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Develop a detailed understanding of what makes people, groups or societies think and do the things they do.
Psychosocial studies is all about the relationship between self and society. It draws on disciplines such as psychology and psychoanalysis to explore the individual, as well as sociology to understand wider cultural and systemic issues.
Understanding human behaviour in this way has a great many practical applications and will equip you well for careers in fields such as criminal justice, health, social work, teaching, and HR management.
The course is taught in the modern, well-equipped surroundings of our Peterborough University Centre. Initially, you’ll gain a firm grounding in the fundamentals of sociology, and of social, health and developmental psychology. You’ll then study specialist core modules in fields such as child development, political ideology, social research methods, crime, belief and deviant behaviours.
In years two and three you’ll be able to personalise your studies to reflect and accommodate your career goals – tackling a major project in Year 3 which will involve independent research.
Our Social Science Society organises guest lectures and trips, and you can take part in the debates run by Anglia Ruskin Graduate Society. While you’re studying here, you’ll also have the opportunity to carry out research projects for the Peterborough Environment City Trust.
By the time you graduate you’ll have a sound knowledge of individual and group behaviour, the ability to apply this to a range of sectors and topics, and a set of transferrable employment skills, including communication and presentation, social research, team working, IT and project management.
Our graduates have gone on to successful careers in many fields, including criminal justice, health and allied professions, social work, teaching, and HR management.
Modules & Assessment
Year one, core modules
The Sociological Imagination
Year two, core modules
Social Research Methods
Year three, core modules
Nature and Society
We’ll assess your progress using exams and essay assignments, as well as your portfolio, presentations, group work, book reviews and dissertation.
Where you’ll study
In the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, we use our expertise and connections in Cambridge and beyond to nurture creativity through experimentation and risk-taking, and encourage critical thinking, in order to educate, entertain, inspire and understand, as well as to improve people’s lives.