.What does it mean to be a citizen of a country? How do you classify someone’s identity in society? What impact do crime and social change have on all our lives? The worlds of politics and sociology converge on some crucial issues that we all face, and this course gives you the chance to find out more about the sociological issues and debates which influence political theory, systems and practice. Sociology is the study of the social world in which we live, looking at everything from social relationships and identities through to inequality and difference. Politics is the study of how decisions are made in economic, social and political institutions. Both subjects are rewarding disciplines and combining the two can help you build crucial skills that employers are looking for. The course looks at how the social and political arenas interact, at both a national and international level. You’ll pay particular attention to issues of citizenship and identity. On the political side of things, you’ll be able to study vital issues such as conflict resolution, democracy and development, and different systems of government. In your second and third years, you’ll choose from a range of modules to specialise in the subjects that interest you. In your second year you’ll have the chance to go on a work placement to put the skills you’ve learnt into practice and make useful industry contacts too. Previous students have taken placements with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), the civil service, national and local government, MPs and political parties. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad for a term in your second year. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to get involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. You could benefit from guest lecturers such as MPs and political figures, and student-led debates. We encourage students to get involved with the Student Politics Society to develop your debating skills and gain practical experience in a supportive environment.