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BA (Hons) Sociology with Social Psychology

Understand how people interact in the social world

Year of entry: 2020
Show year of entry: 2019

UCAS code

L392

Institution code

Y50

Length

3 years full-time (plus optional placement year)

Typical offer

ABB (full entry requirements)

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

UK/EU fees

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fees

£17,890 per year (2020/21)

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Explore how the individual and the social environment influence each other. 

Understand how identities, choices and actions are shaped by interactions with other people, society and culture.

Delve deep into the significance of personality, values and mind and their interplay with social activity. Learn how to think critically and craft arguments - attributes valued by employers.

Research excellence

The Department of Sociology is first in the UK for research quality (Times Higher Education's ranking of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework)

The strong support I received from the staff throughout my course and their willingness to listen to student opinions is what I believe makes Sociology at York so excellent.
Hannah, BA Sociology with Social Psychology. More student views.

Course content

Our teaching is led by our research and addresses real-world issues. The course progresses from broad to specialist topics, comprising two thirds Sociology modules and one third Psychology modules. You'll develop a sociological perspective on how identities, choices and actions are shaped by technologies, sexuality, institutions, culture, and interactions with others.

As you progress you'll focus your studies, choosing option modules to develop your expertise. In your final year you'll undertake independent research leading to a 10,000-word dissertation.

Study abroad

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

Year 1

In the first year you'll learn about the foundations of sociology and social psychology through four core modules.

Core modules

You'll study four core modules:

Academic integrity module

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

Year 2

You'll take specialist social psychology modules and gain a solid grounding in research methods. You will also get to pursue your own interests by selecting two option modules from a wide range of subjects.

Core modules

You'll study two core modules: 

Option modules

Choose two of the following modules:

Year 3

The focus of your final year will be your Dissertation. You'll work with an academic supervisor to identify and interrogate an original research question, writing up your results in a 10,000-word extended essay.

You'll study one core module which explores the latest social psychology research on topics of relevance to contemporary society. In addition, you'll choose three option modules, exploring themes including art, migration, and death.

Core modules

You'll study two core modules:

Option modules

Choose three of the following option modules:

 

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

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:

  • Define, interpret and explain everyday social issues and their complex implications for individual lives, social groups and institutions through sociological and social psychological theories and evidence.
  • Access, evaluate and critically review evidence for sociological and social psychological claims concerning social issues in order to present reasoned arguments.
  • Systematically interrogate and challenge taken-for-granted assumptions in order to contribute to critical analyses of social life.
  • Design and implement ethically responsible research that draws on appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative skills to produce empirically rigorous analysis of sociological and social psychological issues.
  • Critically synthesise and confidently communicate multi-faceted sociological and social psychological arguments in appropriate formats and via a range of media and digital technologies.
  • Work creatively in teams by cooperating with others in a manner which recognises diverse views, values and the cultural position of others.
"At the end of my first year I got the opportunity to travel to New York City, making fabulous new friends and getting to study a great course at Mount Holyoke College over the summer."
Kate, BA Sociology with Social Psychology Graduate

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees

UK/EU International
£9,250 £17,890

Additional costs

You may choose to buy textbooks, but this is not required. You may also incur some minor costs through occasional printing or photocopying, and the production of your final year dissertation.

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK, EU or international student.

Fees for subsequent years

  • UK/EU: further increases within the government fee cap will apply in subsequent academic years. We will notify you of any increase as soon as we can.
  • International: fees for international students are subject to annual increases. Increases are currently capped at 2% per annum.

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.

Funding

We'll confirm more funding opportunities for students joining us in 2020/21 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 Excellence Framework Gold Award

“Students from all backgrounds achieve consistently outstanding outcomes”

The TEF Panel, Office for Students, June 2018

Our Gold Teaching Excellence Framework award demonstrates our commitment to the delivery of consistently outstanding teaching and learning for our students.

Teaching and assessment

As you progress through your course, you'll take part in a range of activites designed to help you develop essential skills. 

Teaching and assessment methods

Careers and skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills to help you succeed in whatever career you choose. 

Career opportunities and transferable skills

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
A levels

ABB

Access to Higher Education Diploma 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher
BTEC National Extended Diploma DDM
Cambridge Pre-U D3, M2, M2
European Baccalaureate An overall average of 75%
International Baccalaureate 34 points overall

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:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, with a minimum of 51 in each component
GCSE/IGCSE/O level English Language (as a first or second language) Grade C
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, with a minimum of 162 each component
TOEFL 87 overall, with a minimum of 17 in Listening, 18 in Reading, 20 in Speaking, 17 in Writing
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 IELTS 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).

Mature students are welcomed and applications will be considered individually.

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