What holds societies together? Do people pull together because they have to or because they want to? What motivates so many people to migrate from their own societies to others? What have been the major achievements, setbacks, and challenges to the global human rights movement? How do domestic and international politics interact in ways that are important for the promotion and protection of human rights?
Our BA Sociology with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad) allows you to study both areas of sociology and human rights. Sociology is the study of the different kinds of social tensions, interactions and networks that make up everyday life. We ask why individuals, groups, cultures and peoples are the way they are and how they might be different. We provide you with the practical means to investigate such questions through a range of research design techniques. Our study of human rights draws on law, politics and social science and focuses on the definition, development, defence and abuse of rights around the world.
Your modules are taught by our Department of Sociology and the Human Rights Centre. The first year includes an introduction to human rights and foundational courses in sociology. The second year includes the modules Issues and Methods in Human Rights and Continuity and Controversy in Sociology which develop research techniques and continues on from your first year module. You spend your third year abroad, where you must take modules related to your course. In your final year you take Human Rights Colloquium and Current Disputes in Sociology. You will also write a supervised dissertation which is a great opportunity to evidence the skills you have developed to future employers or prepare for postgraduate study.
The special characteristics of our courses are flexibility and choice. In your first year, you usually take four or five modules that include pre-requisite(s) for your course but, in many cases, mean you can try subjects you have not come across before. If you are taking a humanities or social science, then you have the greatest choice, as most of our first-year modules do not assume any specialist knowledge.
With a small number of exceptions, if you successfully complete the first year of your BA, then you are qualified to enter the second year of that course and a range of other courses: for example, if you take economics, politics, philosophy and sociology, then you have a choice of at least nine possible single or joint honours courses at the end of your first year. This means you can change your course, providing you have taken the appropriate pre-requisites and places are available. We offer a range of optional modules in your second- and final-years and most courses allow you to undertake a final-year project, an individual piece of research on a topic that interests you.
We operate a credit framework for our awards, which is based on principles widely used across the UK university sector. Each module has a credit rating attached and our standard three-year course consists of 360 credits (120 credits in your first year, and 240 credits across your second and final years).
Please note that module information on our course finder provides a guide to course content and may be subject to review on an annual basis.
Foundations of Human Rights;
Sociology and the Modern World;
Researching Social Life I; and
one sociology option
Issues and Methods in Human Rights;
Continuity and Controversy in Sociology; and
two sociology or human rights options
Human Rights Colloquium;
Current Disputes in Sociology;
Sociology Project; and
one sociology or human rights option
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