This programme specification is aimed at prospective students and represents the most current course structure.
SECTION A: DETAILS OF THE COURSE AND AWARD
|Programme:||SOCIOLOGY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS|
|Awarding body:||University of Essex|
|Teaching institution:||University of Essex|
|NQF Level of Qualification:||Honours|
|Full / Part Time||Full-time|
|QAA Benchmark Group:||Sociology|
| Admission criteria:
if the applicant does not meet the specified criteria, he or she may discuss the application with the Head of Undergraduate or Head of Postgraduate admissions.
|A-levels: 340-300 points, including AA-BB at A-level
Scottish Highers: AAAA-AABB
IB: 36-32 points
SECTION B: PROGRAMME AIMS, OUTCOMES, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT METHODS
This section provides a concise overview of the programme of study, identifying the aims, learning outcomes and the corresponding methods of learning, teaching and assessment.
Programme: BA SOCIOLOGY WITH HUMAN RIGHTS
To provide students with an understanding of the distinctive character of sociological thinking (B) together with an understanding of human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective To provide students with a knowledge of the main theoretical traditions of sociology (B) and of human rights To provide students with an understanding of the main sociological methods (B) and of the main methods used in the investigation of human rights To develop students' capacity for critical enquiry, argument and analysis To develop students' capacity for independent learning To provide students with the knowledge and skills to enable them to proceed to further study and research in sociology and in human rights Reference to the QAA Benchmarks for Sociology are indicated by the letter B
Programme Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:
A1 : A knowledge of the intellectual foundations of sociology|
A2 : A knowledge of key sociological concepts and theories (B)
A3 : An understanding of the relationships between individuals, groups and social institutions (B)
A4 : An understanding of social context, culture, social diversity and social change (B)
A5 : A knowledge of the relationship between theory, concepts and empirical evidence
A6 : A knowledge of the principles of research design and the main approaches to data collection (B)
A7 : An understanding of the analysis and interpretation of empirical data and the value of comparative analysis
A8 : A knowledge of the epistemological, ethical and political dimensions of sociological research (B)
A9 : An understanding of the essential terms and concepts necessary to comprehend the field of human rights, and of the international, regional and domestic systems to promote and protect human rights
A10 : A knowledge of key sociological, philosophical, legal, political, economic and historical perspectives on human rights
A11 : A knowledge of some important contemporary human rights problems
B1 : An ability to understand, summarise and critically assess sociological work|
B2 : An ability to compare competing theories and explanations (b)
B3 : An ability to develop a reasoned argument (B)
B4 : An ability to formulate sociological questions
B5 : An ability to assemble, evaluate and interpret empirical evidence
B6 : An ability to understand, summarise and critically assess human rights norms, principles and practices
B7 : An ability to compare the approaches of a number of different disciplines to human rights issues
B8 : An ability to assemble, evaluate and interpret empirical evidence about human rights
B9 : An ability to apply a sociological approach to human rights issues
C1 : An ability to retrieve evidence using bibliographic and web searches|
C2 : An ability to compile bibliographies and provide references according to accepted conventions
C3 : An ability to use theoretical terms correctly
C4 : An ability to summarise, report and evaluate arguments, texts and findings
C5 : An ability to frame a research proposal and to identify and apply the appropriate research methods
C6 : An ability to plan, conduct and present a small scale piece of research
Communication: D1 : An ability to present ideas and evidence to others both orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner|
IT Skills: D2 : An ability to collect and present materials using information technology
Numeracy: D3 : An ability to read, interpret and draw inferences from official statistics; an ability to carry out simple statistical calculations
Problem Solving: D4 : An ability to identify problems and propose solutions
Self Learning: D6 : An ability to plan work and manage time and an ability to reflect on their own work and respond constructively to the comments of others
Learning, Teaching & Assessment Methods or Strategies for the following:
The Sociology Department and the Human Rights Centre use lectures to present material - ideas, data and arguments - in a clear and structured manner using examples, mapping the field and the contours of debates. Lectures are also used to stimulate students' interest in the area under discussion. In each course the issues and arguments covered in lectures are explored further through weekly classes or workshops for which students have to prepare. The curriculum is designed to involve clear progression between the foundational work in the first year and the subsequent compulsory courses. Students' theoretical understanding of sociological work is developed through the progressive structuring of the material in SC111, SC201 and SC301. Students' understanding of human rights is developed through the progressive structuring of the material in HU 100, HU 200 and HU 300. Their sociological and human rights knowledge and understanding is further enhanced through the work they do for their options.Classes, and preparation for classes, provide the opportunity for students to develop their knowledge and understanding of the content of the courses. In addition student learning takes place through the work they do preparing essays and assignments. In the first year students have to produce a glossary of sociological concepts and a sociological journal on a topic of their choice for SC111 and have a required examination question on key concepts. SC111 also specifically introduce students to examples of ongoing research in the Department. Students also do methodological assignments for SC101 including a statistical test and a piece of observational work. They have the opportunity to develop methodological skills further in a methods option. In the second year course, SC201, there is a particular focus on reading key sociological texts. In their first year in the human rights component, students have to produce a human rights journal for HU 100, as well as two reports on contemporary human rights issues. In the second year course, HU200, students complete an assignment on the application to a human rights topic of research methods from a range of different disciplines; and in the third year course HU 300, students complete a substantial essay on a contemporary human rights problem. In their third year all students on the degree have to carry out independent work for a research project on the sociology of human rights for SC831 which they receive some individual supervision.
Outcomes A1 to A11 are assessed through coursework and unseen written examinations. Coursework includes assessed oral presentations, essays, reports, a sociological journal and a human rights journal, a sociological glossary, a statistics test and an observational study. Written examinations not only include standard essay type questions, but SC201 involves a compulsory question interpreting a passage of text from a sociological classic. In addition, the assessed work for all third year students includes a research project.
Students enhance the above intellectual skills primarily through the work they do for their courses, although lectures and classes provide a means of teachers demonstrating these skills through example, and in the first year staff give specific presentations on their ongoing sociological research. Preparation for classes and class presentations involve the reading, interpretation and evaluation of sociological and human rights texts and the collection and evaluation of empirical data. Class tutors provide feedback on class presentations and contributions to classes through comment and discussion. Similarly the preparation of essays and other assignments also develops the listed intellectual skills. Students are provided with feedback on all assessed work and this is crucial to their intellectual development. Their work for both the first-year journals and the third-year research project is also vital to the Department's learning and teaching strategy for this degree.
Outcomes B1 to B4 are judged and evaluated in every piece of assessed sociology work that the student has to do as part of this degree scheme. BI is also specifically assessed through a compulsory question for SC201 requiring the interpretation of a passage of a classic text. Not all assignments require the evaluation and interpretation of empirical evidence (B5) though many do, but these skills are particularly assessed in some of the assignments for SC101.Outcome B6 is evaluated in the work assessed for HU 200, while outcome B 7 is evaluated in the work assessed for HU200. Outcomes B6, B7 and B8 are evaluated in the work assessed for HU 300. Outcome B 9 is evaluated through the third year research project.
Throughout the three years of the degree practical skills are developed through preparation for classes, preparing essays and other assessed assignments, giving presentations and doing written examinations In the first year assignments for SC 111 and HU 100, cover tasks such as producing a bibliography, producing a sociological glossary, describing and evaluating a sociological text , producing a sociological journal and a human rights journal, and writing a human rights report . In SC101, students carry out an observational study. The work for HU 100 and HU300 includes the detailed examination and interpretation of key human rights texts, while the work for SC 201 includes the detailed examination and interpretation of key sociological texts. In addition, the second year human rights course HU 200 and the third year project are particularly valuable in developing students practical skills. Students receive detailed feedback on all their coursework and presentations.
Skill C1 is specifically assessed in a first year assignment for SC111, but also forms part of the assessment of almost every piece of assessed coursework. Skill C2 and C 3 are assessed in the majority of pieces of assessed coursework and written examinations. C4 is particularly assessed in the assignments for SC201 and HU 100 and HU 300. C5 is assessed in HU 200 and C6 in the third year project.
Generic skills are taught and learned throughout the degree through a range of strategies; for example, through requiring students to give oral presentations, giving them specific assignments such as carrying bibliographic and web searches, giving them specific assignments requiring numerical skills, and through class discussion and class and essay preparation. Students have the opportunity to discuss essay plans with staff and are given clear deadline for their work which they have to meet. They are given feedback on all their coursework and are encouraged to reflect on their own work and improve it. Students also have the opportunity to develop skills in working in groups through their participation in the classes for every course.
Key skills are assessed throughout the degree through continuous assessed coursework and examinations. IT skills are a component in the evaluation of most assessed work which require bibliographic and web searches, but there is a particular focus on them in first year assessments in Sc 101 and HU 100 such as the sociological journal and the human rights journal. Numeracy skills are assessed in the assignments for SC101, which include a statistics tests, and HU200 which includes the ability to interpret a statistical table. Problem solving skills are assessed in assignments for SC101, and HU 100, 200, and 300. Since the curriculum is structured in a progressive manner, students' skills in improving learning and performance are also assessed through the related structured progression of formal assessed work.
SECTION C: COURSE STRUCTURE
Please refer to your option list as issued by the department where necessary,
and view module details in the module directory.
Additional notes on module choices:
Students are strongly advised to choose a balance of modules across both terms.
|Component No.||Module Code||Module Title||Status in Award|
|01||HU100-4-FY||FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS||Core|
|02||SC111-4-FY||SOCIOLOGY AND THE MODERN WORLD: SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS I||Core|
|03||SC101-4-FY||RESEARCHING SOCIAL LIFE I||Core|
|04||MODULE FROM LIST C (1 X 30 CREDITS) OR ( 2 X 15 CREDITS - AUTUMN & SPRING MODULE)||Optional|
|Component No.||Module Code||Module Title||Status in Award|
|01||HU200-5-FY||ISSUES AND METHODS IN HUMAN RIGHTS||Core|
|02||SC201-5-FY||CONTINUITY AND CONTROVERSY IN SOCIOLOGY: SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS II||Compulsory|
|03||2ND YEAR SOCIOLOGY OPTION (1 X 30 CREDITS) OR (2 X 15 CREDITS - 1 AUTUMN & 1 SPRING MODULE))||Optional|
|04||2ND YEAR SOCIO OPTION OR OUTSIDE OPTION (1 X 30 CREDITS) OR (2 X 15 CREDITS - 1 AU & 1 SP MODULE)||Optional|
|Component No.||Module Code||Module Title||Status in Award|
|01||HU300-6-FY||HONOURS HUMAN RIGHTS COLLOQUIUM||Compulsory|
|02||SC301-6-FY||CURRENT DISPUTES IN SOCIOLOGY: SOCIOLOGICAL ANALYSIS III||Compulsory|
|04||FINAL YR SOCIO OPTION OR OUTSIDE OPTION FROM LIST (1X30) OR (2X15-1 AUTUMN & 1 SPRING MODULE)||Optional|
SECTION D: RULES OF ASSESSMENT
Rules of assessment are here: http://www2.essex.ac.uk/academic/students/ug/rules.htm
Assessment information for individual modules can be found on the Module Directory at http://www.essex.ac.uk/courses/
External Examiner Information
- Name: Prof Barry Godfrey
- Institution: THE UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL
- Academic Role: Professor
The University of Essex Programme Specifications Catalogue is updated annually in April/May. The specifications represent the most current course structures and may be subject to review and change. Should you have any queries about the Catalogue's pages, please contact the Course Records Team, Systems Administration Office, Academic Section; email: crt (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk)