Who am I and how do I live with others? The answer is in the link between our minds, our bodies, our selves, and other people. This is the central task of discovery involved in studying psychology and sociology.
Contemporary Psychology is a scientific discipline dealing with human behaviour, cognition and action. In psychology at UCS you will explore and examine the interaction between mind and behaviour, the nature of the unconscious, the functioning of memory, individual behaviour in social situations, prejudice and altruism. Psychology at UCS equips students with a thorough grounding in each of the major fields: social psychology, developmental psychology, biological psychology, and cognitive psychology. The focus of the teaching and learning of psychology at UCS is on allowing students to explore fundamental questions about human behaviour, while learning about the importance of research, evidence collection and adherence to ethical codes.
Sociology is a subject that developed with the modern world and its key task is to analyse the changing nature of the social world with particular reference to recent developments. Sociology at UCS aims to equip students with the tools they need to understand the world they live in by developing relevant analytical and research skills. The aim of the sociology joint programme is to produce knowledgeable sociologists who can develop sociologically informed arguments. Sociology at UCS is concerned with important classical and contemporary sociological debates in areas such as globalization, social stratification, gender and sexuality, technology, and sociological theory. It also offers students an increasingly specialist knowledge as they progress with their studies.
Psychology and Sociology at UCS offers:
A thorough grounding in the major fields within psychology
An emphasis upon research methods
Specialist modules to allow students to explore contemporary developments in psychology
A focus on contemporary changes to social life
A specialist theme of technology and society
An emphasis upon transferable research skills
Content and Modules
UCS Bury St Edmunds
First year modules:
Psychology - Foundations of Biological-Cognitive Psychology, Foundations of Social-Developmental Psychology, Social Science Research Skills.
Sociology - Sociology and the Modern World, Understanding Social Change, Social Inequalities, Social Science Research Skills.
Second year modules:
Psychology - Biological and Cognitive Psychology, Social and Developmental Psychology, Quantitative Data in Social Science, Qualitative Data in Social Science (Compulsory for Psychology Major students and joint honours students intending to do a Psychology dissertation)
Sociology - Sociology of Health and Illness, Globalisation, Exploring Family Lives, Understanding Deviance, Quantitative Data for Social Scientists, Social Theory, Qualitative Data in Social Science (Compulsory for Sociology Major students and joint honours students intending to do a Sociology Dissertation)
Third year modules:
Psychology - Abnormal Psychology, Emotions, Personality and Intelligence, Lifespan Developmental Psychology.
Sociology - Gender, Sexuality and Culture, Changing Education, Media, Culture and Society,
Undergraduate Dissertation - 40 credits.
First year modules
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Second year modules
Third year modules
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You can read the full Programme Specification for this course here:
The most recent figures available from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
reveal that 85% of Psychology and Sociology graduates in 2011/12 found employment within six months of graduation
Around 60% of graduate jobs are open to graduates of any discipline and Psychology and Sociology graduates are well equipped with the advanced skills and confidence to thrive in a variety of occupations
Psychology and Sociology graduates are good problem solvers, have good analytical and research skills, and have excellent information and data management skills
Employability is taken very seriously at UCS and employers are directly involved in a number of taught and additional sessions over the 3 years.
Quite a number of our graduates also go on to pursue further qualifications at masters and doctoral levels
Online and face to face resources and advice are available from the UCS Careers and Employability Service for all UCS students
These are also excellent places to go to if you are unsure which career paths are opened up by particular degree courses.
For this course all modules are assessed and a range of assessment methods are used, including essays, reports, case studies, critiques, reviews and formal examinations.
We try to keep the timetable for a full time student to be spread over four days throughout the degree course.
You can view a sample timetable for the course at UCS Ipswich here:
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