Psychosocial Studies BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

College of West Anglia

September 2016

code: C880

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Overview

This new area of study, explores the relationship between ‘self’ and society. It’s an excellent choice if you’re considering a career in fields such as health, education, criminal justice, social work or HR management.

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Full description

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in many fields, including criminal justice, health and allied professions, social work, teaching, and HR management.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • Comparing Social Lives
    This module will introduce you to the value of a comparative perspective in sociological study. By drawing on historical, anthropological and cross-cultural studies, you'll explore the material basis and constructed nature of social institutions, practices and belief systems. In particular, you'll consider the potential ethnocentricity of a perspective based on 'western' thinking. Drawing from a range of subjects including kinship and marriage, children and childhoods, health beliefs, settled and travelling cultures, and ways of thinking about time, you'll investigate how and why different societies are organised in particular ways. Focusing on the similarities and differences found across societies, you'll explore the impact of globalisation on these. You'll be encouraged to reflect on your own autobiographies to consider your own life in local, national and global contexts.

Year two, core modules

Year two, optional modules

  • Knowledge and Belief
    On this module you'll consider the argument that, since the turn of the 20th century, different forms of knowledge have transformed not only the way in which we understand the social and natural worlds but the very nature of our lives. You'll begin by evaluating Max Weber's distinction between formal and substantive rationality and his claim that, since the start of the last century, formal rationality has undermined other human value systems. In relation to this, you'll consider what consequences the rise of bureaucratic and rational processes has had upon traditional faith-based beliefs. In the second part of the module, you'll focus upon two issues of debate in contemporary social and philosophical theory: the progress of science and technology and debates concerning the modern and the post-modern. Your assessment will comprise of a group presentation and a 2,000 word essay.

Year three, core modules

Year three, optional modules

Assessment

We’ll assess your progress via a mix of exams, essays, class tests, individual and group presentations, book reviews, portfolio, and dissertation. 

Where you'll study

Your faculty

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Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.

Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.

If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.

Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

Where can I study?

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Study in the bustling market towns of King’s Lynn or Wisbech, or the historic city of Cambridge.

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Fees & funding

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

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Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.

How to pay your fees directly

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Funding for UK & EU students

We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.

Grants and scholarships are available for:

Entry requirements

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Interview may be required.

All applicants must have GCSE English at grade C or above or equivalent.

180 UCAS points consisting of two relevant A levels with at least one at grade C or above.

National diploma with at least two units at merit or above.

Or pass or above at Access level, with three units at merit or above.

Mature students with equivalent qualifications or appropriate employment experience may also be considered for an entry onto the programme.

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email admissions@anglia.ac.uk for further information.

We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.

Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.

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