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This new area of study, explores the relationship between ‘self’ and society. It’s an excellent choice if you’re considering a career in fields such as health, education, criminal justice, social work or HR management.
The course combines the study of individuals, using psychology and psychoanalysis, with the wider cultural and systemic studies of sociology. You’ll gain a rounded understanding of human behaviours, nature and relationships, as well as the ability to apply the theory practically to a variety of questions and fields.
In the earlier modules you’ll learn the fundamentals of sociology and social, health and developmental psychology. Then, with this in place, you’ll be able to progress to more specialist modules, examining key aspects of the individual and social world.
Central to this is exploring how we shape, and are shaped by, our social surroundings – and what this means in the many specialist fields you could choose to study (see ‘special features’ below). In year three you’ll be able to research your own preferred subject area for your final year major project.
Case studies, visits and work-based study give this course a strong practical flavour and you’ll learn many of the key skills used by sociologists and psychologists. You’ll also develop the ability to research and analyse complex information, make well-structured arguments and challenge ‘accepted’ thinking as a confident debater.
These are all useful skills for postgraduate study or research, as well as for the professional workplace.
There’s plenty of scope to personalise your studies and focus on specific fields, such as: sexuality, desire and gender; agency and social change; deviance, crime and social control, health and illness; racism, race and cultural identity; community and social life; biology and behaviourism, and developmental psychology.
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
Comparing Social Lives
Year two, core modules
Year two, optional modules
Knowledge and Belief
Year three, core modules
Year three, optional modules
We’ll assess your progress via a mix of exams, essays, class tests, individual and group presentations, book reviews, portfolio, 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.