Political issues are invariably social issues, involving questions of power, inequalities, conflict and change in contemporary societies.
Dividing your time equally between sociology and politics at each Stage of this degree allows you to develop a rich, in-depth and historically well-informed understanding of the social forces that create and sustain political and social institutions.
You will graduate with a sophisticated understanding of contemporary socio-political issues.
The subject areas of politics and sociology at Newcastle both have an international reputation for their research. In Politics, our research activity focuses on three overlapping areas:
In Sociology, our research areas include:
Your work is divided between lectures and seminars, with around 10 hours a week devoted to large and small group study. You will be expected to supplement this with a maximum of 28 hours’ private study.
Assessment methods throughout your course will generally include a combination of essays, examinations, projects, dossiers, presentations and poster presentations. In Stage 3, you undertake a dissertation in either politics or sociology on your topic of choice. This is a substantial piece of original research that accounts for a third of your credits in Stage 3. Teaching and assessment methods may vary from module to module; more information can be found in our individual module listings.
Visit our Teaching and Learning pages to read about the outstanding learning experience available to you at Newcastle University.
UK and EU students have the opportunity to broaden their academic experience by taking part in a study exchange abroad in Stage 3 in places such as:
Many of our partner institutions teach in English, so fluency in the language of your host institution is not essential.
You'll find a diverse and friendly community of students and academics in the Politics building. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in a range of social and other activities outside the your study programme, many of which are organised by the student-run Politics Society.
You are also welcome to join the Sociology Society which also organises a busy calendar of events for sociology students. Sociology at Newcastle is based on the 5th floor of Claremont Bridge.
To make sure you feel at home at Newcastle, we have an active system of student support, including a personal tutor and peer mentor to offer guidance and support throughout your degree.
The department has offered a lot of help and encouragement which has given me a real sense of belonging, as going to University can be daunting experience.
Newcastle stood out for me. Not only was the University very appealing for its reputation, but the city of Newcastle was great too