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Sociology with Psychology BA Honours

Develop your research abilities and theoretical knowledge to build understanding of both sociology and psychology - and improve your employability.
Code
L3C8
Start
October 2020
Duration
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,400 (INT) *
Course leader
Magali Peyrefitte

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning as we start the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting in autumn 2020, there’s more detail on how we’ll deliver your course below, and in particular on the ‘Teaching’ tab under ‘Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020’.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

Why study sociology with psychology with us

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.

Build your practical skills

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.

Get the support you need to succeed

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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What will you study on the BA Sociology with Psychology?

You will analyse the nature of social relationships between individuals, groups and social institutions. Your understanding of major concepts and themes in contemporary sociology and psychology will be developed and you will be able to relate them to life in the community. You will also examine a range of research strategies and methods in sociology and psychology and assess the appropriateness of their use.

Modules

We’ve made sure that the skills and knowledge that you’ll gain on your course will not change during the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re applying to start this course or progressing into year one, two or three this autumn, your module information is below.

  • Year 1

    • Mind and Behaviour in Context (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Finding Your Voice: Communication and Academic Skills for Sociologists (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Sociology: The Big Ideas (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Exploring Inequality Qualitatively (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Sociology in Action (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Everyday Sociology: Contemporary Ideas and Debates (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Measuring Social Inequalities (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

  • Year 2

    • Research Methods for Studying Contemporary Society (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Contemporary Issues in Psychology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Sociological Theory (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Sociology and Social Change (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

  • Year 2: Choose one optional module

    • Sociology of Intimate and Personal Lives: Family, Friendship and Self (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Digital Media and the Social World (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Volunteering for Engagement and Professional Development (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Religion, Self and Society (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

  • Year 2: Choose one optional module

    • Victimology (15 credits) - Optional

      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

    • Our Social World: Welfare, Care, Education and Housing in Contemporary Britain (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Gender and Crime (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Cities and Communities (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

  • Year 3

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Education and the Learning Process (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

    • Critical Forensic Psychology (15 credits) - Compulsory

      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.

  • Year 3: Choose one optional module

    • Digital and Visual Methods (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Gender, Sexuality and Society (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

  • Year 3: Choose two optional modules

    • Home, Housing the Society (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Life Course, Health and Disability (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Learning at Work (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

  • Year 3: Choose one optional module

    • Lifespan Stages: Adult Stages of Development (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Key Issues and Controversies in the Psychology of Elite Sport Performance (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • The Psychology of Stress, Motivation and Work-Life Balance (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Evolutionary Approaches to Behaviour (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • The Science of Intimate Relationships (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Psychology of Music (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Therapeutic Psychology (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

    • Lifespan Issues: Impact of Life Experience (15 credits) - Optional

      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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:

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.

  1. Overview
  2. Teaching and learning – changes for students in 2020
  3. Teaching and learning – typical structure
  4. Assessment and feedback
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  3. How to apply
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  3. Additional costs

How can the BA Sociology with Psychology support your career?

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?

What support is available?

Our Employability Service will help you to develop skills desired by top employers and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, writing your CV and cover letters, interview coaching and advice on how to network effectively. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

Mia Scally
Programme leader

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.

Dr Herminder Kaur
Senior lecturer

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.

  • Icram Serroukh

    Sociology BA student

    When I look back on my course to date, I'd say that one of the most enjoyable things has been the variety of module content offered which has opened my mind and allowed me to start viewing the world and society in a more analytical manner. I've learnt many new things and have managed to do so independently whilst furthering my imagination, which is great!

    My dissertation project has been one of the pieces of work I'm most proud of, even if it has also been the most challenging piece. The sense of achievement after completing it has made it worthwhile though. Once I graduate I would love to teach Sociology to others and inspire them in the same way I have been. I believe that the fantastic lecturers I've had along with all the extra curricular activities I've participated in at Middlesex have helped me to educate myself and broaden my abilities.



We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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