Sociology and Psychology BSc(Hons) 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
In a rapidly changing social world the demand for employees with ‘people skills' is as strong as ever. Understanding how the social world impacts upon our lives, and being equipped to help us deal with the consequences, are essential skills as well as a fascinating area for study. Sociology and psychology are the key academic disciplines for people interested in taking up such roles.
This course allows you to study aspects of sociology and psychology with an equal emphasis on both disciplines.
Sociology is the systematic study and analysis of social relationships that encompass a wide range of areas of human experience. These include relationships between men and women, the formulation of identity, race, ethnicity and gender, changing sexual behaviours and relationships between the powerful and powerless in society.
Psychology examines these phenomena too, but from the viewpoint of the individual and their mental structures and processes. This course combines the two disciplines to provide a more holistic view of human society and behaviour.
By choosing to study Sociology and Psychology, you'll be supported to prepare for a future career in sectors such as the civil service, public service and charities (amongst others).
Why study Sociology and Psychology at Huddersfield?
Our teaching staff aim make your studies engaging through thematic teaching, a method in which you'll often study both sociology and psychology simultaneously in the context of real-life examples and situations.
In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to benefit from a work placement. This will help to increase your future employability prospects and give you the chance to make useful contacts in industry.
In the 2015 National Student Survey, sociology studies at Huddersfield received a 100% satisfaction score.
By studying this course, you'll become eligible for student membership of the British Sociological Association (BSA).
With option modules across each of the three years, you'll be able to lead your studies and select areas that interest you.
Throughout your three years, you'll be supported to develop a range of analytical tools beneficial to your future career prospects.
Read on for details of each core and option module.
Exploring the Social Sciences
This module guides you through the process of exploring social science subjects at university and develops your ability to be a successful student. You’ll have the opportunity to strengthen your academic study skills, as well as your knowledge of research approaches and methods, using subject-specific topics and case studies. You’ll explore ways to assess your learning needs, set learning goals, develop learning action plans and produce effective academic assignments. You’ll also be introduced to the philosophies, methods and ethics of social research processes. Assessment on this module is through coursework.
Introduction to Sociology - Society and Culture
You'll explore the founding concepts and origins of sociology in the 19th and early 20th Century, and be introduced to key perspectives and approaches within humanist and scientific traditions. You'll also examine different approaches to culture and cultural texts, before going on to study themes within contemporary culture such as cultural identity, the body and consumption, and the self. Assessment on this module will be through coursework, which may be based on the sociological element of the module and on the cultural studies aspect. The coursework will include essays and an annotated bibliography.
Option modules. Choose one from a list which may include:
Perspectives in Psychology
In this module you'll study personality, social and developmental psychology as well as qualitative research methods. You'll be supported to develop a range of academic skills through attending personal tutor groups. Your learning will be assessed through a multiple choice exam (worth 10% of your module marks), a two hour exam (worth 30% of module marks) and two pieces of coursework. You'll write an essay based on your learning (worth 25% of module marks) and produce a report on a piece of qualitative research that you will conduct (worth 35% of module marks).
Introduction to Cognition; Biological Psychology and Quantitative Research Methods
You'll be introduced to theoretical approaches and debates in cognitive and biological psychology, as well as analytical research skills using quantitative methods. You'll be supported to identify and explain the internal mental processes and biological factors that underpin behaviour through coursework, involving two practical reports (each worth 30% of module marks). Your understanding of the theory in biopsychology and cognitive psychology and the practical skills required to select the appropriate methods and analysis related to quantitative research in psychology will be assessed through an exam (worth 40% of module marks).
You'll be supported to develop an understanding of contemporary sociological theories and concepts and how these are used to inform knowledge concerning the ‘individual-society’ relationship, and also social and cultural identities. You'll have the chance to explore sociological debates concerning structure and agency, realism and social constructionism. You'll also examine a number of social theories, including social interactionism, structuration theory, post-structuralism, feminism, queer theory and theories of intersectionality. A range of social and cultural identities will be explored within the module, such as race and ethnicity, social class, sexuality, religion, age, gender, work, the body and disability. Your learning will be assessed through coursework.
Exploring Work and Careers
You’ll have the opportunity to plan and complete a practical work based experience related to your course. This will give you the chance to apply your theoretical subject knowledge to a professional setting, helping to develop your employability skills in preparation for your future career. You’ll be assessed on your reflection upon the skills you have developed through coursework.
Culture and Society
In this module you’ll study the relationship between culture and society and consider how culture is presented in social theory. Through written coursework (an annotated bibliography and a case study) you’ll have the opportunity to explore the ways in which culture is evidenced within contemporary society.
Psychology option modules. Choose two from a list which may include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
You will explore one of the most influential approaches to psychological therapy; namely Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). To do this you will be introduced to the concepts CBT uses to understand psychological problems, apply them to complex case materials and explore how to assess whether CBT and other therapies work. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework and an exam. First, an in class test on the basic concepts. Second, a case formulation in which you apply those concepts to case material. Finally, the assessment of an ‘outcome study’ which looks at how effective CBT is.
Health psychology is the study of how behavioural, psychological and social processes influence physical health and illness. This module introduces you to the exciting discipline of health psychology through lectures and directed study. You'll explore some key theories, concepts, and research through two pieces of coursework. The module is aligned with the scientist-practitioner model, with its emphasis on evidence-based approaches to treatment, as well as research methods and skills which is reflected in the module content and assessments.
Peer Mentoring for Psychology
You'll take part in a practical training course which will help enable you to understand what a peer mentor does. You will explore models of mentoring and consider methods which will help you to work with a mentee to support them in their studies at the University. You'll meet your mentees throughout the academic year and take part in Mentor Supervision Groups to ensure you are supported as a mentor. The assessment will involve a group task during the training and an individual portfolio.
This module will help provide further experience in the world of research, and you are therefore required to have passed your Year 1 research methods module. You'll be introduced to the practical skills necessary to execute a piece of research supervised by a member of staff. The course will begin with a small number of introductory seminars which will include information on research protocol, recruitment, ethics, data collection and confidentiality but the main content will be the practical skills required to execute a piece of research or to analyse data already collected. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework; a skills portfolio and a short group presentation of your work.
Final Year Project for the Social Sciences
You'll research a topic of your choice in depth, giving you the opportunity to develop your own research interests. Drawing on the area you have chosen to study, you'll engage with issues of project design and research methods. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly through an oral presentation (worth 10% of module marks) you'll discuss your project proposal. You'll then produce a dissertation (worth 90% of module marks) about your research topic. You’ll receive individual support from a dedicated staff member in supervision sessions, which will include providing feedback on up to 25% of the final draft of the project (if submitted by an agreed date)
Sociology option modules. Choose two from a list which may include:
Representing the Social: Culture and Society
In this module you'll consider that the way we see the world is strongly influenced by social representations, in terms of ideas and images created by the media and broader society that make claims to truth and engender power relations in society. Through written coursework you'll explore the ways in which a contemporary social issue is represented in images and ideas today. This will take a multidisciplinary approach, examining how social representations, ideas and images are created and the implications they have both for the individual and society.
The Body and Society
This module gives you the opportunity to look at the body in historic and contemporary society and challenge the idea that how we perceive the body is ‘natural’. You'll be introduced to a range of perspectives within which you'll investigate how the body is gendered, classified, judged, regulated, inscribed and ‘read’. You'll also look at how the body can be seen as a ‘project to be worked on’ and explore the relationship between self identity and the body. This module is assessed through coursework on a topic of your choice, involving a presentation of your ideas (worth 20% of module marks) and an essay (worth 80% of module marks).
Race; Ethnicity and Difference
In this module you'll consider contemporary British society in relation to issues of race, ethnicity and difference. You'll explore the extent to which race and ethnicity continue to shape contemporary society, in relation to education, health, employment, government policies and popular culture such as films and music. The module is assessed through written coursework on topics such as multiculturalism, race and sport, and the representation of racialised groups.
Psychology option modules. Choose two from a list which may include:
Behaviourism and Positive Behaviour Change
You'll study the subject of behaviourism, which is useful if you intend to pursue a career in clinical or applied psychology. This includes the principles of behaviour analysis and the philosophy of behaviourism that you'll apply to real life situations including the learning of new skills and reducing self-harm. You'll be assessed through two written pieces of coursework, one piece will focus on experimental and philosophical issues and the other will be based on applied behaviour analysis.
This module studies the key approaches, concepts and issues within the field of forensic psychology through a series of lectures and online facilities. You'll explore a range of psychological explanations for criminal activity relating to two main themes. Firstly, you'll critically consider various research areas within forensic psychology including prison treatment programmes, eyewitness and expert testimony, investigative interviews, crime and mentally disordered offenders. Secondly, you'll study a range of crimes such as murder, sexual crimes, arson, acquisitive and white collar crime. You'll be assessed through coursework in the form of two essays.
Profiling and investigating Serious Crime
You'll be introduced to the field of serious crime (for example murder, serial murder and sex offences), offender profiling and the associated police investigation process in the UK. You'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of offender profiling by producing written coursework and the criminal investigation process through an unseen exam.
The Neuroscience of Cognition
You'll cover key concepts within Neuroscience and link Neuroscientific evidence that underpin core cognitive theory. Through a series of themed lectures, case studies and examples will be used to demonstrate the links between neuroscience, cognition and behaviour. Lecture themes include: Atypical and Abnormal (effects of specific damage or traumatic brain injury), Typical and Functional (underlying mechanisms and neural correlates for typical function and Cognitive abilities) and Issues in Neuroscience (practical, ethical and workplace/professional application). You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework including an electronic case study portfolio and essay exploring a particular topic in Cognitive Neuroscience.
Psychology of Health and Wellbeing
You'll be introduced to the critical issues related to health, illness and disability in clinical and health psychology. The module challenges some of the preconceptions of ill-health from mainstream perspectives and considers how health and illness can be influenced by factors including culture, poverty, gender and sexuality. You'll be encouraged to consider how these factors impact on wellbeing and the experience and treatment of physical and mental illness and disability. Multiple perspectives will be considered in the critical, applied and research oriented module design. You'll complete one piece of coursework, in the form of an essay demonstrating a comprehensive and critical understanding of theoretical and applied approaches to the psychology of health and wellbeing.
Psychology of Education
The complex factors which interact to construct learning will be explored, using a mix of psychological theories and their influence on educational policy in schools and on further and higher education. You'll be supported to develop an understanding of how different people are enabled and disabled, in participating in learning and education. You'll also use qualitative research methods to explore the educational narrative of an individual, through coursework involving a written report and a presentation.
You'll explore the field of Investigative Psychology and cover a wide range of areas, including the work of Professor David Canter, Offender Profiling, Geographic Profiling, Investigative Interviewing and the Detection of Deception. You'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of Investigative Psychology by producing two pieces of written coursework.
States of Consciousness
This module investigates states of consciousness, and starts by asking what consciousness is and how we should study it. You'll then explore altered states of consciousness such as sleep, dreaming, meditation, religious and mystical experience, and the effects of psychedelic drugs. You'll be assessed through two pieces of coursework. Firstly, a portfolio of your experiences, integrated with the literature. Secondly, an essay on a key research topic in consciousness studies.
Exploring Clinical Psychology
The module explores how clinical psychologists make use of psychological theory and research in the real world. The teaching is delivered by both practising clinical psychologists and University tutors and will take place via lectures and online learning. Both the face-to-face and the virtual teaching are designed to enable you to discuss contemporary clinical practice with practitioners. The single assignment will require you to select an area of health or social care that clinical psychologists work within (e.g. learning disability or eating disorder services) and evaluate the contribution that clinical psychologists can make to this service.
Work and Organisational Psychology
This module focuses on the application of psychological expertise in work settings. You'll be provided with an overview of the range of tasks psychologists are expected to undertake when working in organisations and learn about evidence-based methods for improving life at work. Assessment will involve completing two pieces of coursework; a problem-focused case study and a MCQ open-book class test.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.
The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
The course includes a compulsory 30 hour work placement in your second year.
Previous placement providers have included schools, colleges, charities, law firms, community organisations and commercial businesses.
90% of graduates from this course go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating.
Previous Huddersfield Sociology graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, human resources, media, communications, consulting, research, marketing, business development, operations, community and social services in organisations including the NHS, Google, Thomson Reuters, GSK, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, the University of Leeds, Sheffield Hallam University, ASDA, Sainsbury's, Leeds City Council and Vista.*
Professional links and accreditations
By studying this course, you will become eligible for student membership of the British Sociological Association (BSA).
Teaching and assessment
You will be taught through seminars, group work, practical experience, lectures, workshops, Blackboard and Work placement.
Assessment will include coursework, practice/ competency based learning and examination.
16.3% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
How much will it cost me?
The full-time undergraduate tuition fee for 17/18 entry is £9250.
Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.
Please email the Student Finance or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.
Progression to a postgraduate course is dependent on successful completion of your undergraduate studies, there may also be minimum qualification requirements such as a first class or higher second (2.1) degree. Please check the course details to confirm this.
You may go on to complete further postgraduate study in the fields of both Sociology and Psychology which may lead to professional recognition.
If you are an international student (including EU) you can check if you meet our entry requirements (both academic and English language) by visiting our country pages.
If you do not meet the entry requirements you can consider completing a degree preparation programme (if you are from a country outside of the EU) at the University's International Study Centre (ISC). You can call the ISC on +44 (0) 1273 339333 to discuss your options. You can also complete the online application form or to ask a question please fill in the enquiry form and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers.
If your English language is not at the required level (IELTS 6.0 overall), we have a range of Pre-Sessional English programmes that you can enrol on before starting your degree programme. You will not need to take an IELTS test after completing one of our Pre-Sessional English programmes.
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