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BA (Hons) Philosophy with Sociology

Consider self and society, cultivating valuable skills in critical thinking, reasoning and analysis

Year of entry: 2023/24

UCAS code

V5L3

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time

Typical offer

AAB/A*BB/A*AC (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2023(semester dates)

UK (home) fees

£9,250 per year

International and EU fees

£21,950 per year

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Philosophy and Sociology complement each other, giving you a deeper understanding of human behaviour, social norms, morality, and the workings of the mind. You will study some of the greatest and most influential thinkers while exploring the relationship between self and society.

Taught by world-leaders in their fields, this exciting and challenging degree will cultivate valuable skills in critical thinking, reasoning, analysis, creative problem-solving and communication, equipping you for a wide range of careers.

Top 100 for Philosophy

Our Philosophy department is among the top 100 departments in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022.

Philosophy and Sociology appealed to me because of the range of topics covered throughout the three years.
Beth, BA Philosophy/Sociology

Course content

Studying philosophy is an engaging yet demanding activity that will challenge your thinking, giving you a greater understanding of your own nature and that of the world around you. In sociology you will build on this by exploring issues such as globalisation, inequalities and social change and how these relate to individual and social identities.

Benefiting from the expertise of two large and diverse departments you have a wide range of options to choose from. We offer modules in all the central areas of philosophy and sociology and you can tailor your degree to reflect your own areas of interest. The modules on offer may change from year to year.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for you to spend time abroad during your course:

Year 1

In your first year you'll gain a firm grounding in philosophy, learning how to study, think and write philosophically, and developing your skills in reasoning and argument. We'll introduce you to some of the central areas of philosophy and challenge you to form your own opinions about the bigger questions. You'll explore the nature of morality and ethical systems, and be introduced to the language of logic.

In sociology, you will explore key elements of sociological theory and methodology. We'll ask you to think about a range of issues such as social class, race and ethnicity and popular culture.

Core modules

Option modules

You will also study one Philosophy option module.

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.

Academic integrity module

In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module.

Year 2

In the second year, you'll choose from modules which look in more depth at topics in theoretical and practical philosophy (including mind, language, logic, metaphysics), value (including ethics, philosophy of art) and key figures and movements in the history of philosophy. You will also take sociology modules that will challenge you to think critically about issues in contemporary society.

Core modules

Option modules

You will also study three option modules, two from Philosophy and one from Sociology. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:

Philosophy

Sociology

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.

Year 3

In the third year you can specialise further, choosing from a wide range of modules based in our latest research, and supported by subject experts enabling you to tailor your degree to your particular interests. You'll also complete a dissertation or take additional option modules.

Core modules

  • Either Short Dissertation or Advanced Project
  • Creating Sociological Alternatives

Option modules

You will also study four option modules, two from Philosophy and one from Sociology. In previous years, options have covered topics such as:

Sociology

Philosophy

The options available to you will be confirmed later in the year. For further information please get in touch.

 

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.
Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Learning by design

Every course at York has been designed to provide clear and ambitious learning outcomes. These learning outcomes give you an understanding of what you will be able to do at the end of the course. We develop each course by designing modules that grow your abilities towards the learning outcomes and help you to explain what you can offer to employers. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Understand and explain key problems, issues, and debates across a wide range of areas of philosophy and sociology —including some at the forefront of contemporary work—and communicate complex and difficult ideas in clear, precise, and accessible terms in a variety of formats.
  • Develop and articulate ranges of alternative solutions to problems and issues in an open-minded and imaginative way, and establish ways of making progress in answering questions even where it is unclear in the first instance how to proceed or what the standards for a good answer to the question might be.
  • Develop and articulate systematic, logical arguments for and against the alternative solutions considered in relation to a particular problem, subjecting key concepts and principles to critical scrutiny and presenting the best case that can be made for each proposal.
  • Make a measured judgement about what is the best view on a particular problem and present a sustained line of argument in defence of this judgement based on careful consideration of what can be said for and against the proposed solutions.
  • Work effectively and productively as a thinker and learner, individually and in collaboration with others—planning and scheduling, seeking help where appropriate, initiating and pursuing projects, and working collaboratively with others in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.
  • Amend and develop their practice as thinkers and learners in the light of critical reflection, advice, and feedback—identifying their strengths and weaknesses, and developing strategies for making improvements in performance.
  • Demonstrate informed sensitivity to cultural and historical context in interpreting and responding to the work and ideas of others.
  • Develop a critical understanding of how contemporary theory can be applied to the study of the social world today.
  • Critically engage with social, political, cultural, ethical, and value issues to contribute to the solution of key contemporary problems by applying philosophical and sociological methods and insights at the foreground of an appreciation of cultural and social diversity and difference.

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK (home) International and EU
£9,250 £21,950

UK (home) or international fees?

The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK (home) or international student. Check your fee status.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK (home) fees may increase within the government fee cap in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International fees are subject to increase in subsequent years in line with the prevailing Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation rate (up to a maximum of 10%).

More information

For more information about tuition fees, any reduced fees for study abroad and work placement years, scholarships, tuition fee loans, maintenance loans and living costs see undergraduate fees and funding.

Additional costs

This course gives a great deal of flexibility in terms of the modules you may choose to study. You may choose to buy your own copies of texts, although course books will be available from the library, and online reading packs are available for most modules. 

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2023/24 throughout the year.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll study and learn with academics who are active researchers, experts in their field and have a passion for their subjects. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

As a student of Philosophy and Sociology, you need to be an active participant in your own learning, asking questions and evaluating your own thoughts, beliefs and responses. You will take part in discussions with your peers and academic staff and develop your knowledge and skills through:

  • Small group seminars (12 - 20 students)
  • Reading groups
  • Lectures
  • Debates
  • Written work with written feedback
  • Visiting speakers

Every member of staff has weekly feedback and advice time, and students are actively encouraged to use this opportunity for one-to-one contact and informal discussion.

Timetabled activities

In your first year, you can expect:

Lectures7-8 hours per week
Seminars4-5 hours per week

These figures are representative of a typical week. Your contact hours will vary throughout the year due to your module choices, non-compulsory classes, exam periods and changes to scheduled activities.

Outside your timetabled hours, you'll study independently. This may include preparation for classes, follow-up work, wider reading, practice completion of assessment tasks, or revision.

In the UK, full-time students are expected to spend 1,200 hours a year learning. That's about 40 hours of classes and independent study each week during term time. Everyone learns at a different rate, so the number of hours you spend on independent study will be different to other students on your course.

Teaching location

You will be based in the departments of Philosophy and Sociology which are based on Campus West. You will be taught at a variety of locations across Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

You will be assessed by a combination of essays and examinations, critical literature reviews, exercises that test analytical skills, research methods exercises and the extended Sociology dissertation. We give feedback on your ideas in class, and provide written feedback on all your submitted work.

Percentage of the course typically assessed by coursework and exams

Year 1Year 2Year 3
Written exams58%33%0%
Coursework42%67%96%
Practical exams0%0%4%

The figures above are based on data from 2016/17. Our course structures are changing in September 2023. Find out more about how this course may be affected.

Taught by experts

Both departments feature research-led teaching, ensuring you're taught by specialists in their research area.

Study abroad

There are chances to study abroad, from a year exchange to summer schools overseas.

Both the Philosophy and Sociology Departments are incredibly welcoming. Everyone I've spoken to, from lecturers to reception staff, has always been friendly and helpful.
Jhansi, BA Philosophy/Sociology

Careers and skills

Develops skills that are in great demand by employers. Our graduates have a lot of choice when it comes to which career path they follow.

Careers in Philosophy Careers in Sociology

Career opportunities

  • Central and local government
  • Media and the creative industries
  • Charities
  • Finance
  • IT management
  • Accountancy
  • Education
  • The health sector

Transferable skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Reasoning and analysis
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Communication

Entry requirements

Typical offer
A levels

AAB/A*BB/A*AC

Access to Higher Education Diploma 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDD
Cambridge Pre-U D3, D3, M2
European Baccalaureate 80% overall
International Baccalaureate 35 points
T levels We will consider a range of T Level qualifications for entry. Please visit our dedicated T Levels page for a full list of accepted T Levels.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

Alternative offers

Meeting the following additional criteria may qualify you for an alternative offer.

Criteria Adjustment
Widening participation If you successfully complete one of the following programmes, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to three A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer: Black Access Programme, Next Step York, Realising Opportunities, YESS, YorWay to York. More about widening participation.
Contextual offers If you have experience of local authority care or live in an area with low progression to university, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to two A level grades (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about contextual offers.
EPQ If you achieve C or higher at EPQ, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.
Core Maths If you achieve B or higher in Core Maths, you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer.
MOOCs If you successfully complete our online course 'Logic: The Language of Truth', you may be eligible for an alternative offer up to one A level grade (or equivalent) below our typical offer. More about MOOCs.

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 169 in each component
Duolingo 120, minimum 105 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C / Grade 4
LanguageCert SELT B2 with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator with a minimum score of 33/50 in each component
PTE Academic/PTE Academic Online 61, with a minimum of 55 in each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all components

For more information see our undergraduate English language requirements.

If you've not met our English language requirements

You may be eligible for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. These courses will provide you with the level of English needed to meet the conditions of your offer.

The length of course you need to take depends on your current English language test scores and how much you need to improve to reach our English language requirements.

After you've accepted your offer to study at York, we'll confirm which pre-sessional course you should apply to via You@York.

Applying

To apply to York, you will need to complete an online application via UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).

Next steps

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Get in touch if you have any questions

Professor Robin Wooffit

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Department of Philosophy, Department of Sociology

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