BA History and Sociology
- UCAS code
- Modes of study and duration of the course
- 3 Years Full Time
- Contact for further information
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or for urgent enquiries telephone 0113 343 4395.
- Why study?
The University of Leeds offers the widest choice of Joint Honours
combinations in the UK - over 250 programmes. So if you have enjoyed two
subjects equally at school/college or would like to combine your
favourite subject with a new area of study, then joint honours at Leeds
may be for you.
Joint honours students study the same core topics as their single honours friends, but are required to choose fewer options and electives. This is to allow space in their timetable for both 'halves' of their degree.
The intellectual range of such a degree, together with the organisational skill in combining two subject areas makes you very attractive to employers. Our courses allow you to study your chosen subjects in depth, and to graduate with an honours degree covering two disciplines.
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- Entry requirements
- ABB at A-level including A in History, but excluding General Studies/Critical Thinking. GCSE Mathematics at grade C is also required. Access to Leeds participants will receive a lower offer (see 'Selection principles' below). We welcome a wide range of qualifications - further details here.
- How to apply
Applications should be made through UCAS, www.ucas.ac.uk.
- Entry / admissions tests
- We may request a piece of written work or invite candidates to a selection interview.
- Selection principles
- We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and are keen to support those who have the potential to succeed but whose personal circumstances may have affected their levels of achievement. For this reason, we encourage participation in the Access to Leeds scheme - enter the phrase 'Access to Leeds' into our search engine for details.
- What you study
History is a wide-ranging subject that touches on all aspects of human activity. At Leeds we draw upon the expertise of an experienced staff of some thirty historians and exceptionally good libraries to convey to you the richness and depth of the subject. You will develop skills of historical investigation and analysis; knowledge and understanding of major aspects of British, European and World history; awareness and understanding of a range of historical approaches, interpretations and conceptual tools; an ability to communicate and a capacity for independent study. We place a great deal of emphasis on the special subject in the final year in which you examine a tightly defined historical problem in great depth.
You will explore the causes and consequences of human action through the study of the structure and organisation of society's institutions. We will develop your 'sociological imagination' by leading you through not only the principal theories and methods of sociology but also the complexities of class, gender and racial inequalities.
You will be taught by specialists in the study of gender and sexuality, race, development, crime and deviance, family and kinship, research methods, sociological theory, social protest and social movements and disability studies. The School has been placed second in the country for world-leading research in Sociology and Social Policy in the latest Research Assessment Exercise (R.A.E.)
- Study abroad opportunities
- Employers appreciate the cultural awareness and resourcefulness demonstrated by a period of time spent overseas. For information about optional study abroad opportunities please click here.
- Current modules taught
- Module Catalogue
- Key facts
Leeds University Union History Society boasts one of the largest memberships on campus. More information is here.
Details of SOCSOC, the student union's Sociology & Social Policy society can be found here.
Please note that the University is not responsible for content on external websites.
- Who do I contact to visit the department?
Before applying you may like to consider attending a pre-application open day. These will take place in June and October. Further information about these events can be found at www.leeds.ac.uk/opendays .
If you apply and are made an offer you will also be invited to a post-application Open Day. These run on a regular basis between January and March.
- Learning and assessment
Studying at university is different from school or college in that you will benefit from a variety of teaching and learning styles. These include lectures, small-group seminars or tutorials and, in some subjects, workshops. Your lecturers are all experts in their fields. There is greater emphasis on independent learning. You will prepare for lectures and seminars by doing some research, which means reading in the libraries, checking sources and discovering more information or new ideas related to your subject. Often you will do this on your own but you may also work in groups; whichever the case, your lecturer or tutor will always be on hand to help. In your first year of study you will cover the core elements of your subject(s) in detail, so that by the end of the year you will have acquired a sound knowledge base. After your first year you will be able to choose what you want to study from a wide range of optional modules – your tutors will advise you on making your choices. You will continue to be taught via lectures, seminars and tutorials throughout your degree. In your final year you may undertake a supervised research project or dissertation on a favourite topic. This type of extended, research-based project showcases many of the attributes – critical thinking, advanced research and literacy skills, the assimilation and organisation of complex ideas – that we know are highly valued by employers.
We use different types of assessment. Normally it is a mixture of examinations and course essays, but some modules include oral presentations or group work as assessed components. In preparation for your assessments, you will receive written and verbal feedback on practice essays and take part in exam revision sessions. You will also be able to attend extra classes on topics such as exam writing technique, how to conduct research in your subject, how to structure an essay and public speaking. This additional support will be available throughout your time at Leeds.
- What facilities are available
- One of the best academic libraries in the UK with over 2.8 million items.
- Dedicated free student support services, including the Careers Centre, the Skills@Library office and a Student Advice Centre.
- £360m investment in new buildings and facilities, including new 25 metre swimming pool and new 200 station gymnasium.
- For information about our fees and details of the financial support that may be available to you please visit www.leeds.ac.uk/yourfinances
- Scholarships and bursaries
For information on the University's scholarships and bursaries see www.leeds.ac.uk/yourfinances
- Career opportunities
- Our experienced staff can offer you support and information to help you plan your career effectively. Find further details by entering the phrase 'planning and deciding' into the search function of http://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk
- Work placement opportunities
- The latest details and opportunities are shown by entering the phrase 'student work placements' into the search function of http://careerweb.leeds.ac.uk
Whilst the University endeavours to ensure that the information contained in this document is accurate at the date of publication the University does not accept liability for any inaccuracies contained within it. Where circumstances change outside of the reasonable control of the University, the University reserves the right to change or cancel parts of, or entire, programmes of study or services at any time without liability, even after students have registered at the University. Where students have registered at the University, if changes or cancellations are made, the University will look to provide satisfactory alternative arrangements.
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