Sociology and Geography BSc(Hons)

2019-20 (also available for 2020-21)

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Start date

23 September 2019

Duration

3 years full-time

UCAS Code

HB31

About the course

Why choose Huddersfield?

We’ve ranked 6th in the UK (and top in Yorkshire) for Sociology in the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Why study Sociology and Geography?

Our society is rapidly changing. The study of Sociology and Geography together is a fascinating and distinctive synergy of two closely related disciplines. This type of study provides an enhanced set of ‘people skills’ that go beyond those gained from studying a single subject.

On the course we’ll give equal weight to both Sociology and Geography. On the Sociology side, you’ll study and analyse social relationships in a range of human experiences. From relationships between men and women to the formulation of identity, from race, ethnicity and gender through to the relationship between the powerful and powerless in society, you’ll cover some fascinating areas. The Geography side covers a range of subjects including contemporary social structures and inequalities within society, cultures and regions, plus the opportunity to examine the role of geopolitics in our contemporary world. Underpinning all of this is the theme of sustainability and planetary boundaries.

We firmly believe in ‘learning through doing’ and since fieldwork is an integral part of any geographer’s training, we’ve embedded field-trips, including residential field courses, into the course, so you can experience the opportunities that learning in the field presents.

During your studies, your tutors will engage you through thematic teaching. That means you’ll often study both Sociology and Geography together, looking at real-life examples and situations. In your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to go on a work placement; it could help you to put your skills into practice, and be invaluable to increasing your future employability prospects. In your second year you may also pursue the opportunity to study abroad for a term.

The course could be the ideal starting point for a career in the civil service, public service and charities sector, as well as many other sectors. You’ll also become eligible for student membership of the Royal Geographical Society (RGS) and British Sociological Association (BSA). After completing your degree, you will have the opportunity to become a Fellow of the RGS.

This course provides a fascinating insight into two important social science disciplines. Sociology and Geography have distinct associations with each other. Throughout the courses students will have the opportunity to explore complex problems and how solutions are undertaken.

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Dr Jamie Halsall, Reader in Social Sciences

Course detail

Core modules:

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.

Human Rights in Contemporary Society

You'll examine the history of human rights and consider the debates which exist in contemporary society. You'll be introduced to a number of issues including genocide, the death penalty, freedom of expression, immigration, the rights of women and children, assisted suicide and abortion. Key documents including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act will also be discussed. You'll be assessed through coursework involving the analysis of six contemporary media articles in relation to issues of human rights.

Research Skills

Research in science ranges from finding out what is already known to carrying out investigations to add to our store of knowledge. This module provides the requisite background skills for successful completion of an honours degree in geographical sciences. Basic generic skills involving literacy, numeracy and use of IT are applied to summarizing, understanding, interpreting and presenting data generated by field and laboratory investigations. Throughout the module emphasis is on learning the skills that will be used in various parts of the degree programme. Acquisition of learning skills takes precedence over memorizing facts. Learning about current topics in geography involves finding peer-reviewed research literature (using library facilities and database searches), the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods, and summarizing findings with source attribution in reports or other forms of communication, and using correct scientific style. Basic statistics is taught using spreadsheet and statistics programs. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide frameworks for gathering, managing, and analysing data. You'll also have the opportunity to build up a portfolio of evidence relating to your skills for Personal Development Planning.

People and Place

This module introduces you to the major themes in contemporary human geography, which essentially focuses on people and places. The nature of human’s interaction with their space is extremely diverse and covers a multitude of factors including social and cultural interactions, either within or between specific locations. This module introduces the concept of regions and inter-regional variation. Population movements, social structures and urbanisation are also all addressed in this module. The fieldwork element of this module will be delivered as part of the residential field course.

Policy and Society

This module will introduce you to the study of social policy and social welfare. You'll explore theoretical, analytical and conceptual frameworks, and apply them to relevant contemporary case studies and social issues such as the experiences of different marginalised communities in relation to welfare and policy. You'll be assessed through coursework involving a written assignment and a group presentation, during which you will have the opportunity to develop your team working and communication skills.

With option modules in your second and third years, you’ll be able to lead your studies and select areas that interest you.

Yasrab, graduated Sociology BSc(Hons) in 2016

“The lecturers have been excellent especially in my final year, the support has been immense and I have had great pleasure working with them. I couldn’t have asked for better.”

Entry requirements

To find out if you are eligible for this course, please call our Clearing helpline on 0330 123 227701484 472777.

Placements


This course includes a compulsory work placement module in the second year. You will be expected to undertake at least 30 hours of work placement during that year. The module is designed to enhance your academic and personal development through work experience that shapes your key skills and increases your confidence for future employability.

Your placement module tutor will be on hand to support you in finding suitable placement opportunities. They will assist you with preparing your CV and with interview techniques. They'll also be in contact with you during your placement so that you'll be fully supported while you gain the experience that employers value so highly.

Previous placement providers have included schools, colleges, charities, law firms, community organisations and commercial businesses.

You can find more information on placements here.

Through my work placement at a specialist school for children I learnt expert knowledge that I could not have gained in a lecture theatre. It has really equipped me for the work place and made me realised where I may want to work in the future.

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Naomi Brown, studying Sociology BSc(Hons)

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. We’ve been the English university with the highest proportion of professionally-qualified teaching staff for the past four years*.
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff** have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*HESA - First awarded in 2016, maintained in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

**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; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Field trip to the Lake District

First year undergraduate field trip to Blencathra Field Centre and the Lake District in March 2019.

Your career


As a graduate of this course, you may also consider employment in a wide range of sectors including central and local government, education, environmental consultancies, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or commercial sectors. You can consider roles such as cartographer, data analyst, environmental management and consultancy, planner, policy advisor, quality management and researcher.

 

Previous Huddersfield Sociology graduates have gone on to roles relating to education, human resources, media, communications, research, marketing, business development, operations, community and social services in organisations including the NHS, Bluebird Care, Kirklees Council, Leeds City Council, Lloyds Bank Plc, National Autistic Society, West Yorkshire Police, Ramsden Solicitors, West Yorkshire Probation, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Halifax Trust, Interserve, Halifax Trust, Leeds Prison Service, Direct Line Group, Covea Insurance, HOME Fundraising Ltd, Pannal Primary School, Think Employment Ltd, G2 Legal Limited, Covea Insurance, Manchester Airport, ASDA.**

 

*Percentage of graduates from courses in this subject area who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2016/17).

**LinkedIn and Graduate Employment Market Statistics (GEMs).

 

93% from this subject

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which you would be a part of should you decide to study this course. The school provides you with support in a variety of areas, these include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

Important information

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.

Changes to a course you have applied for

If we propose to make a major change to a course that you are holding an offer for, then we will tell you as soon as possible so that you can decide whether to withdraw your application prior to enrolment.

Changes to your course after you enrol as a student

We will always try to deliver your course and other services as described. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below:

Changes to option modules

Where your course allows you to choose modules from a range of options, we will review these each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback or demand for certain modules. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let you know in good time the options available for you to choose for the following year.

Major changes

We will only make major changes to the core curriculum of a course or to our services if it is necessary for us to do so and provided such changes are reasonable. A major change in this context is a change that materially changes the services available to you; or the outcomes, or a significant part, of your course, such as the nature of the award or a substantial change to module content, teaching days (part time provision), classes, type of delivery or assessment of the core curriculum.

For example, it may be necessary to make a major change to reflect changes in the law or the requirements of the University’s regulators; to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body; to improve the quality of educational provision; in response to student, examiners’ or other course evaluators’ feedback; and/or to reflect academic or professional changes within subject areas. Major changes may also be necessary because of circumstances outside our reasonable control, such as a key member of staff leaving the University or being unable to teach, where they have a particular specialism that can’t be adequately covered by other members of staff; or due to damage or interruption to buildings, facilities or equipment.

Major changes would usually be made with effect from the next academic year, but this may not always be the case. We will notify you as soon as possible should we need to make a major change and will carry out suitable consultation with affected students. If you reasonably believe that the proposed change will cause you detriment or hardship we will, if appropriate, work with you to try to reduce the adverse effect on you or find an appropriate solution. Where an appropriate solution cannot be found and you contact us in writing before the change takes effect you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the University without liability to the University for future tuition fees. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

Termination of course

In exceptional circumstances, we may, for reasons outside of our control, be forced to discontinue or suspend your course. Where this is the case, a formal exit strategy will be followed and we will notify you as soon as possible about what your options are, which may include transferring to a suitable replacement course for which you are qualified, being provided with individual teaching to complete the award for which you were registered, or claiming an interim award and exiting the University. If you do not wish to take up any of the options that are made available to you, then you can cancel your registration and withdraw from the course without liability to the University for future tuition fees and you will be entitled to a refund of all course fees paid to date. We will provide reasonable support to assist you with transferring to another university if you wish to do so.

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 Office for Students (OfS) is the principal regulator for the University.

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