Our BA Sociology with Psychology lets you study two social sciences that naturally complement each other. You'll get a well-rounded understanding of the major concepts and themes in both contemporary sociology and psychology – and how they relate to everyday life.
Through a range of teaching methods, you’ll learn to analyse both macro and micro information, developing the skills needed to transform your findings into concrete, confident arguments. You’ll also enhance your research ability and gain valuable professional experience through a range of hands-on opportunities and work placements.
You’ll be part of our engaging learning environment, with a specialist teaching approach that gives you plenty of support throughout your studies. You’ll also get a free electronic textbook for every module as part of your course.
Our links with community organisations and NGOs across London means you’ll get opportunities to build your professional skills with a range of prestigious work placement opportunities.
You’ll have the option to extend your course by a year to spend your third year building the skills employers want as part of a paid work placement at a community organisation or NGO. Our academic advisers will also help you find your placement and give you the support you need to complete a winning application.
During your course, you’ll get personalised support from your Personal Tutor, Student Learning Assistant, and Graduate Academic Assistant. Their first-hand experience in sociology and psychology means they understand how to best support you.
Graduates of our psychology and sociology degree have launched careers in research, teaching, management, and a range of strategic roles.
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This module introduces the diversity and breadth of approaches in the discipline of psychology and the many ways psychologists study the human mind and behaviour. Topical introductions will be provided in selected areas of individual differences, developmental, cognitive, biological, and social psychology. The characteristic approaches adopted within these areas of psychology are explored and you are encouraged to adopt a reflective and critical perspective on the subject matter covered. Throughout the module, you'll be encouraged to consider both commonalities and diversities in human thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
This module will allow you to develop enhanced study and communication skills, which will prepare you for university study. You'll become an independent learner and learn to take control of your own thinking and learning. Part of this transition is to find your voice as a student, explore what you care about in the field you are studying and develop a personal engagement with it.
This module will introduce the foundations of sociological theory to allow you to appreciate central questions and ideas that have shaped Sociology’s development as a discipline. You'll learn to recognise the way these continue to shape the way sociologists engage with today’s social world. You'll also gain the foundational knowledge needed for later sociology modules.
This module introduces the ways in which we can understand inequality from a qualitative research perspective. You'll learn how ethnography and interviews as qualitative research methods are used by sociologists to study social inequality, and produce diverse findings about divisions in society. You'll gain the practical skills to carry out ethnography and interviews, a skill that will be further developed during your second year.
This module introduces the importance of sociology and sociological enquiry in the community. You'll have the opportunity to focus on current social issues facing the local community, to better understand the ways in which social issues are framed, narrated and can be explored. You'll focus on both cause and effect, and through debating, discussing and engaging, explore how we think about social issues at the local, everyday level. You'll also look at the urban environment around the University, becoming part of the community of sociologists at Middlesex and beyond.
his module introduces the study of contemporary society. You'll learn core approaches to understanding contemporary society, by studying social structures, institutions and the social relations that comprise it from a global and intersectional lens. Each week, you'll be introduced to new contemporary topics, learning how they are debated, researched and theorised from varying sociological perspectives. The module will allow you to bring together learning from previous modules and develop your ability to apply theory to contemporary topics.
This module will give you a broad understanding of theoretical debates regarding the antecedents and consequences of social stratification and inequality. You'll be enabled to use secondary data analysis to answer questions related to social stratification and inequality issues. In seminars, you'll work with secondary data from ONS and surveys and use this data to describe specific instances of social inequality in Britain and other countries. You'll gain the key skills to undertake research method modules in your second year as well as developing a highly valued employability skill.
This module gives you the knowledge and skills to use SPSS for data analysis and thematic analysis to analyse qualitative data. You'll have the opportunity to propose a methodological research project on a topic of interest and produce a mixed method project. Part of the project involves forming a conversational guide, collecting and analysing data, and writing a report. You'll be prepared to undertake qualitative and quantitative research for your dissertation and study advanced research methods during your studies.
This module explores cutting edge research and contemporary ideas in applied psychology. Evolutionary and biological concepts will be explained and defined in terms of their relevance to current theory and application. The module will also deliver a critical reflection of recent research in these areas. Alternative aspects of applied psychology will also be reviewed. These will include forensic and clinical aspects of applied psychological research and theory. You will be encouraged to evaluate and disseminate this information through the application of policy design and psychological reasoning.
The module will develop your skills and capacities to use social theory in order to think creatively and constructively about ways in which the social and political world is changing today. You'll build on your knowledge of key thinkers studied in your first year, by linking this with your everyday life experiences. You'll begin to understand how societies are changing, linking with the evolution of founding theory, and by building on the knowledge of key theories that frame modern sociology.
This module will develop your understanding in using sociological thinking in bringing about social change. You'll consider theories of social change and how they are utilised by social groups and movements, and how different actors use sociological ideas to respond to social issues and problems. Through engaging with organisations and work practices, and campaigns and campaign groups, you'll gain practical skills that will foster your ability to engage in wider actions for social change around issues that concern you.
This module introduces the changing ways family, intimate and personal lives have been understood by sociology. You'll explore changing ideas of family structures and practices, and look at ‘family’ as a social institution, considering how it's shaped by government policy, social attitudes, religious practice, social spaces and institutions. You'll gain a broader understanding of intimate and personal life that include our relationships with friends, animals, colleagues, and ourselves.
This module will develop your understanding of the ways in which digital media touches on many aspects of social life, leaving our online and offline lives interrelated. The ongoing digitalisation of society presents important topics of investigation that range from everyday social to personal and political life. You'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which digital media is embedded in everyday life, for networking, political action and forming identities.
This module supports your personal and professional development by providing opportunities to gain practical experience within a community-based setting. You'll explore the links between academic study and community engagement in order to integrate and apply theoretical knowledge to real world issues. You'll understand the processes for structured reflection and gain an understanding of community concerns, cultural competence and ethical and social responsibilities. You'll gain a range of skills and knowledge useful for further studies and employment.
The module will develop your understanding in a range of paradigms for studying religion and religious experience, and relating these to the place of religion in contemporary societies as well as in their lives. The relation between religious experience, self and society is the focus of this module and you'll explore this relation through empirical, interpretive, ethnographic, critical, philosophical, psychoanalytical and theological frameworks. You'll also develop the skills and knowledge needed to undertake your Year 3 modules and/or a dissertation.
The module will expand your thinking around victimisation and consider this topic from a broader perspective, assessing societal responses to victimisation and who we consider to be a victim. You'll explore multiple crime types such as sexual and domestic violence, homicide, sex work, hate crime, financial crime and state crime, and you'll compare and contrast different theories and perspectives in relation to the concept of victimisation.
You can choose to study this module OR Race and Social Justice
This module introduces the contemporary issues in housing, welfare, education and care. You'll be able to analyse policy making and implementation and consider how people respond to policy and challenge policy decisions that impact their lives. You'll cover the history and development of the welfare state in the UK and the changes that have since taken place in government ideology, provision, and economics. You can develop your interest in the module themes in third year options that explore education, work and health in-depth.
One of the key challenges to mainstream criminology is that it often fails to consider gender as a factor of criminal and deviant behaviour. Gender impacts all aspects of crime and criminal justice as well as the regulation of people’s actions. This module develops your knowledge and skills to assess the gendered nature of crime and deviance.
This module introduces key questions in urban sociology and criminology and covers the main approaches which have developed in these fields. You'll be able to engage with the evolution of cities and what it implies for those who live in the communities, exploring questions of intra-urban inequalities, crime, disorder and social harm. At a time of planetary urbanisation, it's essential to engage with the complexity of the social institutions and the physical infrastructures that make up their fabric, considering questions around urban insecurity, gentrification and social housing in these debates.
This module aims to synthesise learning from previous sociology modules and gives you the opportunity to study independently and investigate a topic in depth, in accordance with the Sociology Benchmark Statement. It fosters academic curiosity; an inquiry-based approach, and the employment and application of research skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising.
This module will explore how education is understood and learning is valued in society by presenting educational institutions as sites of power and inequalities, capable of producing as well challenging patriarchy, racism and other forms of discrimination. You'll be able to reflect on your individual and collective experiences of learning, question what you've learned, and how, and what this means for you and your future.
This module will allow you to explore the application of psychology to social problems in the areas of crime, conflict and violence, taking into account individual, group and social factors. You'll consider how individuals and groups become involved in, and perpetuate, these problematic behaviours. You'll also consider the consequences for victims, government and justice responses, and approaches to prevention.
This module will develop your understanding in a range of digital and visual methods for conducting research and analysing data primarily through digital ethnography, semiotics and content analysis. You'll begin to look at innovative digital methodologies that are being developed in order to study digital media problems from a methodological and ethical position. You'll gain the practical skills needed to undertake visual and digital research and the knowledge to do this in an ethical way; useful for work and study environments in the future.
This module will allow you to critically review sociological perspectives on gender and sexuality. Drawing upon a range of theoretical frameworks, you'll critically review the ways in which gender and sexuality have been positioned within sociology. You'll be encouraged to critically analyse everyday experiences using theoretical material. You'll explore the ways in which gender and sexuality are intertwined with race, religion, age, dis/ability, class as well as other categories, and enables you to draw on sociological theory to evaluate the social world.
The module introduces several questions concerning home and housing in contemporary society as well as the way sociologists should confront these issues as they occupy a central place in the political, public and mediatic debate. It offers a sociology of housing and of the home, looking at the relationship between self, society and state. You'll focus on the UK context with the aim to consolidate a knowledge base in terms of theory, social policy and politics, but will also explore home in a global context. You'll have the opportunity to complete a capstone project or a dissertation in that field.
This module introduces a range of topics and theoretical and empirical debates within the field of health and disability studies from a sociological life course perspective. You'll reflect on everyday social situations and challenges people with disabilities experience. You'll explore how they are shaped and framed by social, economic and political explanations of health and disability. You'll be able to apply sociological insights developed in this module to health and disability studies and to health care professions you may choose to enter after graduation.
This module uses the workplace as a site of learning and professional development. It fosters the growth of key employability skills and a critical understanding of work place policies and practices. A central theme of this module is reflective practice and you'll be encouraged to engage in a process of action and reflection. You'll be supported in the meaningful integration of theoretical knowledge and placement practice as well as a critical awareness of ethical and professional behaviours. You'll gain a range of skills and knowledge useful for further studies and employment.
This module will allow you to explore the psychology of lifespan development using theoretical and research orientated approaches. You'll consider how psychological knowledge in the ways in which development can be investigated and observed can be undertaken from a variety of perspectives, as well as how it can be understood using models of cognitive, biological, socio-ecological, psychodynamic and developmental psychology. You'll also develop your understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding of lifespan development and can be practically applied to lifespan investigation.
This module introduces the ways in which psychological theories and methods contribute to our understanding of elite sport performance. You'll gain an understanding in the psychological, behavioural and social determinants of elite sport performance and explore the applications of sport psychology, from a practitioners perspective, to working with skilled performers.
This module introduces the area of occupational psychology, particularly in relation to stress, motivation and work-life balance. You'll investigate theories which underlie stress with a strong focus on the role of stress in the workplace. You'll gain an understanding of work-life balance and the real-world applications of promoting good work-life balance. The topics will be covered in a variety of ways, allowing you to engage with some of the critical debates around area, ranging from the complexities surrounding the conceptualisation of work-life balance to the impact it can have on the health of employees, whilst also incorporating the role of the employer. You'll be able to critically engage with an emerging and increasingly popular area of occupational psychology. This optional module is ideal if you have an interest in occupational psychology, specifically the links between work and home life, and how psychology has helped to shape this discipline. Work based stress, motivation and work-life balance are all employment based topics and so the knowledge and undestanding you'll gain will be relevant beyond your degree especially if you're planning to go into Human Resources, Occupational Psychology or wish to pursue a postgraduate course in this area.
This module will introduce the core aspects of evolutionary theory. You'll understand the application of evolutionary theory to behaviour and be able to demonstrate how behaviour can be regarded as the product of biological evolution. You'll discuss how evolutionary approaches complement other frameworks and add another level of explanation to scientific understanding. You'll cover various evolutionary approaches including ethology, behavioural ecology and evolutionary psychology, and be able to discuss key findings and methodological differences.
This module considers the ‘big’ questions about intimate relationships. You'll take a scientific approach to investigating topics such as closeness, trust, love, partner selection, issues in relationships (conflict, betrayal, infidelity, jealousy and power) and relationship maintenance and dissolution (including separation and loss). You'll develop knowledge and understanding of theories and models of intimate relationships and the research that has contributed to this. With its emphasis on ‘science’, you'll go beyond the classic psychological approach of intimate relationships (e.g. theories of attachment, interpersonal attraction and love) to consider relevant theory and research from the broader behavioural sciences (e.g. evolutionary biology, physiology, cybernetics and artificial intelligence). You'll take a research and practice lead perspective and examine how theory, research tools and data have been translated into practice. You'll also have the opportunity to hear from practicing clinicians, bringing real world examples to illustrate theory. This module is ideal for those who wish to further their understanding into how and why intimate relationships are a defining feature of human experience.
This module introduces music psychology. This new field studying human psychological responses to music includes emotion regulation, cognitive benefits, inter-personal coordination and empathy. The study of music as part of human communication and cognition has long eluded the psychological disciplines, yet music is universal. In the last twenty years the amount of published studies and applications has blossomed, making music psychology a very topical area with significant ramifications in educational and rehabilitative contexts as well as health, wellbeing and developmental disorders. The module also introduces aspects of music as they have been studied within different psychological fields, including behavioural neuroscience.
This module will develop your ability to understand the application of therapeutic theory to clinical practice. You'll advance your capacity for reflection and critical analysis in relation to working with mental health issues. In doing so, you'll demonstrate the application of theory in order to formulate clinical material based on clinical case studies. You'll be introduced to critical consideration of various psychological intervention strategies in relation to clinical case studies as well as to the inner workings of everyday therapeutic practice through the lived experiences of practising clinicians (e.g. the module leaders). Further examples will be given in class in the form of case studies and role-play.
This module will develop your understanding of how theoretical, empirical and personal examples arising in the fields of academia, research and clinical practice contribute to understanding life experience and psychology. You'll be encouraged to think reflectively about the psychological relevance of social norms, expectations, stereotypes and issues of personal identity and nurture on life experience and development.
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Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
Sociology and Psychology are amongst the oldest and most established of the social sciences within Higher education. Both disciplines are highly regarded by employers in both the public and private sectors. Graduates in each of these subjects have some of the best postgraduate employment records of all degrees at Middlesex. Graduates of this course have gone on to careers in research, teaching, management and a range of strategic roles within both the public and private sectors. What support is available?
Mia teaches with a focus on bringing a psychological lens to the study of criminology. Her PhD research on forensic psychology focuses on child custody in the context of intimate partner violence and abuse. Her previous research has included topics such as young people and pornography, online child protection in the EU and MENA region, domestic violence protection orders, suicide and young people who offend.
Prior to joining Middlesex, Dr Kaur obtained her doctorate from Loughborough University, which was funded by Loughborough University's Doctoral College studentship. Whilst at Loughborough University, she was an co-convenor for the Culture and Media Analysis Research Group and has worked as a content analyst for the 2017 General Election, 2015 General Election and 2016 Referendum projects led by the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture.
Sociology BA student
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Start: October 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement
Start: October 2021
Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years full-time with placement, 5 years part-time
Start: October 2021
Duration: 1 year full-time, + 3 years full-time
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