Politics and Sociology
BA, 3-4 years
This is for you if... you are interested in the way that society is organised and how the political world either reinforces or challenges the prevailing social order.
As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as taking into account student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff where this will impact on the delivery of the course. As a result, if there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible and will ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.
Politics and Sociology are intrinsically linked as politics and policies often seek to address social issues. Over the course of your degree you will explore these links and be challenged to look at the world through new political and sociological perspective. You will also gain an understanding of the key aspects of political systems, both here in the UK and further afield.
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The development of transferable skills is a key feature of teaching here at Leicester. Our courses are designed to improve your skills in written communications, oral presentation, working as part of a team, independent learning, problem solving and information technology.
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- Start date
- September 2018
- Politics and International Relations, Sociology
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Politics Review, the leading magazine for students of Politics, has been associated with Politics at Leicester for over 25 years.
Our student Politics and International Relations Society organises a series of events, including visiting speakers, socials and an annual Summer Ball.
Our research strengths in Politics include: political participation; political parties in Europe; ethics and war; environmental politics; Euroscepticism, and US social policy.
Notable figures who have given talks at Leicester in recent years include MPs, members of the House of Lords, MEPs, members of the US Congress, officials working in UK and EU institutions, diplomats and senior personnel from the armed forces.
During your first year you will split your time equally between Politics and Sociology to ensure that you get a solid grounding in both subjects.
- Introduction to Social Research
- Politics, Power and Ethics
- Society in Transformation
- Sociology: A Beginners Guide
Choose one option module from:
- Comparative European Politics
- Political Concepts
- Power in the World Economy
Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.
In your second year, you will have the flexibility to choose the majority of your own modules so that you can delve deeper into the areas of Politics and Sociology that interest you the most.
Choose two option modules from:
- Consuming Crime
- Interpreting Sociological Texts
- Ethnicity and Society
- Live Sociology
- Gender and Society
Plus choose one option module from:
- Political Ideas
- Political Parties in Contemporary Britain
- Sex and Gender in Global Politics
- Latin American Politics
Plus a further two option modules from:
- Political Analysis (if you intend to write your dissertation on a politics topic you must take this module)
- European Union Politics
- The Making of Contemporary US Foreign Policy
- Governing Societies in Conflict
- Politics and Power in Africa
- Contemporary Political Philosophy: Theories of Justice
Year Abroad (optional)
Year Abroad (optional)
If you want to, you can spend your third year studying abroad at one of our partner institutions (eligibility is dependent on your academic performance in Years 1 and 2). Alternatively, you can opt to continue studying at the University and complete your degree in three years.
Studying abroad is not just for people who are interested in travelling and meeting new people. It is about acquiring life skills that are becoming increasingly significant for a wide range of jobs in our modern globalised society. Whether you go on to work in the private sector, the state sector, a non-governmental organisation, or become self-employed you will find the experience invaluable. Find out more from our International Office.
Please note that a year spent abroad still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.
Politics and International Relations at Leicester has links with several European universities, administered through the European Erasmus scheme. If you are eligible for a loan from Student Finance you can apply for a travel grant from them. During your second year at Leicester you will receive appropriate language training.
- For the latest information on the future of the Erasmus scheme at UK universities please see our Brexit microsite.
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In your final year, the only core module you will take is the dissertation. The option modules that you take are up to you. You'll be able to choose from a wide range of modules in politics and sociology. Half of your time will be spent studying politics and the other half sociology.
Choose four option modules from:
- American Political Development
- Education and Social Justice
- The Auto/biographical Society
- Comparative Legislative Analysis
- The Conservatives: Crisis and Recovery
- Democratisation and EU Enlargement in Post-Communist Europe
- Drugs and Society
- Football and Society
- Global Justice and Human Rights
- Global Poverty and Development
- Living with Risk
- Parliamentary Studies
- The Political Legacies of Conflict in Northern Ireland
- Political Participation in Britain
- Political Parties in Western Democracies
- Politics and the Environment
- South African Politics
- Space, Place, and Contemporary Culture
- The Politics of Slavery
- The Politics of War and Peace: Northern Ireland after 1972
- Politics of the Global South
- The Global Sex Trade
- Growing Up and Growing Older
Plus your dissertation
Major/Minor degrees enable you to create your own degree. You can study a core area in depth (your major subject), while also exploring an additional area (your minor subject).
Why not complement your Major with a subject that you enjoyed before, or which has vocational elements that can boost your career prospects? Alternatively, you may want to try something completely new that you’ve always been interested in, like a language.Find out more
Teaching and Assessment
You will normally be taught through lectures and small group seminars. We use the latest teaching resources, such as the Blackboard virtual learning environment where students can access support materials for all our modules. As well as traditional lectures and seminars, you will work in small groups, take part in debates and simulation exercises, and undertake a research project of your choice in your final year.
You will be assessed through both written exam and assessed essay.
You will have regular meetings with your personal tutor to discuss progress in your studies. Your personal tutor will also provide a sympathetic ear for all matters of personal concern, whether they be academic, financial, housing, career or social issues.
When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.
Typical workload hours for Politics and International Relations courses in 2016/17:
Year 1: 13% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 156 hours
- Independent learning: 1044 hours
Year 2: 12% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 144 hours
- Independent learning: 1056 hours
Optional year abroad: If you’re spending a year abroad, your contact hours will vary depending on the institution you’re studying at.
Final year: 9% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 108 hours
- Independent learning: 1092 hours
While your actual contact hours may depend on the option modules you select, the above information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for each year of your course.
Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:
- study and exam skills
- academic writing
- numerical data skills
- referencing sources
Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.
You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.
- A/AS Levels : BBB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.
- EPQ with A-levels: BBC + EPQ at grade B.
- Access to HE Diploma: Pass diploma with 45 credits at Level 3, including 25 credits at Distinction.
- International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 28 points minimum.
- BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with DDM.
Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year run by our dedicated International Study Centre. The ISC provides academic and English language support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester.
Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.
When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.
Applicants are not normally interviewed. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the University.
English Language Requirements
IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.
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Fees and Funding
Starting in 2018
- £9,250 in your first year. After 2018/19, the tuition fee you pay may increase annually in line with inflation and is subject to government regulations.
- Year Abroad: your fee will be £1,250 for that year.
Starting in 2018
- £15,980 per year
- Year Abroad: your fee will be £3,995 which is 25% of the full-time tuition fee.
You will regularly discuss career preferences with your personal tutors at each level of study, building up a profile of your optimum career pathways.
You can use your own work experience as a focus for your Third Year research project, providing a more reflexive approach to thinking about future careers.
The 'Parliamentary Studies' module is approved and co-taught by staff at the Houses of Parliament and has the support of The Speaker and the Clerk of the House in the House of Commons, and the Lord Speaker and the Clerk of the Parliaments in the House of Lords. Included in this module is an opportunity to visit Parliament.
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