601–800 th
World University Rankings 2021
201–250 th
Young University Rankings 2020
51-75 th
European Teaching Rankings 2019
Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB, United Kingdom

Social Sciences - Coventry University

This course draws on social research to discuss current issues facing society and explores potential policy and practice solutions. Take our virtual tour Are you interested in what shapes us as human beings individually and collectively? Do you want to make a difference and understand how best we can improve people’s lives? The global challenges we face in the 21st century – from poverty, hunger and access to clean water to migration, violence and terrorism – has led to a growing demand for the type of critical insight and analysis social scientists can provide. Building on our social sciences expertise in psychology, sociology, criminology, community development and social policy, this exciting new course offers the chance to participate in cutting-edge, evidence based discussions to gain a deeper understanding of contemporary pressures facing people in society. It is designed to help empower you for future careers shaping policy or informing social action in local or national government, education, charity leadership and management, research. **Year 1** The first year will introduce you to social sciences perspectives, theories and methods, drawn particularly but not exclusively from psychology, sociology and criminology. Four topics (migration, poverty, security and the environment) are then explored to illustrate how social sciences theories can be used to analyse global challenges from different perspectives. For example, taking the challenge of food poverty: how does it feel to experience famine, what should society do about it and what is the connection between international famine relief and corruption? You will also be given training in key study skills, the use of information technology and library resources. This lays the foundations for developing rigorous research approaches to gain a better understanding of important social issues. **Year 2** In the second year, we give attention to global and local issues and social policy. We will cover how to draw upon theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence, such as census data and organisational case studies, to study contemporary challenges like discrimination, inequality, environmental impact on society and groups or health and social care for an ageing population. We will expand on the range of research methods available to social scientists, emphasising the need for ethical, rigorous collection and analysis of data, comparative across time and place. You should gain hands-on experience of problem and enquiry based learning; for example, undertaking exercises to define a social problem you are concerned about, explore the extent of the problem and its causes and come up with possible solutions to test. **Placement Year** After your second year, you can choose to take an optional sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement. **Final Year** The final year considers in further detail the application of social science theories and methods to working in organisations, developing evidence-based policies, interventions and social action. There is an emphasis on values, ethics and social research. This stage of the course offers an opportunity to be creative and develop your own academic and professional interests in preparation for employment or postgraduate study, depending on your choice of topic for the independent research project.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    Main Site,CoventryUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250