BA (Hons) Social and Political Studies

General

Program Description

This is a three-year full time, or six-year part time, undergraduate course.

This degree course aims to equip students with a critical understanding of the core concepts, theories and approaches underpinning the study of society and social change. Students will develop the skills and knowledge necessary for social analysis and active engagement – as critical citizens – with social, political and economic issues. The course will be of particular interest to those who want not just to understand and analyse society, but who also want to work towards changing it for the better. Many students are involved in social and political activism of various kinds. If you are a full-time student you will study two subject modules per term. There are 5 taught contact hours per module per week. We normally teach each module over one day. For example Module 1 Monday 10.00-1pm and 2-4pm and Module 2 Wednesday 10.00- 1pm and 2-4pm. If you are a part-time student you will study one module per term.

Overall Course Aims

  • Develop your depth of knowledge and analytical skills appropriate to each level of study, building progressively from level one through to level three.
  • Equip you with the personal and professional skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed in graduate employment or at postgraduate study.
  • Develop your capacity for independent judgement, particularly in undertaking independent study and research.
  • Develop your comprehension and capacity to analyse social, political and economic issues and to appreciate the relationship between theory and practice in research, policymaking and social/political activism.
  • Enable you to apply different theoretical perspectives critically to the analysis of social, political and economic problems and debate in widely different contexts.
  • Empower you with the motivation and independent thinking and learning skills to enable you to become a lifelong autonomous learner and active citizen.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

All candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements for Ruskin College.

If you have a Certificate of Higher Education or 120 credits in a relevant subject you may be eligible for direct entry onto Level 5. Please contact Hannah on 01865 759604 for further information. Similarly, if you have a Diploma of Higher Education or 240 Credits in a relevant subject you may be eligible for direct entry onto Level 6 of this course.

COURSE DATES

This course starts in September. Applications close 15th August.

CAREERS

  • Destinations and Progression
  • Opportunities
  • Work for NGOs such as Oxfam, Asylum Welcome, Age Concern
  • Return to previous careers in care, housing or social services in advanced (managerial) positions
  • Embark upon postgraduate research
  • Pursue careers in teaching (via PGCE) and lecturing
  • Work for NGOs such as Oxfam, Asylum Welcome, Age Concern
  • Return to previous careers in care, housing or social services in advanced(managerial) positions

Progression Opportunities within Ruskin College

  • MA ILTUS
  • MA Women’s Studies
  • MA Public History

Tuition Fees 2015/16

Access to HE Programmes, Level 3, Full Time: £3,358

Certificate of Higher Education Level Full Time Part Time
Business and Social Enterprise Level 4 £6,000 £3,000
English Studies: Creative Writing and Critical Practice Level 4 £9,000 £4,500
History Level 4 £9,000 £4,500
International Labour and Trade Union Studies Level 4 £9,000 £6,750
Law Level 4 £9,000 £4,500
Social and Political Studies Level 4 £9,000 £4,500
Writing for Performance Level 4 £9,000 £4,500
B.A. Degree Level Full Time Part Time
Social Work Level 4 £9,000 £6,750
Youth and Community Level 4 £9,000 £6,750
MA Programmes Level Full Time Part Time
Public History Level 7 £5,100 £2,550
Resident Study Bedroom Rates 2014/15 40wks per wk
Study Bedroom standard Y£4,000 £100
Study Bedroom en-suite £4,840 £121
Last updated Jan 2018

About the School

As a Further Education College based in Oxford, Ruskin offers educational opportunities, to adults with few or no formal qualifications in an informal setting. Our curriculum starts with the students, ... Read More

As a Further Education College based in Oxford, Ruskin offers educational opportunities, to adults with few or no formal qualifications in an informal setting. Our curriculum starts with the students, their enthusiasm, needs, ambitions and skills and we offer our applicants potential progression routes from foundation courses, through to Access to Higher Education, Degree Programmes up to Masters level. Read less