Applied Social Science

BA (Hons) Degree

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Key features:

  • Optional industry placement
  • No specific level 3 entry requirements
  • 100% achievement rate for students with no/few qualifications on entry
  • 45% progressed to postgraduate study
  • Two graduates of the programme have secured OXFAM graduate trainee positions in the past 2 years

Full-time

3 years | September 2017 – July 2020

Course validation

Newman University

Delivered at Ruskin College
Dunstan Road
Old Headington
Oxford, OX3 9BZ

In a rapidly changing digital and unpredictable world you need to be equipped with the skills and ideas to address the complex challenges we face and to prepare you for working and living in the 21st century.


That is why this programme draws on a range of academic disciplines and integrates them through lively and topical teaching to provide you with an understanding of social science and its application to real-world situations and challenges. This allows you to touch upon a wide range of specialist areas and gain training in social research methods which are skills that can be used in a wide range of employment contexts.

 

You will cover local and global issues that will enable you to understand the link between theory, policy and real-life practice. In doing so, you will learn how to analyse and evaluate different analytical and practical approaches and ideas in order to question how we might best respond and problem solve.

Students receive all course information on enrolment, and timetables are available on induction week.

There are two optional modules in Level 5 of this course (Work Placement / Independent Studies Project).The rest of the modules for this course are compulsory.

Level 4 – Year 1

Semester

Module

Credits

Assessment, length (percent of credit)

Hours

1

Critical Skills for Social Science

30

Preparation for Work Placement portfolio, 1500w (30%)

Reflective essay, 1500-2000w (70%)

Contact: 54

Independent: 246

1

Introduction to Psychology

20

Presentation (25%)

Written report, 1500w (75%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

1

Economics for Everyone

20

Essay, 2500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

2

Introduction to Sociology

20

Exam, 2 hours (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

2

Introduction to Politics

20

Essay, 2500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

2

Independent Studies Project

10

Project portfolio, 2500w or equivalent (100%)

Contact: 12

Independent: 88

 

Level 5 – Year 2

Semester

Module

Credits

Assessment

Hours

1

Research Methods

20

Critical analysis, 200w (50%)

Presentation (50%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

1

Perspectives on Organisations

20

Essay, 3000w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

1

Work in the Digital Age

20

Case study, 3000w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

2

Politics of the European Union

20

Essay, 3000w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

2

The Individual and Society

20

Essay, 3000w (100%)

Notional 200

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

 

Level 5 – Year 2 optional modules:

Students must choose one of the following modules in addition to the level 5 modules above.

Semester

Module

Credits

Assessment

Hours

1-2

Option 1: Work Placement

20

Workplace reflection, 2000w (60%)

Workplace evaluation, 1500w (40%)

Contact: 10

Independent:90

Placement: 100

1-2

Option 2: Independent Studies Project

20

Project portfolio, 3500w (100%)

Contact: 15.5

Independent: 184.5

 

Level 6 – FT Year 3, PT Year 4

Semester

Module

Credits

Assessment

Hours

1-2

Dissertation

40

Dissertation, 8000w (80%)

Annotated bibliography, 2000w (20%)

Contact: 20.5

Independent: 379.5

1

Political Psychology

20

Essay, 3500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

1

Globalisation, Inequality and Sustainable Development

20

Case study, 3500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

2

Contemporary Political Theory

20

Essay, 3500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

2

Exploring Solutions for Change

20

Essay, 3500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

If you are a full time student you will be expected to attend around ten hours of class a week and be expected to study at least fifteen hours per week outside of class and tutorial times. Class sizes are low, with typically 15 to 20 students in each year group.

The teaching methods employed vary according to the content and aims of the session. A typical session will make use of a mix of different methods – e.g. mini-lecture, pair- or group-work, learning checks, tutor- or student-led discussion – in order to accommodate different learning styles. The approximate distribution of assessment types is Essays 85%, Exams 5%, and Presentations 10%. Marked work is returned with feedback within three weeks of submission.

Tutors are experienced teachers in Higher Education and are also experts in their field with a keen interest in research and publishing.

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the BA (Honours) Degree in Applied Social Science, subject to validation by Newman University.

LEARNING DEVELOPMENT

We have a Learning Development office that offers free one-to-one tutorials for support with the following:

  • Individual study support, e.g. essay-writing, reading and note taking, or study confidence
  • English as a foreign language
  • Specific cognitive or physical learning needs, e.g. Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, ASC, Paraplegia.

Learning Development tutorials can be face-to-face, over the phone, or via Skype, and run in addition to any subject tutorials. Library and computing staff are also available for support in their specific areas.

Questions to do with the Library are best addressed to the library staff.  Questions to do with Computing are best addressed to the Computing Staff, who are available at different times. 

COUNSELLING SERVICE

We offer a free and confidential counselling service to students.

Ruskin College supports counselling as part of this mission. We regard emotional intelligence as an integral aspect of learning, towards which counselling has much to offer. In order to transform society, individuals must first learn to transform themselves. Counselling at Ruskin extends beyond the traditional notion of support for mental health issues, into the realm of personal and professional development.

Please visit our staff webpage to learn about our course tutors.

Students are able to meet with our Student Money Adviser before enrolling on the course to discuss any fees or funding issues. For more information, contact enquiries@ruskin.ac.uk.

FEES

Home/EU tuition fees are £9,000 per year for full time students. The International fee is £9,000 per year. Part time student fees are £6,750 per year.

Fees are payable to Ruskin College on enrolment. Please note that these fees may be subject to change. Subject to eligibility, most full and part time students will be eligible to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Student Loans Company.

MAINTENANCE

Subject to eligibility, full time students may be eligible to apply for help with their living costs with a Maintenance Grant/Loan. Part time students are not eligible for any financial help with maintenance.

FUNDING

Funding is available from Student Finance England if you live in England (www.gov.uk/studentfinance, 0845 300 5090). If you live in other parts of the UK please contact Student Finance Wales, Student Finance Northern Ireland or the Student Award Agency for Scotland. International students will be responsible for the payment of their own tuition fees. Further information on funding can be found here.

OTHER COSTS

Once offered a place, full-time students can apply for a single study bedroom for the entire academic year. Accommodation for students on site is of a high standard, recently-refurbished and offering study/bedrooms in small blocks on the peaceful, semi-rural campus.

Students who are not resident in college need to budget for transport to the college, and for placement – although we try to ensure placements are as close to residency as possible. Student accommodation costs are: Study Bedroom (standard) £103/week; Study Bedroom (en-suite) £124.50/week.

All students will need to consider the additional costs of books and stationery items – although much of the reading material that you need will be available in the college library.

Students who take up the optional Work Placement module will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme. This currently costs £59.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

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Ruskin College is committed to widening participation and has no specific Level 3 academic entry requirements for students to study on its higher education programmes. Students must demonstrate that they have the ability to benefit from studying the programme and fulfil the learning outcomes of the programme. Students must demonstrate an interest in the field of study they wish to undertake. Students may be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check prior to commencing their programme if they plan to undertake external work experience or placement opportunities offered by that programme.

All candidates must also be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements for Ruskin College on application or at interview:

  • You must demonstrate a commitment to the ethos and vocation of Ruskin College

  • Selection interviews are conducted as a two-way process in which you can make an informed decision about the suitability of the programme for you.

  • We must receive a satisfactory references for you

  • A satisfactory health check

You must participate in an induction week, which includes sessions on all aspects of the college.

APPLICATIONS

To make an application, complete our online application form.

Students often find that employment opportunities arise out of their final placement. We also encourage our graduates to pursue postgraduate studies, such as the Graduate Certificate Practice Educator Professional Standards, offered here at Ruskin College.

After graduating from Ruskin in 2016, 45% of the students progressed to postgraduate study and two graduates of the programme have secured OXFAM graduate trainee positions in the past 2 years.