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.

Key facts

Duration3 years
Typical places availableThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available.
Typical applications receivedThe School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically has 320 places available. The School of History, Archaeology and Religion typically receives 1800 applications.
Scholarships and bursaries
Typical A level offerGrades ABB, to include History. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Typical Welsh Baccalaureate offerGrades ABB from the Welsh Baccalaureate and two A-level subjects to include History. General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Typical International Baccalaureate offer33 points from the International Baccalaureate, to include 6 points in Higher Level History.
Other qualificationsApplications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome

Detailed alternative entry requirements are available for this course.
QAA subject benchmark

Sociology; History

Academic School
Admissions tutor(s)

Dr Nicholas Bailey , Admissions Tutor

    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.

    Year one

    In Year 1, you take 60 credits of Sociology modules and 60 credits of History modules.

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    Introduction To Social Science ResearchSI012420 credits
    Sociology, Society and Social ChangeSI023720 credits
    Key Ideas in Social ScienceSI016920 credits

    Year two

    In Year 2, you take 60 credits of Sociology modules and 60 credits of History modules.

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    Inequality & The Division of LabourSI007520 credits
    Social Research MethodsSI003020 credits
    Social TheorySI006620 credits

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    Approaches To HistoryHS170130 credits
    Exploring Historical DebateHS170230 credits
    From King Coal To Cool Cymru: Society and Culture in Wales, 1939-2000HS175630 credits
    History and ICT: A Guided StudyHS170530 credits
    India and The Raj 1857-1947HS176530 credits
    Medicine and Modern Society, 1750-1919HS179930 credits
    War, Peace and Diplomacy, c.900-c.1250HS170730 credits
    Heresy & Dissent 1000-1450HS171030 credits
    Into The Vortex: Britain and The First World WarHS178730 credits
    Making Empires: Britain and the World, 1541 - 1714HS179330 credits
    Poverty and Relief in Medieval EuropeHS171430 credits
    The British Civil Wars and Revolution, C.1638-1649HS174230 credits
    Building the Modern WorldHS174430 credits
    Being Human: Self and Society in Britain from Darwin to the Age of Mass CultureHS174830 credits
    Nations, Empire and Borderlands from 1789 to the presentHS174930 credits
    "An Empire for Liberty": Race, Space and Power in the United States, 1775-1898HS176030 credits
    The Search for an Asian Modern: Japanese History from 1800 to the Post-War EraHS176830 credits
    The Soviet Century: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905-1991HS177630 credits
    Revels and Riots: Popular Culture in Early Modern EnglandHS174330 credits
    A Great Leap Forward China Transformed 1840-PresentHS175230 credits
    Diwydiannaeth, Radicaliaeth a'r Bobl Gyffredin yng Nghymru a Phrydain mewn Oes Chwyldro, c. 1789-1880HS175730 credits
    Radicalism and the Common People, 1789-1880HS175830 credits
    Latin American HistoryHS176130 credits
    A Jagged History: Germany in the 20th CenturyHS176330 credits
    The Later Roman Empire AD284 - 602HS331830 credits

    Year three

    In Year 3, you take 60 credits of Sociology modules and 60 credits of History modules.

    Module titleModule codeCredits
    Culture, Soc & I.D. in Wales 1847-1914HS186530 credits
    Class, Protest and Politics: South Wales 1918-39HS186830 credits
    Race, Sex and Empire & India, 1765-1929HS185530 credits
    The Dangerous City? Urban Society & Culture 1800-1914HS189630 credits
    Globalisation and Social ChangeSI015820 credits
    Metropolis: Urban Life & Consumer CultureSI016220 credits
    New Frontiers in SociologySI016320 credits
    Power, Culture and IdentitySI016420 credits
    DissertationHS180130 credits
    Deviants, Rebels and Witches in Early Modern Britain and IrelandHS182830 credits
    From Bismarck To Goebbels: Biography and Modern German History, 1870-1945HS182930 credits
    Sociology of Health, Illness and MedicineSI025020 credits
    Digital Society: Theory, Method and DataSI024820 credits
    The World of the Anglo-Saxons, c.500-c.1087HS180330 credits
    Glimpses of the Unfamiliar: Travellers to Japan from 1860 to the Post-War EraHS185830 credits
    Violence and Ideology in Inter-War Soviet RussiaHS188330 credits
    Europe and the Revolutionary Tradition in the Long Nineteenth CenturyHS188730 credits
    Slavery and Slave Life in North America, 1619-1865HS189030 credits
    Gender, Power and Subjectivity in Twentieth-Century BritainHS189430 credits
    Science, Risk and Resistance in a Global AgeSI026420 credits
    Sexuality and the Social Order in Medieval EuropeHS180430 credits
    Llafur, Sosialaeth a Chymru, 1880-1979HS186230 credits
    Socialism, Society and Politics in Britain 1880-1918HS186030 credits
    Latin American HistoryHS185930 credits
    War and Violence in Modern German History: Myth, Memory and MemorializationHS186330 credits
    Kingship: Image and Power c.1000-1399HS181330 credits
    City Lives: Urban Culture and Society, c.1550-1750HS182630 credits
    Conflict, Coercion and Mass Mobilisation in Republican China 1911-1945HS183830 credits
    Cultures of Power: The Gentry of Tudor and Stuart EnglandHS182730 credits
    The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

    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.


    3 Year(s)

    Next intake

    September 2016

    Places available

    Typical places available

    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.

    Applications received

    Typical applications received

    School of Social Sciences = 1500

    School of History, Archaeology and Religion = 1650


    QAA subject benchmark

    QAA subject benchmark

    Sociology; History

    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:

    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;
    • Dissertation.

    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:
    • Information Literacy Resource Bank:
    • Careers Advice and Guidance:

    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.

    Other information

    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

    Admissions tutors

    Dr Nicholas Bailey , Admissions Tutor

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