History and Sociology (BSc Econ)
History and Sociology BScEcon gives students the opportunity to combine study of the fascinating subject of history with the study of wider society and the social processes within it.
The BSc in History and Sociology (Joint Honours) enables students to combine a study of the past with that of sociology.
The degree aims to develop your knowledge and critical understanding of the political, social, economic, and cultural structures of past societies with the study of a separate academic discipline, and to cultivate intellectual skills such as the ability to assess evidence critically, to evaluate different interpretations of the evidence, to construct arguments on the basis of evidence, and to express opinions cogently in speech and in writing.
History covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire to the present day. There is a balance between modules covering specific historical periods and thematic modules that examine broad social and cultural topics, such as warfare, gender, religion, art, medicine and science.
The degree provides the training necessary for students who wish to study either discipline at postgraduate level, and a valuable range of intellectual and transferable skills for students who wish to enter other professions.
By combining these two courses, students will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment. Students will also enjoy superb teaching and a range of optional modules, enabling students to tailor their course to their own needs and interests.
|Entry point||September 2016|
|Typical places available||The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.|
|Typical applications received||The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.|
|Typical A level offer||Grades ABB, to include History. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.|
|Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offer||Grades ABB from the Welsh Baccalaureate and two A-level subjects to include History. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.|
|Typical International Baccalaureate offer||33 points from the International Baccalaureate, to include 6 points in Higher Level History.|
|Other qualifications||Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome|
Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
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Dr Nicholas Bailey, Admissions Tutor
Important Legal Information: The programme information currently being published in Course Finder is under review and may be subject to change. The final programme information is due to be published by May 2016 and will be the definitive programme outline which the University intends to offer. Applicants are advised to check the definitive programme information after the update, to ensure that the programme meets their needs.
This is a three-year degree programme comprising some core modules that provide essential skills and training as well as a wide variety of optional modules for you to select from to tailor your degree to meet your interests.
In Year 1, you take 60 credits of Sociology modules and 60 credits of History modules.
In Year 2, you take 60 credits of Sociology modules and 60 credits of History modules.
In Year 3, you take 60 credits of Sociology modules and 60 credits of History modules.
Welsh language teaching
History provides significant opportunities for learning and teaching through the medium of Welsh. Subject to staff availability, seminar teaching in Welsh is available on some or all of the major core courses, and at least one Welsh language option is offered in Years Two and Three. Welsh language supervision is also available for long essays (Exploring Historical Debate) and dissertations, and students may elect to write all or some of their assessed work and examinations in Welsh.
You will develop a range of intellectual skills: critical thinking, evaluating evidence, constructing evidence-based arguments, and presenting opinions effectively in writing and in debate. Additionally, you will gain practical skills such as team-working, independent research, and time management. Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, practicals, field trips, and one-to-one tutorials. You will also undertake independent study and research, with guidance from tutors. Assessment, including coursework, exams, practical work, and oral presentations, will test the different skills you have learned.
School of History, Archaeology and Religion
In 2013/14, 92% of the School's graduates who were available for work reported they were in employment and/or further study within six months of graduation.
The School of Social Sciences admits over 340 students to their undergraduate degree programmes every year.
The School of History, Archaeology and Religion admit around 260 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes.
School of Social Sciences = 1500
School of History, Archaeology and Religion = 1650
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What are the aims of this Programme?
The Sociology and History BSc Econ degree programme is designed to equip you with an understanding of how these two closely-related disciplines complement each other as well as an appreciation of their distinctive features. Sociology modules are taken in the School of Social Sciences (SOCSI) and History modules in the School of History and Archaeology (HISAR). Both Schools offer modules that will develop your understanding of and interest in the important theories, debates and ideas that characterize each subject.
In Year one, you take three modules (60 credits) in History and three modules (60 credits) in Sociology. Sociology modules focus on key theories and debates and on research methods. For details about your history modules you should refer to the Cardiff School of History and Archaeology.
Your Sociology modules will help you to make sense of the social and cultural contexts which characterize historical periods. Although Sociology only arrived as a discipline in the 19th century, a sociological outlook can help you to make sense of historical events in every epoch. Sociological debates are, in their turn, rooted in the conditions and issues of each historical period, and an understanding of historical change is vital to understanding how our own and other societies have come to be the way they are. A historical and sociological combined degree can help you understand some of the key transformations of our times – such as the changing nature of work and family life, the birth of modern institutions such as the education, welfare and legal systems, the development of trade and capitalism, the roots of class, ethnic and gender inequalities, and debates over when globalisation began or how new forms of technology and scientific innovation have come to dominance.
Key concepts in Sociology relate to theoretical concerns that are central to history, including the nature of tradition, power and truth; the relationship between individuals, the State and society; the social implications of capitalist and consumerist forms of exchange; changing forms of mobility, solidarity, community and network, and value-systems such as environmentalism. Studying sociology and history together will also train you to identify and assess the evidence supporting or refuting claims made by politicians and the media about the changing nature of society. A defining feature of Sociology at Cardiff is the strong emphasis placed on research methods, enabling you to learn about and apply a range of practical techniques for answering your own questions about the social world.
Degree programmes in SOCSI and HISAR reflect the National Qualification Framework and benchmark standards of the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
What is expected of me?
Most SOCSI modules are 20 credits. Students are expected to allocate 200 hours of study time to each of them: this is made up of lectures (22-24 hrs in Years 2 and 3, 44-48 in Year 1), tutorials/seminars/workshops (8-10 hours), independent study and time spent on assessment tasks. History modules may be up to 30 credits, in which case the study time required will be increased to 300 hours per 30 credit module. Students should attend all lectures and are required to attend all seminars.
Students are expected to adhere to the Cardiff University policy on Dignity at Work and Study, which can be found at: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/govrn/cocom/equalityanddiversity/dignityatwork/index.html
Students are also expected to maintain regular contact with the personal tutor and, where appropriate, inform the School of any extenuating circumstances that might affect their academic performance.
In SOCSI we take the responsibility we share with you to support your learning seriously and if you have any particular requirements it is important that you let us know. In some instances you may just want to talk to your personal tutor or a member of the teaching team on a particular module. We also have a Disabilities contact and work closely with the Student Support Service.
How is this Programme Structured?
This is a 3 year full time programme, consisting of 120 credits a year.
Will I need any specific equipment to study this Programme?
No specific equipment required
What skills will I practise and develop?
Students will acquire and develop a range of skills, including both discipline specific and generic employability skills. These include: communicating and presenting oral and written information, arguments and ideas (individually and as part of a team); using ICT (word processing, data bases, internet communication, information retrieval and on-line searches); interpreting and presenting relevant numerical information through compulsory year 1 and 2 research methods modules; demonstrating interpersonal skills to enable team/group work; recognising, recording and communicating skills and knowledge to achieve personal/career goals; managing learning and performance (including time management); demonstrating a commitment to continuing learning and development.
How will I be taught?
Each year of study consist of 120 credits, usually taught as six 20 credit modules. In each academic year, there will be a number of core modules that provide the essential foundation for the degree scheme plus a number of optional modules that allow you to tailor your academic work to your own strengths and interests. In the third year, students have the opportunity to undertake a dissertation. The dissertation is counted as a double module and provides the opportunity for independent study and research supported by an academic supervisor.
A diverse range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the degree. Students will attend lectures, participate in tutorials or seminars and carry out practical tasks as individual or group activities. Seminar and practical work is particularly important as it provides an opportunity to student to obtain feedback on their progress and understanding throughout the academic year.
You will receive formal feedback on your assessments in a variety of ways. You will receive individual, written feedback on coursework, the purpose of which is to improve your understanding of the subject and develop transferable skills that can be applied elsewhere. General feedback will also be given on examinations, with individual feedback available for students who have failed the module and require a resit. Many modules also offer formative assessments, which enable you to develop your skills and obtain feedback without affecting your final module mark.
How will I be assessed?
The taught modules within the programme are all assessed through one or more of the following in-course assessments;
- Essays and coursework;
- Formal seen and unseen examinations;
- Class tests;
- Written reports;
- Group presentations
- Oral presentations;
There are also opportunities for formative assessment: assessments which do not formally count towards the final grade and an opportunity for you to gain insight and feedback on your progress. We place a particular emphasis on formative assessment in the first year.
Alternative provision may be made for students with disabilities.
You are provided with oral and written feedback on formative and summative assessment tasks which will identify areas of strength and areas where improvement is needed.
How will I be supported?
Students will be allocated two personal tutor -- one for sociology, one for history -- for the duration of their studies. Tutors make themselves available for scheduled meetings to discuss progress and provide advice and guidance, but they can also be called upon when needed.
All modules within the programme make use of Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Blackboard, on which students will find course materials, links to related materials and information relating to assessment tasks. Additional module-specific support is provided by seminar tutors, lecturers and/or module convenors. Support for the dissertation is provided by a supervisor who will meet with students regularly.
Opportunities for students to reflect on their abilities and performance are also made available via the University’s central services, which include:
- Academic and Skills Development Centre: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/academicskills/
- Information Literacy Resource Bank: https://ilrb.cf.ac.uk/
- Careers Advice and Guidance: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/careers/
What are the Learning Outcomes of this Programme?
A typical graduate from this programme will be able to:
- demonstrate intellectual independence, critical engagement, personal and academic communication skills.
- understand key concepts and theoretical approaches that have been developed and are developing within Sociology and History
- appraise sociological theories and assess them in relation to evidence
- demonstrate an awareness of social change, the nature of social processes underpinning them and their implications for social diversity and inequality
- appraise and use a range of qualitative and quantitative research strategies and methods
- demonstrate awareness of the distinctive character of sociology in relation to the discipline of philosophy and also to everyday explanations.
The distinctive features of the programme include:
- the opportunity for students to learn in a School that was ranked 3rd in the UK for research quality in sociology and 5th for education in the 2014 Research Excellent Framework (REF)
- the involvement of research-active staff in Scheme design and delivery
- the emphasis on independent learning in a research-led environment
- the variety of modules on offer in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary School
- progression through core and specialist option modules
- an emphasis on developing practical research skills that will serve students well in the future
- the opportunity to study abroad
Dr Nicholas Bailey, Admissions Tutor
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