BA (Hons) Sociology

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Overview

The BA Sociology offers exciting opportunities for students to study the cutting-edge discipline of sociology in the vibrant city of Manchester. It is aimed at students who want to understand and analyse contemporary social phenomena, trends and struggles as well as think critically about solutions to pressing social issues.

The first year introduces students to the building blocks of sociology: key sociological concepts and theories, social divisions and problems, and major transformations – such as globalisation or digital culture – which are altering the fabric of contemporary society. Students will receive training in a wide range of research methods during the first two years and be equipped to undertake their own independent research project in the final year.

Our large, multi-disciplinary department believes in offering students extensive optionality to study specific areas of sociology in depth. Throughout the degree, there is an emphasis on developing skills and experiences that are relevant to professional careers, including work experience, study-abroad schemes, and independent project work. If students wish, they can study a foreign language as part of their degree. In the final year students have the option of moving onto the BSc route, which means receiving extensive quantitative methods training and graduating with a BSc title.

This course has a Foundation Year available.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

There is the potential to work in areas such as probation work, housing, family care and other roles in social services. Other graduates have gone into administrative and managerial jobs in local or national government, or working for the voluntary sector.

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2019 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2020 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

112

Minimum 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A Levels or equivalent (such as BTEC National Extended Diploma at Level 3 DMM or Advanced Diploma).

A2 in a social science or humanities subject is required

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 112 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

6.0. with no element below 5.5

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Sociology is an exciting and contemporary discipline which investigates the big questions: How does society work? Why are some groups of people (dis)advantaged and denied opportunities? How do people experience their everyday lives? Where do social patterns, structures and common ways of "doing things" come from? What are the dominant belief systems and whose interests do they serve?

In investigating these questions sociology considers the role that individuals play in shaping their lives as well as the larger structural forces and organisations which impact on them. Sociology is a critical discipline which questions the status quo and scrutinises every aspect of society, from consumption to work, from the media to politics, from crime to personal relationships; this is what makes it such an incredibly wide-ranging and cutting-edge discipline.   

As students progress through this course, they will have increasing flexibility to pursue their own specific sociological interests through a range of optional units. The course is supported by the use of innovative teaching methods, particularly interactive learning, and students will develop a wide range of transferable skills, which will prove valuable for a wide range of graduate careers.

In Year 1, core subjects address the range of sociological perspectives on modern society, and methods for understanding the changes modern society is undergoing.

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Core Units

Working with Quantitative Evidence

This unit introduces students to working with quantitative datasets and teaches core numeracy skills.

Analysing Social Problems

This unit outlines a range of contemporary social problems and introduces the critical analysis of social problems.

Social Theory

This unit introduces students to key sociological theories and thinkers to understand and explain the workings of society.

Global Society

This unit focuses on globalisation - its causes, patterns and consequences - and the globalisation of contemporary society. It considers the global integration of societies, international politics and culture and the relations between the national-local-global.

Digital Society

This unit deals with the transformation of society ushered in by digital technology and convergence culture, focusing on the impact of digital media on everyday practices and institutional patterns.

Researching Crime and Society

This unit introduces all students to a range of qualitative research methods in sociology and criminology.

In Year 2, the core subjects that you will undertake will further develop your social research skills and address a range of sociological theories, covering a wide range of debating issues along the way.

You will also be able to select from a wide-range of optional units to study to complete the requisite number of units for the year. The optional units below are indicative of the type of units that will be available.

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Core Units

Contesting Social Theory

This unit covers key sociological theories as well as important 'alternative' work that has been sidelined by the traditional canon.

Quantitative Data Analysis

This unit further develops students' knowledge, skills and confidence in the use of statistical techniques for the analysis of quantitative datasets.

Creative Research Methods

This unit explores creative methodologies for researching the contemporary social world (for example, the use of mixed methods, digital technologies and creative fiction).

Social (In)Justice

This unit explores the continuing inequalities in contemporary society, looking at causes, patterns and impact.

Option Units

The Culture of Britishness Level 5

This unit explores British identities and British culture(s) in the contemporary moment. The major focus is on the negotiation of 'Britishness' in a multi-ethnic and diverse society.

World Without Borders Level 5

Analyses key issues in transnational studies: e.g. gender, migration, livelihoods, violent conflicts/war.  Discussion of key issues concerning globalisation and transnationalism - e.g. uneven development; the local and the global; relative weight of the economic, social and cultural. The unit then goes on to examine selected, specific topics including: changes in women's status, sexuality and family relationships; globalisation and livelihoods; migration and multiculturalism; wars and violent conflicts.

Women's Lives: National and International Perspectives Level 5

An overview, comparison and analysis of gender and women's lives in varying societies. Issues include family, work, health, social change and women's movements. It covers topics such as: approaches to disadvantage and subordination; theoretical approaches to gender; discussions of social change and globalisation in relation to women's lives across the world.

Victims and Restorative Justice Level 5

This unit looks at what it means to be a victim of crime and how people become recognised as victims.  It will also consider restorative justice and what it has to offer victims.  The unit begins by analysing the difference between victimisation and victimhood: who is the 'ideal victim' and how have real victims been viewed by criminologists and the criminal justice system? The second section of the unit takes a critical criminological approach to questions of victimisation and power. The third section of the unit assesses the position of victims in the criminal justice system.

The Politics of Imprisonment Level 5

This unit will critically examine the functions, purpose and justifications for the use of punishment and imprisonment. It will consider the legitimacy of the state's use of punishment and legitimacy. The unit will examine contemporary studies to develop a critical understanding of punishment, social control and imprisonment.

Global Justice and Crime Control Level 5

This unit provides an introduction to international crime, transnational crime and crime control.  Competing theoretical approaches are examined and cross-national and international responses are contextualised. Your studies will include topics such as: Globalisation, cross-border crime and security; examining comparative criminology and criminal justice, social and historical context and the changing nature of security; theorising crime and its control in a global and transnational context;and examining the relationship between criminological and international relations perspectives on crime. 

Crime, Deviance and Control Level 5

This unit critically examines traditional, contemporary and critical explanations for the causes of 'crime' and 'deviance' in British society. It investigates the State's response to 'crime' and 'deviance', especially why particular groups are the focus of criminal justice interventions. The unit encourages and enhances the students' understanding of society's attitudes towards 'crime' and constructions of the 'offender' within contemporary society. This includes reflecting on official policies and practices targeted at specific 'offenders', for example those defined as 'gang' members, sex offenders or 'rioters'.

Consumption and Identity in Contemporary Society Level 5

This unit encourages you to reflect critically on contemporary consumer culture. The increasing commodification of everyday life is of chief consideration, along with the potential for alternative social, political and economic structures.

Deconstructing Gender (Level 5)

This unit seeks to deconstruct our everyday understanding of gender and explores how gender is linked to violent and criminal behaviour. Unit topics include gendered identities and their relationship to violence; violent spaces and masculinities (war and military / violent sports); the experiences of women in contact with the criminal justice system as victims and offenders, and campaigning for justice. 

Intimate Relationships and Personal Life Level 5

This unit explores the impact of wider social changes within late modernity on personal lives and intimate relationships, paying attention to both change and continuity. It critically examines claims made by social theorists about the detraditionalisation of sexual relationships and the 'transformation of intimacy' into a matter of personal choice and satisfaction. Moreover, it considers empirical evidence suggesting that traditionally gendered roles, family structures and sexual practices are still dominant in British society. Topics covered in the unit include couple relationships, sexual practices, weddings and marriage, love, commitment, friendship, and family relationships.

EdLab Level 5 (30 credits)

EdLab units enable students to gain credit for project-based learning conducted in partnership with external practitioners, charities and social enterprises, educational providers and other workplaces. Their projects may be the development of products or resources, interventions or educational opportunities - but they will have real world value, and lead to real world impact with broad relevance to education. Tutored input for the unit will largely be facilitative and supportive, enabling students to develop, plan and evaluate projects. They will also be supported by a flexible lecture series which supports them with key aspects of project management - and which draw in guest speakers from external partner agencies, to share insights into their particular contexts and ways of working. The different levels of EdLab unit are distinguished by the extent to which students are expected to originate and take leadership over their projects and engagements. At level 5, students will collaborate as a cross-disciplinary team in a single sustained project. They will work with staff supervision, but under their own leadership as a team. They will scope, devise and implement a project - either responding to curated briefs and challenges from community partners, or through their own analysis of a particular context to recognise an opportunity. Through their work, students will develop their understanding of the creative process, and of project management, as it applies to educational enterprise. Students undertaking an EdLab unit at level 5 will be assessed according to the unit outcomes as they are translated onto the Level 5 University Standard Descriptors in the unit's assessment-specific marking criteria.

Youth in Crisis? Young People, Crime and Justice Level 5

This unit examines a range of issues relating to young people's experiences of crime and the youth justice system. The concepts of 'young people' and 'crime' are both social constructions. Young people are both seen in a positive light as enthusiastic and pursuing moral ideals and demonised as amoral and anti-social 'yobs'. Similarly, the history of crime control demonstrates that those behaviours subject to formal censure and punishment are not a given but depend on at what point in history the act was committed; who committed it; who or what was the target; and in what wider social context was the act committed. This unit critically considers how these two aspects come together throughout history to position young people and crime in various ways. 

Engaging the Humanities and Social Science: Interdisciplinary Learning and Practice

This is an innovative cross-departmental unit which provides an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary context alongside other students from a range of undergraduate programmes within the Humanities part of our Faculty.

Policing in Britain within a Global Context Level 5

This unit provides an understanding of the social and historical development of policing, placing British policing within its national, regional and international context.  Your studies may include topics such as: National and International trends within policing; Globalisation, Governance and the policing of cross-border crime and security; Historical Contextualisation; Changing methods, structures and the delivery of policing.

‘Out of it’: Substance (Mis)use, Trends and Responses Level 5

This unit will develop your understanding of drugs, why people take them, trends and policy responses by enabling you to apply a range of perspectives.  The unit focuses on the UK but includes a comparative element that compares the levels of drug use and related policy responses to other countries. You will explore some key questions such as: Why do people take drugs? Who takes drugs? How can we make sense of drug use? How do societies respond to drug use? How has drug use changed over time? 

Identity, Culture and Difference Level 5

This unit explores a number of theoretical approaches which place identity and difference at the centre of analysis. It covers topics such as: Debating Identity and Difference (social vs individual identity; histories and experiences); Globalised Identities and Culture (Globalisation, deterritorialisation, migration, diaspora and hybridity); and Post-Colonialism and Colonized Identities (social and political aspects of identities, post-Colonialism, Imperialism, Orientalism, gendered identities, non-western feminism, subaltern studies).

Media and Society Level 5

This unit examines the emergence and development of media forms and the impact of these on society and culture. Media forms including photography, film, television, recorded music and digital media are analysed.

Race, Racism and Society Level 5

This unit provides an introduction to the sociological study of race, racism and processes of racialisation. The unit includes topics such as socio-historical development of the concept of race in Western / European societies. The impact of globalisation in terms of migration, economic and socio-political factors in Britain. Implications and impacts of patterns of mass migration to Britain after the Second  World War. A study of media representation of race and racism. A study of race, racism and policing. Theories of racial conflict, multiculturalism, race relations and immigration explored within the context of British society.

Sociological Psychology Level 5

This unit explores the relationship between mind, self and society from a sociological perspective. It covers the relationship between the self and society and proposes that the self is not innate but emerges in and through social interaction and our culturally-shared symbolic system. A sociological perspective conceives of identities as socially-bestowed, socially-sustained, socially-transformed and even socially-rescinded in and through interactional processes and contexts. Self is viewed as a constantly-evolving social process. 

Sports, Politics and Globalisation Level 5

This unit critically examines the role of sport in society. The history of sport and links with key social, political and cultural contexts are explored, along with assessing the challenges and potential for sport in the contemporary world.  How sport has been positioned by sociologists, historians, politicians, the media and sporting cultures themselves, will provide a historical basis for the unit. 

Volunteering and Community Networking Level 5

You will undertake a volunteering opportunity for this unit. Theories of volunteering, policy and the community support this, and will be applied to your experience of volunteering. It also covers the voluntary sector (definitions, functions; funding); patterns of, and motivations for volunteering; issues of community, networking, social capital and social exclusion; social policy and the voluntary sector; political objectives and policy initiatives impacting on the voluntary sector; reflective practice and experiential learning as a means of enhancing employability.

Work, Leisure and Lifestyles: From Factory Floors to Nightclub Brawls Level 5

This unit seeks to critically explore the field in three blocks. Firstly, the classical concerns with work including theories from Marxism, Weber and Durkhei. Secondly, the more contemporary concerns with new forms of work and leisure spaces including studies of call centres, club cultures, sex work and door work, which utilises more postmodernist ideas of power, negotiated identity and subcultures. Thirdly, to explore the appropriate methodological ways to investigate work, leisure and lifestyle spaces and settings.

Crime and Media Level 5

This unit familiarises you with the complex relationship between crime and the media, especially the importance of media discourses in terms of representing crime and shaping how crime is understood and dealt with in contemporary society. It covers topics such as: 1. Media representations of crime, criminals and criminality 2. Media fascinations and obsessions with crime 3. The power of the media to shape understanding and governance of crime.

In Year 3, you will be able to choose from a wide-range of optional topics to suit your interests. The options include the opportunity to write a dissertation, or complete a project where you will conduct research in the area of Sociology. The optional units below are indicative of the type of units that will be available.

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Core Units

Social Science Futures

This unit builds a range of career-ready skills and prepares students for the world of work by considering the applicability of discipline knowledge to a range of contemporary professions. The unit facilitates engagement through disciplinary-specific pathways.

The Sociological Imagination

This unit has a block structure to allow students to exercise their sociological imagination by studying specific areas of sociology in depth. The focus is on teaching students to use sociological concepts to better understand and solve problems in the world around them.

Option Units

Women's Lives: National and International Perspectives Level 6

An overview, comparison and analysis of gender and women's lives in varying societies. Issues include family, work, health, social change and women's movements. It covers topics such as: approaches to disadvantage and subordination; theoretical approaches to gender; discussions of social change and globalisation in relation to women's lives across the world.

Crime, Deviance and Control Level 6

This unit critically examines traditional, contemporary and critical explanations for the causes of 'crime' and 'deviance' in British society. It investigates the State's response to 'crime' and 'deviance', especially why particular groups are the focus of criminal justice interventions. The unit encourages and enhances the students' understanding of society's attitudes towards 'crime' and constructions of the 'offender' within contemporary society. This includes reflecting on official policies and practices targeted at specific 'offenders', for example those defined as 'gang' members, sex offenders or 'rioters'.

Applied Quantitative Project

This unit requires students to complete an independent project which involves working with quantitative datasets and/ or working in an organisation.

Dissertation (Criminology/ Sociology)

This unit will provide the opportunity to research and produce a sustained, year long, in-depth, research based, piece of scholarly work based on a specific topic of study. The onus is on independent study.

Victims and Restorative Justice Level 6

This unit looks at what it means to be a victim of crime and how people become recognised as victims.  It will also consider restorative justice and what it has to offer victims.  The unit begins by analysing the difference between victimisation and victimhood: who is the 'ideal victim' and how have real victims been viewed by criminologists and the criminal justice system? The second section of the unit takes a critical criminological approach to questions of victimisation and power. The third section of the unit assesses the position of victims in the criminal justice system.

Global Justice and Crime Control Level 6

This unit provides an introduction to international crime, transnational crime and crime control.  Competing theoretical approaches are examined and cross-national and international responses are contextualised. Your studies will include topics such as: Globalisation, cross-border crime and security; examining comparative criminology and criminal justice, social and historical context and the changing nature of security; theorising crime and its control in a global and transnational context;and examining the relationship between criminological and international relations perspectives on crime.

The Politics of Imprisonment Level 6

This unit will critically examine the functions, purpose and justifications for the use of punishment and imprisonment. It will consider the legitimacy of the state's use of punishment and legitimacy. The unit will examine contemporary studies to develop a critical understanding of punishment, social control and imprisonment.

World Without Borders Level 6

Analyses key issues in transnational studies: e.g. gender, migration, livelihoods, violent conflicts/war.  Discussion of key issues concerning globalisation and transnationalism - e.g. uneven development; the local and the global; relative weight of the economic, social and cultural. The unit then goes on to examine selected, specific topics including: changes in women's status, sexuality and family relationships; globalisation and livelihoods; migration and multiculturalism; wars and violent conflicts.

EdLab Level 6 (30 credits)

EdLab units enable students to gain credit for project-based learning conducted in partnership with external practitioners, charities and social enterprises, educational providers and other workplaces. Their projects may be the development of products or resources, interventions or educational opportunities - but they will have real-world value, and lead to real-world impact with broad relevance to education. Tutored input for the unit will largely be facilitative and supportive, enabling students to develop, plan and evaluate projects. They will also be supported by a flexible lecture series which supports them with key aspects of project management - and which draw in guest speakers from external partner agencies, to share insights into their particular contexts and ways of working. The different levels of EdLab unit are distinguished by the extent to which students are expected to originate and take leadership over their projects and engagements. At level 6, students will take the lead in the negotiation, design and implementation of a project. They will work under the supervision of a tutor to liaise with an external community partner, to recruit and coordinate a cross-disciplinary team of students from other EdLab levels of study. Through their work, students will develop their understanding and skills in leadership and management as applied to educational innovation, together with specific expertise in the focus of the project and the context of its application. Students undertaking a EdLab unit at level 6 will be assessed according to the unit outcomes as they are translated onto the Level 6 University Standard Descriptors in the unit's assessment-specific marking criteria.

Policing in Britain within a Global Context Level 6

This unit provides an understanding of the social and historical development of policing, placing British policing within its national, regional and international context.  Your studies may include topics such as: National and International trends within policing; Globalisation, Governance and the policing of cross-border crime and security; Historical Contextualisation; Changing methods, structures and the delivery of policing; and cooperation, consent, legitimacy and accountability.

Race, Racism and Society Level 6

This unit provides an introduction to the sociological study of race, racism and processes of racialisation. The unit includes topics such as socio-historical development of the concept of race in Western / European societies. The impact of globalisation in terms of migration, economic and socio-political factors in Britain. Implications and impacts of patterns of mass migration to Britain after the Second  World War. A study of media representation of race and racism. A study of race, racism and policing. Theories of racial conflict, multiculturalism, race relations and immigration explored within the context of British society.

Sports, Politics and Globalisation Level 6

This unit critically examines the role of sport in society. The history of sport and links with key social, political and cultural contexts are explored, along with assessing the challenges and potential for sport in the contemporary world.  How sport has been positioned by sociologists, historians, politicians, the media and sporting cultures themselves, will provide a historical basis for the unit. 

Identity, Culture and Difference Level 6

This unit explores a number of theoretical approaches which place identity and difference at the centre of analysis. It covers topics such as: Debating Identity and Difference (social vs individual identity; histories and experiences); Globalised Identities and Culture (Globalisation, deterritorialisation, migration, diaspora and hybridity); and Post-Colonialism and Colonized Identities (social and political aspects of identities, post-Colonialism, Imperialism, Orientalism, gendered identities, non-western feminism, sub-altern studies).

Sociological Psychology Level 6

This unit explores the relationship between mind, self and society from a sociological perspective. It covers  the relationship between the self and society and proposes that the self is not innate but emerges in and through social interaction and our culturally-shared symbolic system. A sociological perspective conceives of identities as socially-bestowed, socially-sustained, socially-transformed and even socially-rescinded in and through interactional processes and contexts. Self is viewed as a constantly-evolving social process.

Work, Leisure and Lifestyles: From Factory Floors to Nightclub Brawls Level 6

This unit seeks to critically explore the field in three blocks. Firstly, the classical concerns with work including theories from Marxism, Weber and Durkhei. Secondly, the more contemporary concerns with new forms of work and leisure spaces including studies of call centres, club cultures, sex work and door work, which utilises more postmodernist ideas of power, negotiated identity and subcultures. Thirdly, to explore the appropriate methodological ways to investigate work, leisure and lifestyle spaces and settings.

The Culture of Britishness Level 6

This unit explores British identities and British culture(s) in the contemporary moment. The major focus is on the negotiation of 'Britishness' in a multi-ethnic and diverse society.

Extremism and Political Radicalism
The unit aims to conceptualise protest and political extremism, to analyse the causes of dissent and to explore state responses. It covers topics such as political radicalism; threat or progressive force in society? From Peterloo to Paris, understanding modern protest; Single issue politics and new social movements; Urban disorders and their causes and state responses; Politically motivated extremism, an overview; Nationalism, racism and white supremacist movements; Radical utopianism; Religious fundamentalism; Terrorism; and State Responses to extremism and politically motivated violence.
Applied Dissertation (Sociology/ Criminology)

This unit allows you to pursue independent study in a locally based organisation for a year. The choice of topic can be their own or it might be negotiated between the students and with the organisation. The study results in a sustained, in-depth piece of scholarly work, supported by an academic supervisor.

Crime and Media Level 6

This unit familiarises you with the complex relationship between crime and the media, especially the importance of media discourses in terms of representing crime and shaping how crime is understood and dealt with in contemporary society. It covers topics such as: 1. Media representations of crime, criminals and criminality 2. Media fascinations and obsessions with crime 3. The power of the media to shape understanding and governance of crime.

Media and Society Level 6

This unit examines the emergence and development of media forms and the impact of these on society and culture. Media forms including photography, film, television, recorded music and digital media are analysed

Body, Sexuality and Culture

This unit will focus on normative ideas concerning body shape, gender and desire. The unit engages with queer, transgender and feminist theories that aim to support a more benign understanding of sexuality and gender diversity. It covers topics such asconstructionism vs essentialism; the history of the body, gender and sexuality; sexual identities, queer theory, heteronormativity; transgender; bisexuality; body modification; BDSM; social movements and sexual politics; ethical conflicts about sexuality; HIV/AIDS; race and sexuality; normative ideas about beauty; disability; global sexual economies; queer diasporas.

Consumption and Identity in Contemporary Society Level 6

This unit encourages you to reflect critically on contemporary consumer culture. The increasing commodification of everyday life is of chief consideration, along with the potential for alternative social, political and economic structures.

Deconstructing Gender (Level 6)

This unit seeks to deconstruct our everyday understanding of gender and explores how gender is linked to violent and criminal behaviour. Unit topics include gendered identities and their relationship to violence; violent spaces and masculinities (war and military / violent sports); the experiences of women in contact with the criminal justice system as victims and offenders, and campaigning for justice. 

Intimate Relationships and Personal Life Level 6

This unit explores the impact of wider social changes within late modernity on personal lives and intimate relationships, paying attention to both change and continuity. It critically examines claims made by social theorists about the detraditionalisation of sexual relationships and the 'transformation of intimacy' into a matter of personal choice and satisfaction. Moreover, it considers empirical evidence suggesting that traditionally gendered roles, family structures and sexual practices are still dominant in British society. Topics covered in the unit include couple relationships, sexual practices, weddings and marriage, love, commitment, friendship, and family relationships.

‘Out of it’: Substance (Mis)use, Trends and Responses Level 6

This unit will develop your understanding of drugs, why people take them, trends and policy responses by enabling you to apply a range of perspectives.  The unit focuses on the UK but includes a comparative element that compares the levels of drug use and related policy responses to other countries. You will explore some key questions such as: Why do people take drugs? Who takes drugs? How can we make sense of drug use? How do societies respond to drug use? How has drug use changed over time?

Youth in Crisis? Young People, Crime and Justice Level 6

This unit examines a range of issues relating to young people's experiences of crime and the youth justice system. The concepts of 'young people' and 'crime' are both social constructions. Young people are both seen in a positive light as enthusiastic and pursuing moral ideals and demonised as amoral and anti-social 'yobs'. Similarly, the history of crime control demonstrates that those behaviours subject to formal censure and punishment are not a given but depend on at what point in history the act was committed; who committed it; who or what was the target; and in what wider social context was the act committed. This unit critically considers how these two aspects come together throughout history to position young people and crime in various ways. 

Volunteering and Community Networking Level 6

You will undertake a volunteering opportunity for this unit. Theories of volunteering, policy and the community support this, and will be applied to your experience of volunteering. It also covers the voluntary sector (definitions, functions; funding); patterns of, and motivations for volunteering; issues of community, networking, social capital and social exclusion; social policy and the voluntary sector; political objectives and policy initiatives impacting on the voluntary sector; reflective practice and experiential learning as a means of enhancing employability.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

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Assessment

Placement options

The course offers many opportunities to enhance your employability:

Department of Sociology

Our Department of Sociology provides courses in the areas of sociology, criminology, global change and quantitative methods.

Its academic staff are actively involved in high-quality research and the department is home to the Policy and Evaluation Research Unit and Centre for Transitions in Society and Space, advising national and local policy-makers, and holding major roles in several significant national and European projects.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £15,000 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2312.50 per 30 credits studied per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £15,000 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Non-EU international students: Part-time fee: £3750 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

£40

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

There are local field trips on some second and third year units (eg Manchester prison Manchester police museum), which include travelling expenses but these are small as local public transport can be used. In their second year, students can choose to study abroad for one term or the full year. Study exchanges to a European partner university are arranged through the Erasmus programme and students can apply for help with travelling expenses and (if applicable) additional living costs - but these financial support funds are reviewed yearly and there is no guarantee of success. Students who go on study exchange overseas (either the US or Australia) are liable for all their travelling expenses and any additional living costs.

Professional Costs

Students can choose to join the BSA at any point in their study. This is not required though. The annual charge is identified for every year.

Other Costs

In the third year students may work with a partner organisation as part of an applied dissertation or a quantitative dissertation. This is an option. If students choose one of these units, local travel expenses in the Manchester city region would be included in that case.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

L300

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

Full-time applications through UCAS

Part-time applications - download an application form at www.mmu.ac.uk/applicationform

You can review our current Terms and Conditions before you make your application. If you are successful with your application, we will send you up to date information alongside your offer letter.

MANCHESTER IS YOUR CITY. BE PART OF IT.

Programme Review
Our programmes undergo an annual review and major review (normally at 6 year intervals) to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. For further information on when we may make changes to our programmes, please see the changes section of our Terms and Conditions.

Important Notice
This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate. Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us to access the most up to date information for your chosen course of study.

Confirmation of Regulator
The Manchester Metropolitan University is regulated by the Office for Students (OfS). The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. More information on the role of the OfS and its regulatory framework can be found at officeforstudents.org.uk.

All higher education providers registered with the OfS must have a student protection plan in place. The student protection plan sets out what students can expect to happen should a course, campus, or institution close. Access our current Student Protection Plan.

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