This undergraduate honours degree offers a broad and innovative approach to the study of social sciences. You’ll explore how social policy is created through the lenses of sociology and politics. Employing this joint approach, you’ll examine how the relationship between national governments and their citizens is changing and how this affects contemporary issues such as work, education, equalities, human rights and social justice.
Our Society, Politics and Policy BA (Hons) course offers a unique approach to the study of social sciences, as it draws knowledge from two different disciplines of sociology and politics. Throughout the course you’ll encounter contemporary case studies and we’ll encourage you to think outside the box in order to analyse how politics influences society and vice versa. You’ll get the opportunity to specialise in topics that interest you such as Latin American politics, gender and sexuality, human rights and conflict.
Our course is an excellent opportunity to expand your views, as it’ll provide you with the tools and understanding to reflect on contemporary politics and how it affects you. You’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to your classmates’ learning by sharing the experience of living in your own society, whether that’s in London or abroad.
The course is taught by specialists in sociology, politics and social policy, many of whom are internationally recognised for the quality of their work. Their teaching is supplemented by visits from practitioners, who’ll share their experience and knowledge. We also organise trips to public policy agencies and international organisations, providing you with insight into how policy making works in practice.
We are based in the capital, which is a vibrant place to study with access to a range of social and political institutions. You’ll get to see for yourself how society interacts with major political centres such as Westminster, international embassies and trade unions.
Your assessments will be a combination of coursework, presentations. Portfolios and explorative critical thinking projects.
Many of the assessments will be related to real work challenges and you'll have a choice in the areas studied according to your interests and career aspirations. Detailed guidance and support is given for all assessments.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
In Year 1, core subjects address the range of sociological perspectives on modern society and methods for understanding the changes that society is going through. You'll learn the basic principles of researching modern society, as well as relevant polices and government responses to social problems.
In Year 2, you'll develop your social research skills and address sociological theories through analysing social theory, class, gender, generation, race and ethnicity, culture, the media, globalisation and urban society. You'll select from a wide-range of option modules to discover your preferred fields of sociology, policy making or political sciences.
In Year 3, you'll study politics and comparative social policy, choosing from a range of option modules to suit your preferences (human rights, gender, religion, race and ethnicity).
For your final project/dissertation is a choice among the fields of social policy, sociology or politics.
The wealth of transferable skills you’ll gain on this course will allow you to pursue a career in a range of industries and roles.
This undergraduate honours degree is also excellent preparation for postgraduate study. You can continue to study at London Met on courses such as our Political Violence and Radicalisation MSc and Woman and Child Abuse MA.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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Apply to us for September 2019
Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course.
Our UCAS institution code is L68.
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Dr Andrew Moran, Acting Head of International Relations and Politics, offers his insight into President Donald Trump's state visit to the United Kingdom, on 3 June 2019.
Hana Kleiner, a Holocaust survivor, to speak about her experience to students and staff. Places are still available but limited, book your free ticket now.
London Metropolitan University welcomed two former US Congresspeople to speak about their first-hand experience of working in Congress under President Trump’s leadership.
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