"This course examines complexities in today's societies, identifying the best solution, and monitoring those cohesively for building a better society."Dr Hafiz Khan, Programme Leader
Drawing on sociology's focus on changing lives and societies, this course combines an in-depth exploration of contemporary societies with an intellectual and practical engagement with social policy. The programme is grounded in extensive engagements with partner organisations, from NGOs and social enterprises to local authorities and international agencies.
Sociology with Social Policy at Middlesex University draws on unique strengths, in particular the expertise, experience and networks of the Social Policy Research Centre, one of the most successful social policy research centres in the United Kingdom.
It combines academic rigour, research design and data analysis with a strong focus on real-world experience, with each year of the programme involving engagement in partner organisations and networks, with field trips and volunteering leading to a third-year work placement.
The programme has a strong international focus, including opportunities for international placements.
As well as a strong grounding in sociology, students benefit from specialist training in research design, data analysis, approaches to programme design and evaluation, combined with a focus on the challenges and possibilities associated with contemporary welfare systems.
Students also have the opportunity to focus on specific areas of social policy such as population change, migration, social change and social enterprise, youth and housing issues, public health, social care, retirement and pension, and the criminal justice system, where ideas are tested, explored and developed through field visits, volunteering and placements.
This course is designed to blend theory with practice in a manner designed to equip students with top quality analytical and practical skills. A grounding in contemporary sociology in combination with sites of social policy will enable students to make specific insights into society and develop a range of skills that will stand out in the job market.
This module provides an introduction for first year sociology and criminology students to the study of contemporary society. The module engages key issues and debates that constitute the subject matter, while introducing students to the themes and perspectives that inform social inquiry. Students will also engage with core approaches to understanding contemporary society and the social relations that comprise it.
Thinking Sociologically considers sociology as a discipline with its own distinctive ways of viewing and understanding social life, from the intimate and personal, to the more impersonal relationships between individuals, groups, and nations. Combining classical and modern sociological theory and practical inquiry, we learn how living amongst others shapes our understanding of ourselves and others, as well as our everyday thoughts and actions. Thinking sociologically also teaches us that things which appear inevitable or unalterable, can be open to change and transformation. This includes our personal life as well as the collective life we share with others.
This module aims to instruct students on the skills required for undertaking an undergraduate degree in either sociology or criminology, and the basic components of social science research through researching the city. This module provides an engaging opportunity to be introduced to different research methods and approaches as well as more generally study skills while exploring from an academic point of view the city where you study in and live in. Many of these skills will have relevance beyond your degree, and will be attractive to future employers. Students will also be introduced to a range of critical writing skills that link to other modules across the year.
The two main components of this module will be a research diary, where students will be asked to explore and reflect weekly on the different skills and methods they will be offered to explore as well as answer questions on the weekly reading. By exploring a range of key data sets and conducting empirical investigations, students will build an original research diary as well as develop key research and academic skills that they will need to complete their degree.
The module equips students with key sociological tools to explore social experience, or 'doing things together'. Focusing on the lives of young people, it explores key transformations at work in contemporary social life, including individualisation, processes of inclusion and exclusion, transformations in socialisation, changing experiences of selfhood and embodiment, together with new forms of power. It does so through focusing each week on a social practice, from diet and eating together to new forms of digital collaborations and ways of sharing hopes and fears.
This module develops students' understanding of sociological theory by focusing on the key theories and ideas that have emerged from the late 20th to early 21st century. Specifically, it aims to develop student knowledge and understanding of the continuities and discontinuities within sociological theory during this period, and to explore the influences of classical and early modern sociological theory within contemporary sociological theory and debates. Throughout the module each of the theoretical approaches and ideas will be applied to contemporary social issues, thus underlining the relevance of the 'sociological imagination' to an understanding of different features and social transformations which have occurred within the global world today.
The aim of this module is to introduce social policy as a discipline and explore the ways in which social policy can contribute to our understanding, not only social and welfare policies and the processes through which they are developed, but also the analysis of social institutions, social divisions and social relations. It deals with contemporary social policy issues and critically analyses the extent to which social policy can affect in everyday personal and working lives. The module explores the idea of social welfare and its relationship to politics, society and implementation. The implications of contemporary social policy issues related to retirement and pension, social care and social security are considered.
The module aims to develop students? evaluative abilities regarding quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as well as to introduce them to the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of social research. It aims to make clear the links between theory, method and data, to define what data is within different research paradigms and the various ways of generating and analysing it, and to understand and critique published research. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and critique of secondary sources. The module also aims to prepare students for the development of a proposal for their final year dissertation project. Throughout the module students will apply the various components of research methods to the specific subject of the programme they are studying.
This module takes as its focus the transformations of institutions, relations, experiences and identities brought about by the forces of globalization. With a particular focus on political sociology, it examines the relationship between the contemporary nation-state and the forces of change operating above, below and alongside the state. The module explores the nature, dynamics and transformations of the state, and its relationship to society, in a globalising context also associated with important social changes in the fields of mobility, culture, the media, religion and security. The module aims to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools to evaluate the implications of globalisation for understanding the nature of, and relationship between, state and society in the contemporary era.
This module aims to synthesise learning from the undergraduate Sociology programme and provide an opportunity for students to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research knowledge and skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. Students will select a topic of personal interest they wish to study in-depth and will manage their own learning during this module, with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.
This module is designed to introduce students with an insight into how demographic change (for example, population distribution, age structure, labour force participation and ethnic composition) reshapes the local as well as the global societies and their implications on economy, health, politics and overall development. The module also aims to explore current debates about ageing populations as well as to understand issues affecting individual older people.
A key focus is the crucial relationship between old age and the welfare state, to a large extent concerned with the provision of support to older people. In addition, the module will assist students developing their knowledge by gathering demographics, information literacy, problem solving, ability to present explanations, written communication, critical thinking, citizenship and responsibility for the state in the 21st century.
Aims: to link academic learning to a placement organisation, providing an opportunity to apply, consolidate and develop skills and knowledge from the University to the placement and future employment. This practical experience module provides the means for students to link academic work with the 'real world' situation in order to conceptualise the meaning of theory in the wider world context.
This module facilitates the embedding of transferable and graduate skills necessary for future career paths and employment. The student will reflect on areas of knowledge relevant to the placement learning experience and develop knowledge through a review of their learning. The placement learning experience provides students with the opportunity to enhance their skills of self-expression, communication, self-reliance and co-operation. Students will also engage in risk assessment.
The module aims to introduce students to the processes responsible for the creation of social exclusion and to the policies aimed to promote inclusion. The module introduces the students to the three key areas in which one can look for causes, the economy, the state and in the functions of daily life.
This module aims to provide a broad overview of statistical methods and data analysis for social sciences. The module describes various sources of data, data collection, and data management, various statistical tools for model building purposes in social sciences. Moreover, it is designed to explore basic principles and to provide advanced instruction in data analysis, including the construction and analysis of tables, the graphical analysis of data, the use of statistical tests, the application of univariate, bivariate statistics and multivariate models to social science research, and the use of software programmes mainly SPSS to analyse data.
This module develops students' critical understanding of media, communication and society. In particular, it explores different aspects of the development of media and communication within a 'networked' global world; media institutions and the economic, political, cultural and social consequences of media concentration and convergence; media audiences and effects; media as a institution and instrument of state and state policy; and various issues and debates related to the role of the media in societies.
The module also looks at the development of new media technologies as providing alternative and oppositional opportunities and perspectives; as an 'autonomous' public sphere; as a key mobilising resource used by collective movements and protest groups to challenge dominant ideological and hegemonic representations and 'common sense' understandings of the world. This module will be of interest to any student interested in examining the role of different media and media institutions in a transnationally communicative world.
This module aims to critically explore and understand violence in all its angles and meanings and from a global perspective: from personal violence (domestic violence and gender violence, for example) to systemic violence (violence perpetrated by the state and its apparatus), from the street violence of riots and political radicalism to the 'inherent violence of globalisation, capitalism, fundamentalism and language' to use Slavoj Zizek's words. Students will be offered the opportunity to develop a critical knowledge of a number of issues related to violence and to locate them both within a national and a global perspective.
This module provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop an in-depth understanding of the sociology of contentious politics. The emphasis of the module is on the social context in which social movements arise to articulate and address the problems and conflicts of their time. Students will be introduced to the main theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of social conflict and social change in an historical context, as well as the epistemological and methodological issues that pertain to the study of social transformation. The module culminates in a focus on the contemporary context of the global financial crisis and the social conflicts that have arisen in its wake.
Many contemporary nation states are increasingly characterised by diversity, to the point of being commonly referred to as 'cosmopolitan'. Such diversity may be presented as threat and/or opportunity, depending on the nature and extent of that diversity, and on the standpoint from which the diversity is being judged.
This module seeks to explore some of the most significant dimensions of diversity, as experienced within the late-modern era. In so doing, it will examine the nature, dynamics, effects and conflicts surrounding these diversities, and consider both the commonalities and differences associated with them. The module will adopt a comparative approach, examining the varied ways in which diversity becomes significant in different national contexts.
The course is taught through lectures, seminars and workshops, and integrates field visits, volunteering and placements, with extensive first-hand experience of working with practitioners in different settings.
The course also attracts world-class scholars and practitioners, who will engage with students on a regular basis.
The course involves a range of assessment, reflecting different ways of learning. These include essays and reports, verbal presentations and posters, data analysis using SPSS, analysis of interviews and visual data (film and photography) using nVivo, as well as analysis of large data sets.
We accept applications from students with a wide range of qualifications and a combination of qualifications. Please refer to the table below for our typical offers for this course.
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels minimum two, maximum three subjects
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma minimum two, maximum three subjects
Access to HE Diploma
Overall pass: must include 45 credits at level 3, of which 15 must be at Merit or higher
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
This course is linked to a wide range of employment opportunities, from youth services, care and welfare services, local and national government, the NHS, NGOs and advocacy groups, social enterprise, health, housing and urban policy, Office for National Statistics, and the voluntary sector.
The course's international focus also opens up employment opportunities within Europe and beyond, in particular in the area of social policy and development.
In the third-year, all social policy students undertake a placement with supporting organisations, from local government to social care providers, while the course also offers the possibility of a year-long 'sandwich' work-based placement.
The University's Employability Service will help you develop the skills that employers are seeking and to gain valuable work experience in your chosen field. It provides workshops, events and one-to-one support related to job hunting, CVs, covering letters, interviews and networking.
This support extends to help with securing part-time work, placements, internships and volunteering opportunities, while the Enterprise Development Hub aims to help entrepreneurial students launch their own business ventures, including social enterprises.
Below are just a few examples of the types of careers that you could pursue after graduating with us: