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BASS Philosophy and Quantitative Methods / Course details

Year of entry: 2021

Course description

The BA in Philosophy and Quantitative Methods is one of the pathways within the BA Social Sciences degree.

It is ideal if you want to keep your options open or study specific topics such as race, class, crime or religion, from different perspectives.

This flexible degree lets you study at least three subjects in the first year, and then throughout the second and third year you deepen your understanding of the subjects you feel passionate about.

The six subject areas are:

  • Criminology  - The study of the causes and consequences of crime.
  • Philosophy  - The study of the nature of knowledge, truth and values. It also encourages greater consideration of our reasoning, judgement and ethics.
  • Politics  - The study of human organisation, government and power. It examines and evaluates political systems and institutions.
  • Quantitative Methods  - The study of data and analysis to understand the social world.
  • Social Anthropology  - The study of societies and cultures across the globe in comparative perspective.
  • Sociology  - The study of society and examines issues such as social inequalities and forms of everyday life.

You are not tied to the course code you apply to through UCAS, and can change after Year 1.

Special features

Professional experience opportunity

You have the option of extending your studies and boosting your employability through a paid professional placement year.

You can apply in Year 1 or 2, complete your placement in Year 3, then return to University for Year 4.

The degree title will include 'with Professional Experience', giving you the added advantage of relevant work experience when entering the competitive graduate jobs market.

Study abroad

You apply in Year 2 and if successful, you will put together a package of course units at your host university in consultation with your Academic Exchange Advisor in Manchester.

Paid placement opportunity

You can apply for a paid Q-Step internship during the summer between the second and third year of your course.

Teaching and learning

Course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars where you explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are key to improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing, and presentations.

You are assigned an Academic Advisor who can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

The range of methods is designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding, including:

  • essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations;
  • dissertations;
  • presentations and group projects; and
  • exams.

Course content for year 1

Year 1 gives you a broad introduction to the Social Sciences, enabling you to make an informed choice of areas to specialise in for your second and third years.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Study Skills and Independent Learning SOCS10902 10 Optional
Study Skills (BA Econ/BASS) - semester one SOCS10911 10 Optional

Course content for year 2

In Year two you begin to specialise. If you specialise in one subject you take 60 to 80 credits in it.

If you specialise in two subjects you take 40 credits in each.

Course content for year 3

In Year 3 you pick your final areas of specialisation. If you specialise in one subject you take 60 to 80 credits in it.

If you specialise in two subjects you take 40 credits in each.

Course content for year 4

If completing a year professional placement, you will take the Year 3 course content in Year 4.

Disability support

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