This course provides the knowledge and key transferable skills relevant to a variety of ‘people-centred’ occupations.

applied social science

Built around the core disciplines of Psychology and Sociology, as well as the important topics of politics and research methods, this course lays the foundations of the Social Sciences. During your study you will learn more about yourself, other people and the society we live in.

The course is applied, so you can tailor your own degree in Year 3 and 4 by choosing your own elective modules.

The subjects covered will provide you with an excellent basis for a career in a number of fascinating areas; such as Teaching, Policing, Healthcare, Management and Academia.

Award

BA (Hons)

UCAS Code

L310

Course Dates

September

Course Length

4 years

Mode of Attendance

Full-time

Overview

Year 1

The first year of this course is an opportunity to explore introductory Social Science theories and applications including elements of Psychology, Sociology, Research Methods and Politics. Additionally you will develop generic academic skills such as writing reports, presenting and study skills.

Year 2

Year 2 will build upon the skills developed in Year one, by exploring the topics in greater depth and introducing specialist modules. Academic skills will also be developed further.

Year 3

This year allows you to tailor your degree by choosing to study specialist modules of interest. There will be one core module that must be taken, and the other seven modules can be chosen from a range of Psychology, Sociology or Politics modules.

Year 4

In Year 4, your Dissertation is the core module and the remaining modules can be chosen from a range of varied elective choices. This is the final year of the degree and will determine 80% of your Honours classification (20% will be from your Year 3 results).   


Modules

Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes.

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

Full-time

Year 1 -- Semester 1
  • Research Methods & Study Skills
  • Introductory Psychology: Social Sciences
  • Social Sciences and Society
  • Understanding Social Change
    Semester 2
  • Governing The UK
  • Cognitive And Social Psychology
  • Sociology Of Identity, Difference And Deviance
  • Gender, Culture And Society
  • Year 2 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Non-student Exchange Route
  • Social Construction Of Everyday Life
  • Research: Statistics And Data Analysis
  • The Sociological Problem Of Crime
  • European Union
    Route B - Student Exchange Route
  • Studying Social Sciences Abroad 1
  • Semester 2
    Route A - Non-student Exchange Route
  • Theorising Social Life
  • Psychology: Personality And Individual Differences
  • Exploring Research
  • Discovering Psychology: History, Concepts and Debates
    Route B - Student Exchange Route
  • Studying Social Sciences Abroad 2
  • Year 3 -- Semester 1
    Route A - Student Exchange Route
  • Studying Social Sciences Abroad 3
    Choose 4 option modules from the following group:
    Non-student Exchange Route

  • Political Participation and Pressure Groups in an Age of Global Politics
  • Health, Self and Society
  • Health Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Violence, Crime And Conflict
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Semester 2
  • Qualitative Research Methods
    Choose 3 option modules from the following group:
  • Contemporary Issues In Politics
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Organisational & Management Psychology
  • Environment And Society
  • Sociology Of Consumer Culture
    Year 4 -- Semester 1
  • Dissertation
    Choose 3 option modules from the following group:
  • Social Psychology
  • Developments in Counselling
  • The Body in Contemporary Life
  • Crime, Criminology And The Justice System
  • Media, Culture And Society
  • Biological Foundations of Behaviour
    Semester 2
  • Dissertation
    Choose 2 option modules from the following group:
  • Clinical Psychology and Mental Health
  • Terrorism, People and Places
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Effective And Ethical Leadership
  • Global Development
  • You will be taught through a wide variety of teaching methods including formal lectures, seminar activities, group work, project work and directed reading.

    Assessment is through a combination of exams and coursework which may be a mix of essays, reports and presentations. In Years 1 and 2 everyone studies the same modules, however in Years 3 and 4 you are given the opportunity to specialise in Psychology, Sociology or Politics by electing to study specific modules. Some of our students choose to specialise, whilst many others prefer to continue with all three disciplines.

    Year 4 activity summary

    Includes:

    • Lectures
    • Seminar activities
    • Group work
    • Project work
    • Directed reading

    Independent study summary

    We encourage you to be an independent learner from the start of your course.

    Each module involves two to three hours of timetabled teaching each week, but you will have considerably more follow-up work beyond this.

    Staff delivering this course

    Our class sizes are small and this, along with a high level of contact time with staff, enables us to provide a friendly and supportive learning environment.

    Our team of academic staff are actively engaged in applied research which underpins the teaching in areas such as drug abuse, homelessness, Alzheimer’s disease, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Forensic Psychology, the body and political violence. Such research activity ensures that our course is kept current and relevant.

    Facilities

    • Psychology Laboratory and Test Library
    • University Library
    • Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre

    How you are assessed

    Typically students are assessed each semester:

    • Written Exam
    • Written Assignment, including essay
    • Report
    • Oral Assessment
    • Dissertation
    • Portfolio
    • Set Exercises

    Feedback

    We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.

    Academic Support

    The Disability & Dyslexia Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

    Study Skills Support

    The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

    • Academic Writing
    • Study Skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
    • Maths and Statistics
    • English Language
    • Information Technology Support

    More on Study Skills

    SQA Higher: BBBB to include a written subject requiring the use of English.

    GCE A Level: BCC to include a written subject requiring the use of English. Advanced entry may be considered for applicants with appropriate A Level subjects and grades.

    Irish Leaving Certificate Higher: H2H2H3H3 to include a written subject requiring the use of English.

    IB Diploma: 28 to include a Higher Level written subject requiring the use of English.

    Alternative Qualifications: We welcome applications from those with equivalent qualifications to those stated, including SVQs/NVQs, access programmes and overseas qualifications. Applications from students with non-standard qualifications or work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

    Applicants from Partner Colleges: A relevant HNC or HND from one of our partner colleges will be considered for entry into Year 2 or 3. Find out more about Degree Link.

    Advanced Entry: All other applicants who are interested in applying for advanced entry will be considered on an individual basis.

    Interview: You may be required to attend an interview.

    English Language

    Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5.

    English Language requirements

    * All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

    Study Abroad: During Year 2 and 3 you have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions in Poland, Cyprus, Malta, Germany, Vienna and Belgium as part of our Erasmus Exchange Programme. There is also the opportunity to study at the University of Tennessee for one semester. This allows you to enhance your personal development and confidence and benefit from studying your subject in a different culture.

    If you are a Scottish resident or EU national you are not liable to pay fees and should apply to SAAS for funding.

    Students from other parts of the UK should visit the appropriate website:

    Scholarships

    For Academic Year 2017/2018

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £12,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2016/2017

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,600 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2015/2016

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £11,160 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2014/2015

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,800 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2013/2014

    Scottish/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    • £10,000 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2012/2013

    Scottish/EU Students

    Full-time

    • £1,820 per academic year

    Rest of UK Students

    Full-time

    • £5,000 per academic year

    International Students

    Full-time

    • £9,500 per academic year

    For Academic Year 2011/2012

    UK/EU Students

    • £1820 per academic year

    International Students

    • £9,350 per academic year

    Disclaimer

    Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

    For further information see Student Finance pages

     

    Home, EU and Rest of UK applicants to Robert Gordon University must apply online at www.ucas.com/students/apply.

    It is important that you keep track of your application process using the UCAS website, as it will update you on whether you have been offered a place from the University. It is also where you should respond to offers and receive confirmation of your place within your chosen course, rather than contacting the institution in the first instance.

    International fee paying students have the option of applying either via UCAS or direct using our application form.

    For course enquiries contact Sarah Henderson s.e.henderson@rgu.ac.uk or phone 01224 263241.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

    Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

    Undertaking a course in the social sciences keeps your career options open and offers a wide variety of routes into employment including health and social care management, human resources, the police, education, marketing and PR. Many of our graduates also undertake postgraduate study, enabling them to specialise in a variety of areas including social work, teaching, management and postgraduate research.

    The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:

    Other Fees and Charges

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