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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Lanarkshire Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP-21

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

The BA (Hons) Social Science programme offers students a transformative interdisciplinary exposure to the world of social science research. You will be introduced to a range of social science disciplines, with particular focus on Politics, Psychology and Sociology, and provided with the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding of classical and contemporary social science. Course contentYou will be encouraged to engage critically with the research process whilst carrying out supervised research. In the course of your studies we will help you develop a range of key transferable skills to enhance your employability, including critical research skills, information literacies, data-handling and analysis and communication skills. Throughout the programme, you will be supported and encouraged to become a reflective, self-regulated, independent learner.Year 1We will immerse you in the world of social science research from your first day with us, through the 40-credit Research & Inquiry 1 module you undertake in your first trimester. Alongside this key module you will be introduced in your first year to the key issues and concepts in Criminal Justice, Psychology, Politics and Sociology.Year 2In year two you will deepen your engagement with the key debates in social science. Core modules address questions of power, citizenship, global society, and the classical works of social, political and psychological thought. Your studies will be underpinned by the Research & Inquiry 2 module which builds on the research skills you developed in first year.Year 3In year three you will undertake the Research & Inquiry 3 module which will help you deepen your developing skills as a researcher ahead of your final year dissertation. In addition to this 40-credit core module you can select from a menu of electives encompassing topics such as Scottish society, politics and religion, US politics, media and society, and social psychology, among many others.Year 4 (Honours)In your final year you will undertake a 40-credit dissertation, through which you will complete the research journey you began with the Research & Inquiry 1 module in first

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15 January 2020

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Scottish HND : Pass

Year 3SQA HND (Grade BB) / BTEC Level 5 HND: Social Sciences or Social Studies

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University information

University of the West of Scotland

  • University League Table

    109th

  • Campus address

    University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA1 2BE, Scotland

Subject rankings

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    70th out of 102 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 212
    114 58%

    58th

    27
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    52 52%

    65th

  • Student satisfaction

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    3.97 79%

    62nd

    17

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