and an important part of individuals’ self-identity. Humour is also something that reinforces group-identity and helps define ‘us’ against ‘them’ - a potentially divisive and socially-dangerous business that is reflected in our anxieties about racist, sexist, homophobic or ageist jokes. On top of that, humour can deliberately target widely-shared beliefs and break age-old taboos, giving rise to grave offence but also potentially raising questions about the validity of our beliefs and hallowed customs. Humour is a serious and morally ambiguous phenomenon and this module examines how we might understand its role, significance and development in modern society.

The module critically examines a range of social, philosophical, psychological, anthropological and cultural theories devoted to the meaning and function of ‘humour’ and looks at the social-historical context in which these ideas were developed. It considers the changing forms of offence and acceptability by way of examples drawn from the mass-media and popular culture and it asks why a ‘sense of humour’ is seen to be such a good thing in contemporary society - does it reflect our willingness to conform to the status quo or a sly capacity for subversion?

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6SL505

Power, Discourse and Danger: Social Theory Today

How can social theory begin to understand contemporary society? Has the tradition of sociological analysis that was key to the understanding of ‘classical’ modernity been swept away with so many of the institutions and assumptions of that era - a faith in the benefits of science, confidence in the unassailable power of the nation-state, taken-for-granted identities of class, gender and race, an understanding of ‘nature’ as infinitely-renewable raw material? This module traces the ways in which social theory has both drawn on its traditions and radically renewed itself by responding to the key features of the contemporary world.

It looks at how sociological thinking responds to a world dominated by the imagery of the electronic media; how we might analyse a society where the power to shape lives and futures seems to lie with non-political experts, corporations and technocrats rather than politicians; how, in an era of globalisation we are reminded of the deep roots of Western ethnocentrism and the discursive construction of the oriental ‘other’. Finally, the module explores the ways in which social theory has been galvanised by the challenge of understanding the meaning and implications of the confrontation with apparent global environmental disaster, giving rise to a renewal of its rational-critical and ethical-political vocation.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6SL517

Digital Futures and the Global Networked Society

The relationship between technological change and societal change is complex and bidirectional. Recent advances in computing have been rapid. Moore's law relating transistor density to time predicted exponential growth in the computational capacity of integrated circuits; this growth has now held broadly true for 50 years. This has resulted in massive and unforeseen change in how we work, how we play, where we socialise, how we socialise, how we wage war, what we understand by privacy, our relationship with information, as well as many other aspects of personal, professional, and social life. But does this mean that existing social structures and divisions have changed as a result?

Sociology has responded to the new digital worlds with fresh methodologies, reformulations of existing theories as well as the identification of novel social formations and fields of activity. In this module, we will explore these new frontiers together.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6SL518

World in Conflict: War, Terrorism and Societies

The module begins with an overview of war as a concept and contrasts theories which emphasise our human disposition to violence and competition with approaches that evidence our ability to cooperate and using other forms of power and exchange. We will look at the major wars that have shaped the 21st century - from the geopolitical legacy of both world wars through to the construction of the enemy ‘other’ that dominated the cold war and the so called ‘war on terror’. We will then consider aspects of globalisation and the digital age which may be exposing us to conflict in different ways as victims, agents and bystanders.

In the second part of the module we will use contemporary examples to look at how war impacts on individuals and societies through various institutions and practices. We will consider war’s different roles for men, women and increasingly youth. As wars become more deadly for civilians and many combatants, we will ask where does war begin and end in today's societies and across lifespans? How and when can we engage meaningfully in debate about the legitimacy of war and responses to it?

Finally, we will look at the blurred boundaries of war and peace in the context of new constructions of war, terrorism and ‘terrorist’ that arguable inform and shape our everyday decisions and actions.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6SL520

Apocalypse and Conspiracy: Understanding Marginal Beliefs

Recent years have seen a revival in forms of belief have been described as ‘stigmatised knowledge’. End-time prophecies and conspiratorial explanations of world events proliferate both outside and, increasingly, within the cultural mainstream. It is notable, and sociologically interesting that these forms of understanding inform extremist political positions - white supremacists and ISIS share an apocalyptic outlook even though the details of their end times may vary. This module offers students the opportunity to explore the question of how irrational beliefs can thrive in a nominally secular age. As such the core assumptions which underpin these beliefs will be explored for evidence of common social values in order to seek to characterise the social origins of what may otherwise be understood as recidivist irrationality.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6SL521

Sociology in the World 2: Life After Graduation

In a highly competitive graduate marketplace, this module aims to give you an edge through the opportunity to spend 70 hours in a work experience position of your choice, and to critically reflect on your experiences in the job market. Your placement could take place in a wide range of settings, for example, public service organisations, private companies, voluntary, community and charitable organisations. However, you will be required to consider your future career goals before securing work experience, and you should be able to demonstrate how the one you have chosen will be of benefit (eg skills that will be acquired, networking opportunities, etc.). The aim will be to enhance your ‘work-ready’ employment prospects by practising your job-hunting skills, developing your transferable skills, acquiring of a range of experiences, and developing a graduate CV.

It will also you require to critically evaluate your skills, experiences and abilities and to be able discuss these with reference to sociological perspectives of work.

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40 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6SL522

The Sociology of Politics and Protest

Political participation is a very important aspect of everyday life in current societies as well as an essential part of political sociology. Sometimes, participation takes place in the form of voting (or non-voting), but it can also adopt other forms such as demonstrations, petitions, boycotts, flash-mobs, online and offline political discussion, etc. This module deals with questions that concern the way in which people participate in politics (when and if they do), and how this has changed over time. It will, therefore, examine different forms of political participation. Attention is paid to elections and voting in relation to factors such as social class, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, ideology, identity, political campaigns, party leadership, economic conditions and crises. Secondly, the module will focus on social movements and collective action.

It will thus deal with questions such as: how does it become possible to mobilise people and to face the risks and costs of social protest? What forms of organisation do social movements take? What conflicts do social movements address? What strategies are used to organise social protest? And how and why have social movements changed over time?

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6SL523

Gender and Inequality in the Global Age

How does globalisation affect the lives and status of women in the world? How do the processes of economic restructuring, political instability, environmental degradation and cultural change impact upon women - particularly in the ‘developing’ world? Does globalisation distinguish between men and women as it appears to do between rich and poor? How divergent are life expectancies and experiences of violence for men, women, boys and girls? How do constructions of boyhood and girlhood impact on access to education or protection from militarism or sexual abuse? Six case studies will form a central pillar of the module: and reflect changing pressures throughout life stages across the globe focusing on: female infanticide and discrimination in China; education and girlhood in Pakistan; exploitation and forced labour in Europe, masculinity and sexual violence in Latin America, access to water in Africa and women’s health globally.

We will ask if understandings of patriarchy and feminism are shared across borders and illustrate interconnections of age, culture and tradition. We will assess what commonalities might exist in how gendered inequalities are experienced and resisted? How dominant are Western and postcolonial signifiers of innocence and vulnerability, strength and paternalism in everyday and institutional responses to inequality? In conclusion, what is the outlook for greater empowerment and progress?

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6SL524

Health, Illness and Social Justice

In this module we look at the contribution of sociology to the study of health and illness. We explore the rise and evolution of the dominant 'medical model' of health and investigate some of its basic assumptions. This model (and the associated authority of the medical profession) would seem to be under attack from many different quarters: patients and self-help groups, religious and faith-based perspectives, the women's movement, 'alternative' therapists, disabled people, and so on. We examine these challenges from quarters outside of medicine and the potential ‘threat to reason’.

Further, we shall see that medical science (which is often considered objective and beneficial) is itself socially and politically constructed and potentially jeopardised by its own logic. For instance, we shall explore the tensions between the pursuit of medical excellence and profit, the tendencies to 'medicalise' and control aspects of everyday life, and persistent inequalities of health in terms of class, gender and ethnicity. Attention is also focused on the public understandings of medicine, doctor-patient relations and the idea of the patient as 'healthcare consumer’. In this way, the module shows that medical science is under threat and at the same time has become a potential threat unto itself.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

You’ll learn through lectures, seminars, multimedia presentations, online collaboration, guest speakers and class debates. In addition to our scene-setting core modules, the choice of optional modules means you can focus on issues that match your intellectual interests and career aspirations.

Fascinating fieldtrips

We make use of fieldtrips across a number of modules. These will help you gain insights into how institutions and organisations work ‘on the ground’. They will also assist you to develop observational research skills you may wish to use in your own projects.

Our Religion and Society module, for instance, features speakers from each of the major faiths and visits places of worship. We also have an active Sociology Student Society that organises social activities and events.

Work placements

In your second and third year, you have the option of taking our Sociology in the World modules, which enable you to put your growing knowledge of sociology into practice in the workplace. It’s the ideal opportunity to develop your employability skills and make vital contacts for your future career. A similar option can be taken in your third year as well.

Supporting you all the way

We pride ourselves on being approachable and supportive. You'll have a personal tutor to help and advise you throughout your degree - providing an exceptional level of support, which has been commended by external examiners.

Assessment

You’ll be assessed through essays, exams, case studies, project work, group work presentations and online discussions - a broad range of methods allowing you to demonstrate your individual strengths and abilities.

Who you will meet

Our staff specialise in a wide range of modern social issues including economic inequalities, religion, the family, culture, gender, media, crime, politics, ethnicity, terrorism, childhood, health, social policy, extremism and alternative beliefs.

Our teaching team includes:

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For joint honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

September 2021 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points112*
Specific requirements at A-level

No specific subject requirements

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

For Joint Honours degree entry you will need to choose two subjects. The entry criteria here is for this subject only. Your offer will be based on the higher entry criteria from the two subjects you choose to do. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Academic Achievement Scholarship

We’re offering eligible students a £1,000 scholarship to celebrate your hard work and success.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

N/A

Further information about our fees and support you may be entitled to.

How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Guidance for international applicants applying for an undergraduate degree

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Fast track to Clearing

If you don’t have a place at uni, have had a change of heart about your course, or maybe your gap year plans are on hold – don’t worry. Register with us today and fast forward to your future.

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Careers

Skills for success

Sociology offers a wide range of skills and insights, so it’s no surprise to find our graduates enjoying success in a variety of careers. The analytical ability and research skills you develop on this course can be applied in many different job roles. The latest Unistats data revealed that 90% of our graduates were in work or further study within six months of completing their course.

By studying Sociology as a Joint Honours subject, you will broaden your scope in the job market. It will set you apart as a flexible, adaptable and highly organised graduate, while enabling you to apply for an even wider variety of jobs.

A broad career choice

Our graduates have used their degree to become teachers, lecturers, social workers, probation officers, civil servants, social researchers, business owners, marketeers, counsellors, charity workers, and community officers. They have also found work in retail management, public relations, banking, welfare advice, accountancy and systems analysis. A growing number of our graduates secure competitively funded places on postgraduate courses too, especially in the fields of social work and teaching.

Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’

Our Careers and Employment Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate - industry aware, motivated and enterprising. Throughout your studies, you’ll also benefit from our Personal Development Planning (PDP) scheme which enables you to reflect on your learning and develop your career ambitions.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

Contact us

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Course: Dr Phil Burton-Cartledge (Programme Leader) p.burton-cartledge@derby.ac.uk +44 (0)1332 592476

If you need any more information from us, eg on courses, accommodation, applying, car parking, fees or funding, please contact us and we will do everything we can to help you.

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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