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BA (Hons) Social Science

Course Overview

BA (Hons) Social Science offers you the chance to study locally for a nationally recognised and highly respected degree by enrolling as a student of the University Campus North Lincolnshire on a programme validated by the University of Lincoln, but living and studying at home.

Dedicated Higher Education facilities together with good access to learning resources means that you don’t have to travel far to get a good education. We offer a structured approach to study, which provides you with a rigorous yet enjoyable undergraduate experience.

The programme considers a wide range of contemporary social issues and concerns such as poverty, homelessness, environmental problems and crime with a good balance between theory and evidence. Using the disciplines of Criminology, Politics, Social Policy, Social Theory, Research Methods and Study Skills, BA Social Science considers both the causes of such problems and how they may be tackled in a relaxed but stimulating environment. We expect you to make an impact to the programme by giving you the opportunity to develop your own interests and pose your own arguments.

Year 1 offers a general introduction to understanding and applying Social Science whilst developing you as a student.

Social Policy considers the varying ways in which society looks after its members with the emphasis being upon debates around the extent and nature of welfare provision. For example, should state welfare provision take full responsibility for members of society or should the individual look after themselves?

Criminology focuses on the study of crime and deviance, considering not only what deviance is, but also how we come to know about it and how we may seek to prevent or punish criminal activities.

Social Research attempts to gauge opinion on various social phenomenon. For example, this could be testing the effectiveness of a social policy or understanding the complexities of drug addiction.

Politics introduces students to the role and scope of the British Government and assessing Britain’s place in the world.

Years 2 and 3 build upon these fields of interest and develop into more focussed attention of human rights issues, theories of punishment, political activism, sociological concerns such as race, gender, sexuality and social class and the influence of the body on the self. Students are afforded increasing levels of autonomy in relation to developing their own individual study interests.

The study of each field of study contributes to the others and you will find that the programme as a whole is focused upon developing a wider understanding of social issues. You will also take a Study Skills module, which will not only develop your approaches to Social Science but also increase your level of academic ability. A dedicated employability module in Year 2 will encourage you to research your chosen career pathway and develop your transferable skills.

Our academic week involves class-based study usually delivered through lectures and interactive seminars/workshops with assessments throughout the year. You will be expected to engage in weekly reading prior to sessions.

32 UCAS Points

Mature students without the required number of UCAS points will be assessed via interview.

Previous graduates have taken up a variety of positions such as:
• Teaching, BA (Hons) Social Science is acceptable for gaining Qualified Teacher Status in some subjects
• Prison and Probation Officers
• Training Co-ordinator
• Housing Officer (Ongo)
• Social Inclusion Officer (Schools)
• Development Officer (Young Offenders),
• Education Project Worker (HM Prisons)
• Mental Health project leader
• Support Worker (with a variety of vulnerable groups within society)

Others have used it to gain entry to the Police Force and to Nursing. Some have continued their learning and studied at Masters level in a variety of topic areas, such as Education, Criminology, Politics, International Relations, Law, Gender and Social Work.

Many employers do not specify a particular degree when recruiting therefore you could apply your knowledge to almost any job role.

A variety of assessment methods are used including written essays, presentations, portfolios, mixed media assignments, in-class tests, examinations, posters and a dissertation.

Your Tuition fees cover the majority of costs associated with your programme (including registration, tuition and assessment.)

There may be some extra costs that you might need to make or choose to pay.

Books (you’ll have access to books from your module reading lists in the HE library, but you may want to buy your own copies
Printing and photocopying
If your programme includes a work placement, you may be required to pay for a Basic or Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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      BA (Hons) Social Science

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