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									Social Sciences
Social Sciences

Excellent teaching
and course reputation

Social science is the study
of human society and
social relationships. This
degree covers a range of
subjects, giving you the
opportunity to learn how
society works: social
history, politics, culture,
psychology, sociology,
social ethics, crime and
punishment, and social

Interdisciplinary course
The Social Sciences degree
gives you the opportunity to
study subjects such as social
policy, psychology, history, politics
and sociology, offering a multi-
perspective, interdisciplinary
approach to investigating society       This results in a range of graduate   “Kent is a great place to
and people. Contemporary issues         job opportunities, which include
(such as health care, forensic
                                                                              study. It has everything
                                        care and counselling, psychology,
psychology, cultural identity and       teaching, research, civil service,
                                                                              I need – from the right
political resistance) are never         local government, management          books in the library to
simple to understand, but the           in the public, private or voluntary   helpful lecturers I can
degree programme provides a             sectors, marketing, and the police.   turn to whenever I don’t
multi-layered analysis of such                                                understand something.”
issues.                                 Highly rated department
                                        Kent’s School of Social Policy,       Sandra Cruden
In addition, new and returning          Sociology and Social Research         Social Sciences student
students value the ability to select    is one of the most highly rated in
topics and modules to match their       the country. It is an international
interests and needs in a flexible       centre that has consistently
and coherent manner. Students           received the highest ranking in
can choose from an expanding            the Government evaluation of
list of new modules taught by a         university research. You will be
dedicated research-active staff.        taught by leading academics in
                                        the field, lecturers who have
                                        specialist research interests that
                                        inform and illuminate our teaching.

                                          Social Sciences

In the 2008 Research Assessment
Exercise (RAE) the School was
rated 4th in the UK, and in The
Times Good University Guide
2010 Kent was ranked 9th in the
UK for social policy.

Flexible study options
You can study this programme on
a full-time or part-time basis. The
full-time degree takes three years
and consists of three stages.
Part-time students take two years
to study each stage – breaking
the degree up into the certificate
(Stage 1), diploma (Stage 2) and
honours degree (Stage 3). The
certificate and diploma are also
stand-alone qualifications.

Supportive teaching
University of Kent staff have a
range of academic experience
as well as experience of working
professionally in social science
areas. We use a variety of
teaching methods, including
lectures, case-study analysis,
group projects and presentations,
and individual and group tutorials.

 Did you know?

 In the 2009 National
 Student Survey, Socia
 Policy at Kent was ran t
  9th in the UK for stu

Social Sciences

Attractive location
and facilities

Our Medway campus
includes the award-
winning Medway Building
as part of the purpose-
built facilities.

Historic buildings
Our campus is near Chatham
Historic Dockyard and combines
many beautiful old buildings with
modern interiors offering state-of-
the-art study facilities, in which the
University has invested millions of
pounds. There are also cafés, a
shop, sports centre and a student
pub on campus, all of which helps
to create a sense of community.
The impressive Rochester
Cathedral is the venue for the
University’s degree congregations.

Excellent resources                      Good location
The study resources on campus            The Medway campus is positioned
are excellent. The £8 million Drill      a convenient distance from two of
Hall Library has over 100,000            the world’s greatest cities, Paris
items including books, journals          and London. Trains from Chatham
and electronic information. You          to London take just 45 minutes,
also have access to a range of           and trains from the international
services including IT support,           station at Ebbsfleet arrive in Paris   Did you know?
library support and public PCs           in around two hours, or you can                                 the
and printers.                            be in London St Pancras in about       The Drill Hall Librar y,
                                         20 minutes.                            Medway Building and
                                                                                                           e all
Diverse environment                                                             Pilkington Building hav
Our students come from a variety         In addition, the Medway area
                                                                                won prestigious award
of backgrounds. There are always                                                both for design excelle n to
                                         offers sporting facilities including
a number of mature students who                                                 and for their contributio
have worked in industry, as well
                                         a dry ski slope and toboggan run,       the Medway region’s
                                         an ice rink, a karting circuit, an      regeneration.
as an increasing number from             Olympic-standard trampolining
overseas. This mix means you             centre and several sports and
not only learn from your lecturers       leisure centres.
but also from the experiences of
your fellow students.

                                                                                                Social Sciences

Student profile

Andrew Harris has just                   As a student representative within     What do you in your spare time?
finished his second year,                SSPSSR, I also have a good             I try to keep fit by playing football
studying for a BSc in Social             opportunity to air any of our          and tennis whenever I can. As well
Sciences.                                concerns which are always pretty       as using the pub on campus, I
                                         well received by staff.                travel to Canterbury quite a bit to
What attracted you to studying                                                  go to the Students Union bar and
at Kent?                                 How would you describe your            events like the Summer Ball.
I came through the clearing              fellow students?
process. On that day, when so            You get a real mix of students at      What will you do next?
much chaos is going on in terms          the Medway campus with lots of         I plan to do a psychology Master’s
of what you do next, I                   different life experiences. I’ve       conversion course and then a
remembered that I had a postcard         made some good friends both on         further degree in pure psychology
from Kent mentioning what to do          my degree and other courses.           that will enable me, ultimately, to
in clearing. Kent was one of my                                                 practise as a clinical psychologist.
original five choices anyway and         What are the facilities like on        This means that I’m probably
was a totally convenient location        campus?                                going to be a student for at least
for me. The Medway Campus is an          The campus itself is really nice to    the next four years but, hopefully,
hour’s drive from where I live so        look at and walk through. It’s small   by then the job market will be on
it’s far enough but not too far that I   and compact but there are a lot of     its way up again.
can’t go home whenever I want.           warm, friendly people around.
                                         Nearby, you’ve got the shopping        Have you any advice for other
How is your course going?                centre and pubs and St Mary’s          students?
I am enjoying the course and             Island which is popular with           If you end up in clearing, don’t
doing well. I really liked the choice    students for accommodation. I          panic. Look into it before you
of modules this year. My favourite       stayed in halls last year – they       accept any offers, don’t just
was definitely clinical psychology;      were brand new, with great             accept the first thing you get
I had a mild interest in this before     facilities. It was less than 10        because, quite often, it’s not the
which developed as I studied it.         minutes’ walk from the campus          right one for you. Take some time
                                         and there was a supermarket right      out to reassess exactly what you
What do you think about the              underneath so you didn’t need to       want and find the best opportunity
level of support in your study?          go far to do your shopping.            for you. Obviously there’s a lot of
In terms of feedback on work that                                               luck involved – mine was finding
we’ve done, it’s always very clear;                                             that Kent postcard on my desk!
pointing you in the right direction,
not just telling you you’ve done
something wrong, but how to
improve it.

Social Sciences

Careers after

Studying Social Sciences
provides you with a good
understanding of how
society works, and the
opportunity for a career
that is both challenging
and fulfilling.

Excellent career prospects
Six months after graduation in
2009, only 4.8% of all Kent
graduates were without a job
or further study opportunity.
A degree in Social Sciences can
lead you into a wide range of
careers, including the caring
and counselling professions, local
government and the civil service,
voluntary organisations,
management and marketing,
politics, teaching, lecturing or
research.                             Master key skills
                                      Studying for a degree is not just
If you wish to stay in Medway,        about mastering your particular
there are many opportunities          subject area. Employers are
available locally – studies of        looking for a range of key skills
regional employers show that          and you are encouraged to
there is an unmet demand for          develop these throughout your
graduates in the Medway area.         degree programme. Dealing with
                                      challenging ideas, thinking             Did you know?
Careers advice                        critically, the ability to write well                        nt
The University’s Careers Advisory     and communicate your ideas              The University of Ke
Service can give you advice on        clearly are among the important
                                                                              was ranked 7th in the
                                                                              UK for Social Policy
how to choose your future career,     skills that you gain at Kent.                                   ting
                                                                              Administration gradua
how to apply for jobs, how to write                                           students’ employment
a good CV and how to perform                                                  prospects in The Gu
well in interviews and aptitude                                                Un iversity Guide 2011.
tests. It can also provide up-to-
date information on graduate
opportunities before and after
you graduate.

                                                                                               Social Sciences

Graduate profile

Kirsty Russell graduated in
Social Sciences and now
works for Kent Libraries and

What attracted you to the
I have always been an inquisitive
person, especially when it comes
to human behaviour and thought. I
liked the fact that I could study not
just psychology but a mixture of
history, social policy, politics and

What did you particularly enjoy
about your time at Kent?
I loved that the campus was local,
so I didn’t have the stress of
moving away from friends and
family and breaking social
commitments. I also enjoyed being
                                        factors; even the attractiveness of    Transformation Team, but have
able to choose which modules I
                                        the defendant can sway the vote!       recently been offered the position
studied, even in the first year.
                                                                               of Communications Officer for
                                        What about the teaching?               Kent Libraries and Archives. When
What were your favourite                The teaching was superb. I felt        I left university, I knew that I
modules?                                that the lecturers were truly          wanted a career which involved
I enjoyed research methods as it
                                        passionate about their subjects        being able to use my knowledge
allowed me to combine my love of
                                        and were interested in my              of human behaviour and thought,
writing with my mathematical and
                                        personal and future career             and the ability to make a
statistical skills; and to make
                                        development, not just my               difference to society and the lives
discoveries about unexplored
                                        assignment grades.                     of the people within it.
subjects. I also thoroughly enjoyed
cognitive neuropsychology,
                                        What was the campus like?              What are your future plans?
studying the world’s biggest
                                        I found it really inspiring to learn   I would like to continue to work my
mystery, the human brain.
                                        on a campus with so much local         way up within the public sector
                                        and personal history; a number of      and, hopefully, take a Master’s in a
What were the most interesting          my relatives worked within the         couple of years’ time.
things you learned?                     Chatham Dockyard and
The course was fairly academic
                                        surrounding area.                      What would you advise anyone
but its content was extremely
                                                                               thinking of coming to Kent?
applicable to everyday life. In
                                        Could you describe your career         I would say take a course that you
forensic psychology, for example,
                                        path since leaving Kent?               are truly passionate about and
we learned how the jury decision
                                        I am currently Research Support        learn as much as you can whilst
can be affected by many different
                                        Officer for the Technology             you’re here.
Social Sciences

Choosing your

Not sure about which                   A broad range of modules                Criminal Justice Studies
programme to choose?                   explores the basics of sociology,       This programme looks at the key
                                       including culture, social               elements of contemporary crime
Here’s a quick guide to                organisation and socio-economic         policy: policing, the courts,
a few of the other degrees             development across many                 punishment and prevention.
offered by the School of               societies, as well as specialist        In addition to this, it reflects the
Social Policy, Sociology               topics such as race and ethnic          worldwide move within criminology
                                       identity, children’s rights, and risk   to broaden the definition of crime
and Social Research.                   and society. There is also the          to include other important issues,
                                       opportunity to spend a year in          such as poverty, malnutrition,
Social Policy                          Europe.                                 pollution, medical negligence,
Social Policy looks at the ways in
                                                                               state violence, corporate
which society handles the welfare
                                       Environmental Social Science            corruption, racial and domestic
of individuals and families. On this
                                       This unique programme brings            violence, hate crime, genocide,
course you study some of today’s
                                       together several social science         torture and animal rights.
central issues, including crime,
                                       subjects – anthropology, law,
poverty, homelessness, violence,
                                       economics, politics, sociology,
ill-health and child protection, and
                                       social policy – to explore the most
learn about the ways in which
                                       important issues of our time: the
health and social services,
                                       environment, human activity and
education and housing agencies
                                       the survival of different species.
respond to these issues.
                                       As well as addressing issues
                                       such as climate change, waste
Sociology                              management, energy consumption
Sociology is the study of human
                                       and transport, it examines the
social life, cultures and societies,
                                       roles of environmental activists
ranging from passing encounters
                                       and transnational corporations,
between people to global social
                                       and issues such as indigenous
organisation. The programme links
                                       people’s perspectives and rights
sociological thinking to everyday
                                       to national resources.
life in a technologically complex,                                                                   n?
highly urbanised and culturally                                                 Need more informatio
diverse world.                                                                                        on
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                                                                                          Social Sciences

Studying at
Stage 1

This is the first year of
a full-time degree course.
You will be introduced to
a range of subjects and
gain knowledge of the
basic methodology used
within the social sciences.

We use a variety of teaching
methods, including lectures, case
study analysis, group projects and
presentations, and individual and
group tutorials. Study groups are
normally composed of no more
than 15 to 20 students at any one
time, and give you the opportunity
to discuss a topic in detail.
Assessment is by a mixture of
coursework and examinations.

All students take the core module:
• Methods of Social Research.        Introduction to Contemporary         explaining modern society. You
                                     Britain                              look at the key processes of
You also take three modules from     This module aims to provide          socialisation through a range
the range of options below:          students with an understanding       of topics, including the family,
• Introduction to Contemporary       of the key political, economic and   community, education, mass
   Britain                           social changes in Britain in the     media, and markets.
• Introduction to Psychology         20th century.
• Introduction to Sociology                                               Social Problems and Social
• Social Problems and                Introduction to Psychology           Policy
   Social Policy.                    This module provides you with        You are introduced to the study of
                                     an introduction to the science of    social policy by looking at social
                                     psychology, including historical     problems and issues, including
Modules: Stage 1
                                     development, philosophical issues    poverty and social exclusion,
                                     and the major theoretical schools    truancy, homelessness, the ageing
Methods of Social Research
This module introduces social        of thought.                          population, domestic violence, the
research from an interdisciplinary                                        changing family structure, the
perspective and examines some        Introduction to Sociology            work/life balance, and the impact
of the debates about the nature      The module shows you the role        of migrants and asylum seekers.
of social research methods.          that sociology has played in

Social Sciences

Studying at
Stages 2 and 3

Stages 2 and 3 are the
second and third years of
full-time study. You will
deepen your knowledge
and can specialise in
areas of interest.

Assessment is by a combination
of coursework and examinations,
except for the Research Methods
module and the Dissertation,
which are assessed entirely by

All students take the following:
• Dissertation
• Research Methods.

You can also choose from a range
of optional modules, including:
• British Government and Politics
• British Social Policy: Historical   Modules: Stages 2 and 3              British Government and Politics
   Perspectives                                                            This module introduces you to
• Crime, Punishment and               Dissertation                         the important institutions of British
   Penal Policy                       Your dissertation gives you          government and gives a basic
• Development Psychology              the opportunity to undertake         understanding of the political
• Doing Visual Sociology              independent research in an area      process. You examine some of
• Forensic Psychology                 of particular interest to you. The   the political institutions of modern
• Health Policy in Britain            subject of your dissertation is      Britain: Parliament, the Cabinet
• Human Cognition                     finalised after discussion with      and the Prime Minister, the civil
• International Affairs 1900-1951     the relevant subject specialists.    service, and regional and local
   and the European Ideal                                                  government. You also consider
• Key Welfare Issues                  Research Methods                     Britain’s electoral system, and
• Politics and Society                The module continues to develop      look at Britain’s membership of the
• Principles and Practice of          your analytical and methodological   European Union and the
   Social Policy                      skills in preparation for your       consequences of globalisation
• Psychology of Social Behaviour      dissertation. Research methods       on British politics.
                                      are offered in psychology, history
• Social Justice Practice
• Social Ethics
                                      and sociology – you choose two       British Social Policy:
                                      of these subject areas to look at.   Historical Perspectives
• Social Psychology of Health
                                                                           A knowledge of the historical
• Women and Work in Britain
                                                                           development of British social
• Women, Politics and Society in
                                                                           policy allows us to understand
   Britain since 1780.
                                                                                             Social Sciences

many of the contemporary issues        a research practice and you gain       solving, and decision making.
in social policy and social work.      methodological experience of           You consider the ways in which
You gain an understanding of the       exploring the world visually in        research on these processes
historical development of social       this module by producing and           contributes to our understanding
policy in Britain, from the early      analysing your own visual data,        of human behaviour. You look at
19th century to the 1940s.             largely through photography.           topics such as memory disorders,
In particular, you look at how                                                false memories, effective learning
certain policies developed and the     Forensic Psychology                    and problem-solving, and errors
continuities in policy debate over     This module looks at the               and biases in everyday thinking.
this period.                           application of psychology to
                                       issues of criminal behaviour           International Affairs 1900-1951
Crime, Punishment and Penal            and criminal justice. You consider     and the European Ideal
Policy                                 psychological factors in the origins   This module provides you with
This module explores the historical    of criminal behaviour,                 a critical understanding of the
development of crime and official      psychological issues in crime          different ideals for and about
responses to it over a period of       prevention, the validity and           ‘Europe’ which competed for
160 years. It also examines the        usefulness of offender profiling       predominance in the first half
relationship between social theory     and psychological processes in         of the 20th century. What became
and the development of the             jury decision-making and               of these ideals and how did they
criminal justice and penal system.     eyewitness testimony.                  inform developments in Europe in
                                                                              the second half of the 20th
Developmental Psychology               Health Policy in Britain               century? What is the relevance
This module examines                   In this module, you consider           of these ideals today?
developmental changes in social        health policy in Britain since
and cognitive processes from           the second world war and how           Key Welfare Issues
birth to adolescence. The              effective the services have been       In this module, you examine the
interaction of biological and social   in meeting needs. You examine          debates around the failure of the
factors throughout development         the outlook for health policy in       welfare state in an ideological
are examined. Topics covered           Britain in the light of demographic    framework, looking particularly at
include attachment, perceptual         and economic factors, and the          the changes in policy in the 1980s
and cognitive abilities in infancy,    changing political climate. You        and 1990s. The impact of
acquisition of language, theories      investigate the structure and          economic circumstances and
of cognitive development, social       finance of the NHS, and assess         demographic pressures is
and moral development, self-           alternative proposals for financing    analysed, and you look at the
concept and adolescence.               health services. You also analyse      impact of welfare policy on
                                       the relationship between the           particular groups, including
Doing Visual Sociology                 public and private sectors and         women and ethnic minorities.
The subfield of ‘visual sociology’     assess the role of alternative         You then go on to analyse the
offers a way of exploring the          medicine.                              changing nature of welfare
social world that allows us to                                                provision, looking at the role of
develop knowledge – including          Human Cognition                        the European Union and the
theoretical insight and                This course examines the               implications of Britain opting
understanding – of general             cognitive processes involved in        into the Social Chapter.
sociological issues through            perception, attention, memory
analysing what we ‘see’. It is also    and learning, reasoning, problem-
                                                                              Continued overleaf
Social Sciences

Studying at
Stages 2 and 3 (cont)
Politics and Society                              on the individual, relationships,                  Social Psychology of Health
This module examines major                        attitudes, and pro- and anti-social                You study the involvement of
schools of thought that represent                 behaviour.                                         psychological factors in the origins
the interrelationships between                                                                       and management of health and
politics, social structures,                      Social Justice Practice                            illness. The module covers topics
ideologies and culture.                           This module enhances your                          such as the use of health services,
You are introduced to key issues                  understanding of the ‘third sector’,               compliance, psychosomatic
and perspectives on power                         its historic development and its                   disorders, pain management,
distributions within and between                  contemporary role in social policy                 eating disorders and substance
societies, and the social and                     in Britain and in the Medway area                  abuse, and changing health
political conflicts that lead to                  in particular. It enables you to                   behaviour.
changes in the allocation of power.               combine practical experience
                                                  of voluntary work with academic                    Women and Work in Britain
Principles and Practice                           study of the ‘third sector’, ‘civil                This module aims to greatly
of Social Policy                                  society’ and the concept of ‘social                modify some of the myths and
This module relates the aims of                   justice’.                                          assumptions that have grown up
welfare provision to social policy                                                                   about the role of women and their
practice. It examines the changing                Social Ethics                                      involvement in paid and unpaid
role of the state in welfare                      This aims to develop your basic                    work over the last 250 years. It
provision and looks at how welfare                understanding of key concepts                      draws on historical investigations
is distributed through the state, the             and theories in moral philosophy,                  and on theoretical perspectives.
family, the voluntary sector and the              particularly where they are
market. Focusing on the changes                   relevant to contemporary ethical                   Women, Politics and Society in
in social policy during the 1980s                 issues and social problems.                        Britain since 1780
and 1990s, you assess the                         You also become familiar with                      A critical look at the role of women
success of the Conservative                       competing ethical perspectives                     and of feminist ideas in politics,
government’s market reforms and                   and learn to critically evaluate                   public life and society over the last
examine the future of the welfare                 the relevance of ethical theory                    two centuries in Britain. Drawing
state in Britain and compare it to                in understanding contemporary                      on the insights of feminist theory
other systems.                                    public life. Areas covered include:                and gender history, you analyse
                                                  fact/value distinctions; natural and               the nature of women’s
Psychology of Social Behaviour                    human rights; discourse ethics;                    participation in public life, society
This module deals with the aspects                theories of justice; theories of                   and political movements, and the
of human behaviour which are                      freedom; applied ethics covering                   ways in which their involvement
particularly affected by the                      topics such as abortion, animal                    was affected by a patriarchal
presence of other people and the                  rights, capital punishment,                        society and class considerations.
influences which they bring to                    euthanasia, political violence,                    You also look at women’s
bear. Topics include self-concept,                pornography, stem-cell research                    movements in other countries,
social attribution, social influences             and whistle-blowing.                               such as the USA and France.

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                                                                                             Social Sciences

Visiting our campus
and applying to Kent

                                                                             Application facts


                                                                             BSc (Hons)

                                                                             Programme type
                                                                             Full-time and part-time

                                                                             Degree programme
                                                                             Social Sciences (L340:K)

                                                                             Offer levels
                                                                             A level 280 points
                                                                             (3.0 A level equivalents) inc
                                                                             either BC at A level or BC in
Come along for an Open                  Informal visits                      12-unit VCE A level, IB Diploma
Day or a UCAS Visit Day                 You are very welcome to visit        33 points or IB Diploma with 14
                                        the campus at any time. The          points at Higher
and see what it is like to              University produces a leaflet that
be a student at Kent.                   can take you on a self-guided tour   BTEC National Diploma/
                                        and, in certain instances, you may   Certificate with Distinction, Merit,
Open Days                               be able to meet up with an           Merit
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                                                                             Successful completion of an
June and October for potential          more details, please contact the
                                                                             Access course
students, their families and friends.   Information and Guidance Unit
The day includes subject displays,      (see below).                         University of Kent Certificate in
demonstrations, informal lectures                                            Social Science
and seminars, and the chance to         More information
tour the campus with current            If you would like more information   Mature students may be
students. For more information,         on Kent’s courses, facilities or     accepted on the basis of
see            services, or would like to order     motivation and experience. The
                                        another subject leaflet, please      School is committed to widening
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UCAS Visit Days                         contact the Information and
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                                                                             mature students.
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For more details, see                   The Registry, University of Kent,               Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NZ.

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