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Applied Social Science

BA (Hons) Degree

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Key features:

  • Optional industry placement
  • No specific level 3 entry requirements

Full-time

3 years | September 2017 – July 2020

Course validation

Newman University

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

Are you interested in big questions like how does society function? What causes inequality? Does poverty lead to crime? How does human behaviour interact with institutions such as government? The Applied Social Science degree brings together Sociology, Politics, Psychology, and Economics. The course will include a mix of theoretical and practical to help you understand the big questions and issues of our time.

Course detail

This degree allows you to study a wide range of social science disciplines. You'll find it's suitable if you want to address social issues such as poverty and social exclusion. It will also help you explore public policy and how social, economic, and political decision-making influences people's lives.

Employers value the transferable skills gained by Applied Social Studies graduates. You will gain a deep understanding of the lives of individuals, communities and workplaces, the issues faced by vulnerable individuals and groups in our society, and the policy, cultural and organisational contexts.

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 Ruskin prepares 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.

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

Module

Credits

Assessment, length (percent of credit)

Hours

Critical Skills for Social Science

30

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

Reflective essay, 1500w (70%)

Contact: 54

Independent: 246

Introduction to Psychology

20

Presentation (25%)

Written report, 1500w (75%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

Introduction to Economics

20

Essay, 2500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

Introduction to Sociology

20

Essay, 2500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

Introduction to Politics

20

Essay, 2500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

Independent Studies Project

10

Project portfolio, 2500w or equivalent (100%)

Contact: 12

Independent: 88

 

Level 5 – Year 2

Module

Credits

Assessment

Hours

Research Methods

20

Critical analysis, 200w (50%)

Presentation (50%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

Sociology of Organisations

20

A poster display plus 15 minute accompanying minute presentation 100% (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

Economics of Work in the Digital Age

20

Case study, 3000w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

International Politics: Europe and Beyond

20

Essay, 3000w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

Psychology of 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.

Module

Credits

Assessment

Hours

Option 1: Work Placement

20

Workplace reflection, 2000w (60%)

Workplace evaluation, 1500w (40%)

Contact: 10

Independent:90

Placement: 100

Option 2: Independent Studies Project

20

Project portfolio, 3500w (100%)

Contact: 15.5

Independent: 184.5

 

Level 6 – FT Year 3, PT Year 4

Module

Credits

Assessment

Hours

Dissertation

40

Dissertation, 8000w (80%)

Annotated bibliography, 2000w (20%)

Contact: 20.5

Independent: 379.5

Political Psychology

20

Essay, 3500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

Globalisation, Inequality and Sustainable Development

20

Case study, 3500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

Contemporary Political Theory

20

Essay, 3500w (100%)

Contact: 36

Independent: 164

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 90%, 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.

Student support
We understand that life isn’t always a straight road. Sometimes, financial, personal or social obstacles make it difficult for individuals to take advantage of educational opportunities early on in life. We help those people overcome barriers to learning and provide quality educational experiences to those looking to step onto to a better path.                       

Find out more on our student support.

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 sma@ruskin.ac.uk.

FEES

Home/EU and International tuition fees are £9,000 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.

Vist the Fees for Higher Education webpage for more information.

OTHER COSTS

Once offered a place, full-time students can apply for a single study bedroom for the entire academic year. Student accommodation costs are: Study Bedroom (standard) £105/week; Study Bedroom (en-suite) £125/week.

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.

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

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On successful completion of the course you will be awarded the BA (Honours) Degree in Applied Social Science validated by Newman University. The course has a clear, practical and vocational character that aims to support your entry into the range of human services professions, or to help you develop and advance your existing career in the human services both internationally and in the UK.

You may find employment within areas such as: drug and alcohol support, prisoner rehabilitation, services for older and disabled people, young people, work in other areas of the human services such as: housing, welfare-to-work, and community development.

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