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BASS Politics and Data Analytics / Course details

Year of entry: 2022

Course description

You will learn theories about politics and international relations, but they also learn how to translate these theories into empirical questions that can be studied using real life data.

Specifically, you learn data analytic and data science techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of policies, understand political behaviour, predict and classify political phenomena and describe and analyse networks of relationships between individuals, political agents or organisations.

By completing the core and optional units, you can gain sought-after skills, including:

  • how to collect, describe and visualise data;
  • how to build quantitative models to explain phenomena;
  • how to quantitatively evaluate the effectiveness of policies;
  • how to map and analyse complex social networks;
  • how to implement key machine learning algorithms;
  • how to implement data analytic techniques and data science algorithms using statistical software including R, as well as proprietary packages such as SPSS.

The pathway emphasises the application of modern data analytic methods to real life problems, although you will have the opportunity to learn some of the underlying theory, to progress further in your career to more advanced postgraduate courses and to more challenging scenarios in policy and industry.

Special features

Professional Experience Year Opportunity

You apply in year 1 to boost your employability through a paid Professional Experience Year.

If you meet the criteria, the Professional Experience Team and Careers Service will work with you to find a suitable placement in your 2nd year.

You will then complete your Professional Experience Year in 3rd year extending your degree to four years, before returning to University to finish your final year.

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

Paid placement opportunity

You can apply for a paid Q-Step internship between Year 2 and 3.

Study abroad

If you would like to broaden your horizons and your degree, you can apply to study overseas for a year at one of our partner universities. You apply in Year 2 to spend a year abroad in Year 3. If successful, you will put together a programme of study at the host university in consultation with your Academic Exchange Advisor, to complement your studies at Manchester. You will then come back to Manchester to study for a fourth year and graduate with a degree title including ‘with International Study'. See The University of Manchester Study Abroad pages for more information, including eligibility criteria, destinations, costs and funding.

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;
  • exams.

Course content for year 1

Year 1 of the course gives you a broad introduction to the Social Sciences.

Students on the Data Analytics pathway must take the core unit SOST10021 Measuring Inequalities.

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
Engaging With Social Research SOAN10081 20 Mandatory
Measuring Inequalities (Unequal Societies) SOST10021 20 Mandatory
Crime and Society CRIM10001 20 Optional
Criminological Research Methods CRIM10072 20 Optional
Foundations of Criminal Justice CRIM10421 20 Optional
Psychology, Crime and Criminal Justice CRIM10432 20 Optional
Foundations of Criminological Scholarship CRIM10441 20 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Microeconomics 1 ECON10221 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10252 10 Optional
Criminal Law (Criminology) LAWS10082 20 Optional
Introduction to Ethics PHIL10021 20 Optional
Critical Thinking PHIL10042 20 Optional
Philosophies of Resistance PHIL10101 20 Optional
Ancient Greek Philosophy PHIL10122 20 Optional
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology PHIL10622 20 Optional
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind PHIL10631 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Optional
Making Sense of Politics POLI10301 20 Optional
British Politics: Power and the State POLI10401 20 Optional
Politics of the Global Economy POLI10502 20 Optional
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
Power and Culture: Inequality in Everyday Life SOAN10301 10 Optional
Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective SOAN10312 10 Optional
Regional Studies of Culture: 1 SOAN10331 20 Optional
Regional Studies of Culture: 2 SOAN10352 20 Optional
Introduction to Business Anthropology: Consumers, Companies and Culture SOAN10361 20 Optional
Environment and Society SOCY10202 20 Optional
Inequalities in Contemporary British Society SOCY10401 20 Optional
Contested Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Media, Culture & Society SOCY10441 20 Optional
Global Social Challenges SOCY10461 20 Optional
Getting Personal: Intimacy and Connectedness in Everyday Life SOCY10471 20 Optional
Getting Personal: Intimacy and Connectedness in Everyday Life SOCY10472 20 Optional
Work, Organisations and Society SOCY10912 20 Optional
Understanding Social Media SOST10012 20 Optional
Measuring Inequalities (Unequal Societies) SOST10021 20 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST10142 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 42 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

In Year 2 you begin to specialise.

Students in the Data Analytics pathway take two core units:

  • SOST20022 Essentials of Survey Design and Analysis;
  • SOST20142 Applied Statistics for Social Science.

Course units for year 2

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
How to Conduct Politics Research POLI20902 20 Mandatory
The Survey Method in Social Research SOST20012 20 Mandatory
Essentials of survey design and analysis SOST20022 20 Mandatory
Policing and the Police CRIM20051 20 Optional
Explaining Crime and Deviance CRIM20412 20 Optional
Making Sense of Criminological Data CRIM20441 20 Optional
Modelling Criminological Data CRIM20452 20 Optional
Understanding Punishment CRIM20692 20 Optional
Criminology and Criminal Justice in Action CRIM20701 20 Optional
Jurisprudence LAWS20101 20 Optional
Islamic Philosophy PHIL20001 20 Optional
Philosophy of Religion PHIL20021 20 Optional
Applied Philosophy PHIL20031 20 Optional
Philosophy of Race PHIL20041 20 Optional
Formal Logic PHIL20142 20 Optional
Ethics PHIL20231 20 Optional
20th Century Analytical Philosophy PHIL20242 20 Optional
Existentialism PHIL23002 20 Optional
Hegel and Marx PHIL23022 20 Optional
Politics by Numbers POLI20311 20 Optional
The Politics of (in)Security POLI20332 20 Optional
Questions About International Politics POLI20521 20 Optional
Politics & Society in Britain Since 1940: From Blitz to Brexit POLI20531 20 Optional
Arguing About Politics: Political Theory in the World POLI20602 20 Optional
The Politics of Globalisation POLI20711 20 Optional
The Politics of Development POLI20722 20 Optional
Gender and Politics in Comparative Perspective POLI20742 20 Optional
The Politics of Policy Making POLI20802 20 Optional
Ideals of Social Justice POLI20881 20 Optional
How to Conduct Politics Research POLI20902 20 Optional
Injustice and Resistance POLI20961 20 Optional
Environmental Politics POLI20982 20 Optional
Comparative West European Politics POLI21001 20 Optional
Southern European Politics POLI21012 20 Optional
Asia-Pacific Security POLI21041 20 Optional
Anthropology of Kinship, Gender and Sex SOAN20802 20 Optional
Anthropology of Religion SOAN20811 20 Optional
Political and Economic Anthropology SOAN20821 20 Optional
The Ethnographer's Craft SOAN20842 20 Optional
Materiality and Representation SOAN20852 20 Optional
Work, Economy and Society SOCY20031 20 Optional
Education and Society SOCY20052 20 Optional
Qualitative Research Design & Methods SOCY20091 20 Optional
Sustainability, Consumption & Global Responsibilities SOCY20231 20 Optional
Global Migration SOCY20272 20 Optional
Decolonising Sociology SOCY20302 20 Optional
Youth, Politics & Activism in Contemporary Europe SOCY20412 20 Optional
Social Class and Inequality in Britain SOCY20602 20 Optional
Family, Relationships and Everyday Life SOCY20701 20 Optional
Gender, Sexuality and Culture SOCY20892 20 Optional
Racism and Ethnicity in the UK SOCY20961 20 Optional
The Survey Method in Social Research SOST20012 20 Optional
Essentials of survey design and analysis SOST20022 20 Optional
Market Research SOST20042 10 Optional
Global Market Research SOST20051 20 Optional
Answering Social Research Questions with Statistical Models SOST20131 20 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST20142 20 Optional
Introduction to Population Development & Social Change SOST20151 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 58 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

In Year 3 you pick your final areas of specialisation.

Students in the Data Analytics pathway take the core unit SOST30031 Answering Social Research questions with Statistical Models.

In addition to this, students are encouraged to take:

  • SOST30172 Quantitative Evaluation (of Policies, Interventions and Experiments);
  • SOST30036 Data Science Modelling;

and at least one of:

  • SOST30022 Advance Social Network Analysis;
  • SOST30012 Theory and Method in Demography.

Course units for year 3

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
Drugs and Society CRIM30601 20 Optional
From Imprisonment to Rehabilitation CRIM30662 20 Optional
Victims, Crime and Justice CRIM30792 20 Optional
Serious and Organised Crime CRIM30811 20 Optional
Youth, Crime and Justice CRIM31101 20 Optional
Crime Mapping: an introduction to GIS and spatial analysis CRIM31152 20 Optional
The Criminal Psychopath CRIM31172 20 Optional
Issues in Epistemology PHIL30331 20 Optional
Philosophy of Psychology PHIL30362 20 Optional
Philosophy of Action PHIL30552 20 Optional
Advanced Topics in Aesthetics PHIL30622 20 Optional
Philosophy of Mathematics PHIL30721 20 Optional
Language & Oppression PHIL30811 20 Optional
Metaethics and Religious Language PHIL30842 20 Optional
Existentialism PHIL33002 20 Optional
The Politics of the European Union POLI30032 20 Optional
The Politics and Philosophy of Nationalism POLI30191 20 Optional
Gender, Sexuality and Politics POLI30231 20 Optional
Elections and Voters in Britain POLI30242 20 Optional
Liberalism and Empire POLI30252 20 Optional
Dimensions of Peace and Conflict: Disciplinary and Regional Approaches POLI30262 20 Optional
Political Morality and Dirty Hands POLI30272 20 Optional
Chinese Politics POLI30281 20 Optional
Public Policy Problems POLI30291 20 Optional
Ethical Issues in World Politics POLI30321 20 Optional
Using Nudge to Change Lives POLI30331 20 Optional
Power, Space & Popular Culture: Thinking Critically About Geopolitics POLI30461 20 Optional
Introduction to International Political Economy POLI30721 20 Optional
Gender, War & Militarism POLI30791 20 Optional
Africa & Global Politics POLI30862 20 Optional
Comparative Protest Politics -Voting with their Feet POLI30922 20 Optional
War Memories and Reconciliation in East Asia POLI31011 20 Optional
Borders of China POLI31022 20 Optional
Children, Family and Social Justice POLI31032 20 Optional
Understanding Political Choice in Britain POLI31041 20 Optional
American Politics: Why Do They Do That? POLI31061 20 Optional
Global Capitalism, Crisis and Revolt POLI31091 20 Optional
Contemporary Parliamentary Studies and the British Political Tradition POLI32041 20 Optional
Postcolonial Politics POLI32061 20 Optional
The International Political Economy of Trade POLI32082 20 Optional
Sex, Bodies and Money: Feminist, Queer and Intersectional Political Economy POLI32092 20 Optional
Theories of Rights POLI32121 20 Optional
United States Foreign Policy: Dominance and Decline in a Complex World POLI32132 20 Optional
US-China Relations: Escaping the Thucydides Trap POLI32142 20 Optional
United Nations Security Council in Practice POLI32151 20 Optional
Race, Ethnicity, Migration POLI32162 20 Optional
Anthropology of Development and Humanitarianism SOAN30111 20 Optional
The Anthropology of Health and Wellbeing SOAN30251 20 Optional
Anthropology of Childhood, Youth and Education SOAN30372 20 Optional
The Good Life: An Anthropology of Ethics SOAN30392 20 Optional
Anthropology of Displacement and Migration SOAN30451 20 Optional
Medical Anthropology SOAN30462 20 Optional
Black Identities and Cultures in Latin America SOAN30661 20 Optional
Screening Culture SOAN30791 20 Optional
Anthropology of Vision, Senses and Memory SOAN30811 20 Optional
Sociology of Human Animal Relations SOCY30041 20 Optional
Racism and Resistance in Education SOCY30102 20 Optional
Body and Society SOCY30142 20 Optional
Secrets, Lies & Mass Deception SOCY30152 20 Optional
Identity, Power & Modernity SOCY30171 20 Optional
A Sense of Inequality: Everyday Understandings of Inequality SOCY30241 20 Optional
Alternative Economies - Ordinary Economies SOCY30252 20 Optional
Sociology of Mental Health & Illness SOCY30262 20 Optional
Security, Radical Uncertainty and Global Pandemics SOCY30352 20 Optional
Power and Protest SOCY30461 20 Optional
Social Thought from the Global South SOCY30501 20 Optional
Visualising Society & Social Life: Photography in focus SOCY30521 20 Optional
Theory & Method in Demography SOST30012 20 Optional
Advanced Social Network Analysis SOST30022 20 Optional
Answering Social Research Questions with Statistical Models SOST30031 20 Optional
Data Science Modelling SOST30062 20 Optional
Quantitative Evaluation (of Policies, Interventions and Experiments) SOST30172 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 72 course units for year 3

Course content for year 4

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

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

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk