Psychosocial Studies BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)

University Centre West Anglia (Kings Lynn)

September

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.

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

Using our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond, we nurture creativity and critical thinking to educate, entertain, inspire and understand people, as well as improving their lives.

In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking to educate, entertain, inspire and understand people, as well as improving their lives.

Where can I study?

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2018/19 (per year)

£8,490

How do I pay my fees?

You can pay your fees in the following ways.

Tuition fee loan

You can take out a tuition fee loan, which you won’t need to start repaying until after your graduate. Or alternatively, there's the option to pay your fees upfront.

Loans and fee payments

Scholarships

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Some of these cover all or part of your tuition fees.

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Funding for UK & EU students

Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.

We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

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.

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 answers@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.

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