Sociology provides ways of making sense of a world undergoing unprecedented social change and uncertainty. This programme provides you with an understanding of core traditions and contemporary developments in sociological thinking and research. It also features a range of specialist areas such as race and ethnic identity, sociological approaches to violence, terrorism and society, new media technologies, the sociology of health, sex and gender and the sociology of science and technology.
Within the Politics element of your degree, you will be taught by people who have advised government departments or have conducted international conflict mediation exercises. They bring this experience to their teaching, giving you the opportunity to see how theoretical ideas apply in the real world. You can also take part in the weekly extracurricular Open Forum, where students and staff discuss and debate key issues that affect higher education and politics in the world today.
Kent's School of Politics and International Relations has a cosmopolitan community and excellent links with prestigious institutions in Europe and beyond. Our academic staff are engaged in cutting-edge research on a wide variety of political issues such as ethno-political conflict, human rights, social theories of justice, voting behaviour and electoral reform.
In the National Student Survey 2013 95% of Sociology students were satisfied with the quality of their course. And, in The Complete University Guide 2014, Sociology research was rated 2nd in the UK.
In the 2012 National Student Survey, the School of Politics and International Relations was ranked 3rd in the UK for overall student satisfaction.
The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules that will be available to you and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules, you may also have the option to take wild modules from other programmes offered by the University in order that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas of interest to you or that may further enhance your employability.
Possible modules may include:
PO326 - Introduction to Political Science
PO327 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
SO336 - Sociology of Everyday Life
SO337 - Fundamentals of Sociology
SO408 - Sociological Theory: The Classics
SO305 - Introduction to Criminology
SO334 - Modern Culture
PO314 - Introduction to Political Thought
SA300 - Social Problems and Social Policy I: Youth,The family and the State
You have the opportunity to select wild modules in this stage
Possible modules may include:
PO661 - Comparative Politics: Dictatorship and Democracy
PO657 - Political Research and Analysis
SO727 - Contemporary Sociological Theory
Possible modules may include:
SA503 - A Future for the Welfare State? Social Change, Challenge and Crisis
SA519 - The Social Politics of Food
SA525 - Education,Training and Social Policy
SA531 - The Care and Protection of Children and Families
SO505 - Sociology of Crime and Deviance
SO506 - Popular Culture, Media and Society
SO509 - Health, Illness and Medicine
SO525 - Environmental Politics
SO532 - Mental Health
SO533 - Gender, Crime and Criminal Justice
SO534 - Violence and Society
SO535 - Youth and Crime
SO536 - Criminal Justice in Modern Britain:Development, Issues and Politics
SO537 - Race and Racism
SO538 - Childhood, Society and Children's Rights
SO539 - Environmental Policy and Practice
SO575 - Poverty, Inequality and Social Security
SO594 - Terrorism and Modern Society
SO595 - Reproductive Health Policy in Britain
SO601 - Welfare in Modern Britain
SO602 - Social Research Methods
SO603 - Health and Health Policy
SO645 - The Third Sector: Charities and Social Enterprises in Modern Societies
SO657 - Digital Culture
SO659 - Risk and Society
SO668 - The Sociology of Work
SO676 - Cultures of Embodiment
SO678 - Caring for Vulnerable Adults: Understanding Social Care
SO679 - Research Dissertation
SO684 - Globalization and Development
SO689 - Drugs, Culture and Control
SO702 - Sociology and Social Politics of the Family
SO709 - Modern Chinese Societies
SO710 - War, Atrocity and Genocide
SO712 - Urban Sociology
PO555 - International Organisation: The UN System
PO557 - Japan in the World
PO558 - The Contemporary Politics of Japan
PO559 - Ethics in International Relations
PO563 - Foreign Policy Analysis and Management
PO566 - Europe and the World
PO579 - Post Communist Russia
PO590 - Specialist Dissertation (2 units)
PO592 - Rights, Freedoms and Individualism:Contemporary Liberalism in Question
PO593 - Engendering Politics:Feminist Contributions to Political Theory
PO597 - Governance & Politics of Contemporary China
PO599 - European Security Co-operation since 1945
PO607 - Comparative European Politics
PO611 - Politics of the European Union
PO612 - Policy-making in the EU
PO616 - The Politics of Trust (in the USA)
PO617 - Contemporary Politics and Government in the United States
PO618 - East European Politics
PO623 - Modern Political Thought
PO629 - Terrorism and Political Violence
PO630 - Politics of The Middle East
PO634 - Understanding US Foreign Policy: War, Trans- formation and Terror
PO636 - Conflict and Security in Africa
PO638 - Political Behaviour in Britain
PO639 - Humanitarian Communication
PO645 - Market States and Post Democracy
PO646 - Presidents, Parliaments and Democracy
PO652 - Politics in the Classroom
PO653 - Marxism
PO654 - Politics of Deeply Divided Societies
PO656 - Humans at War
PO658 - The Rise of China
PO659 - Resistance, Suffering and Leadership: The Political Lives of DGandhi, M
PO660 - International Conflict and Cooperation
PO662 - The International Politics of Global Climate Change
PO664 - Conflict Analysis and Northern Ireland: History, Politics & Culture
PO665 - Advanced Topics in Politics and International Relation
PO666 - Religion and International Politics
PO667 - War and Peace in International Society
PO668 - International Political Economy
PO669 - Conservatism: Politics and International Relations of the Right
PO671 - International Security
PO672 - Advanced Analysis of British Politics
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