Social Sciences (BSc): 4-year, part-time, central London

Year of Entry

2017

Start date

October 2017

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

4 years part-time

Attendance

1-2 evenings a week

The BSc Social Sciences is a flexible, interdisciplinary degree that will give you the theoretical tools and knowledge to better understand the social-political world, why social inequality persists and how your own life experiences intersect with wider social structures, such as 'race', class and gender. The knowledge and skills that you will build on this programme are highly valued in today's world of work and will build your capacity as a thinker, communicator and analyst.

The course is structured around 4 courses that cover the fundamentals of social theory, social and public policy, and research methods. You can choose from over 30 option modules each year from across the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy, so you can make the degree your own, focusing on your own interests, strengths and experiences.

BSc Social Science students come from a range of backgrounds and pursue a wide spectrum of careers, including in central or local government, public policy, cultural industries, enterprise, social research and journalism. You will study in the evening alongside London's working professionals and be taught by academics who are world-leading researchers and experts in their field, committed to engaging and participatory teaching.

This course is available for full-time and part-time evening study in central London and Stratford.

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Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • Birkbeck's innovative, creative and interdisciplinary courses will help you become a competent, critical and responsible student of the social world and the psychological and social forces that shape individuals.
  • Follow your interests and choose to specialise in communication, geography, history, politics, psychosocial studies, social anthropology or social policy.
  • You will join a flourishing and diverse undergraduate student community.
  • Ours is a vibrant research culture, powered by a shared passion for learning and intellectual engagement among our academics and students.
  • In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.
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Course structure

This programme consists of modules worth a total of 360 credits, comprising 120 credits at Levels 4, 5 and 6 respectively.

A typical part-time route through the programme is as follows:

In Year 1, you are introduced to key contemporary debates in the social sciences and to university study in general. You take 1 compulsory module and choose option modules at Level 4 worth a total of 60 credits.

In Year 2, you study the debates associated with the social science disciplines about the person as an individual and as a member of multiple local, national and international collectivises. You are introduced to debates in social theory, drawing on a number of disciplinary perspectives. You are also introduced to the research methods used in the social sciences, including qualitative and quantitative techniques and related epistemological debates. You take 2 compulsory modules and choose a Level 5 option module worth 30 credits.

In Year 3, you are introduced to issues of social and public policy and how these relate to theoretical debates in the social sciences. You take 1 compulsory module, plus a Level 5 option module worth 30 credits and a Level 6 option module worth 30 credits.

In Year 4, you can either choose to undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits and option modules worth 30 credits, or you can choose option modules worth 90 credits.

To find out more, read our programme handbook.

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