Undergraduate Units

The tables below give information about available units from the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies along with details of unit directors and course pre-requisites. Further information is available by following the links provided.

First year politics units
NameDirectorDescriptionUnit Summary
POLI10005: Thinking Politically (TB1) Dr Neil Matthews
Full unit description  POLI10005: Thinking Politically - unit guide (PDF, 667kB)
POLI10004: The Politics of Global South (TB1) Dr Egle Cesnulyte Full unit description

POLI10001: Issues in World Politics (TB1) Professor Eric Herring Full unit description

‌‌POLI10001: Issues in World Politics - Unit Guide (PDF, 415kB)

POLI11103: Comparative Government and Politics: An Introduction (TB2) Dr Dimitri Batrouni
Full unit description

To be updated in January

POLI11101: Political Concepts (TB2) Dr Timothy Fowler
Full unit description POLI11101: Political Concepts - Unit Guide (PDF, 500kB)
POLI10003: Theories of International Relations(TB2) Dr Alix Dietzel Full unit description  POLI10003: Theories of International Relations - Unit Guide (PDF, 569kB)
First year sociology units
NameDirectorDescriptionUnit Summary
SOCI10004: Thinking Sociologically (TB1) Dr Lee Marshall
Full unit description SOCI10004:Thinking Sociologically - unit guide (PDF, 494kB)
SOCI10009: Introduction to the Sociology of Culture (TB1) Dr Jo Haynes
Full unit description

SOCI10009: Introduction to the Sociology of Culture - unit guide (PDF, 476kB)

SOCI10007: Social Identities and Divisions (TB1) Dr Saffron Karslen Full unit description

SOCI10007:Social Identities and Divisions - unit guide (PDF, 495kB)

SOCI10006: Key Social Thinkers (TB2) Dr Dan Whillis
Full unit description
SOCI10006: Key Social Thinkers - Unit Guide (PDF, 514kB)
SOCI10005: Doing Social Research ( TB2) Ms Magda Mogilnicka Full unit description SOCI10005: Doing Social Research - Unit Guide (PDF, 544kB)
SOCI10008: Sociology in a Global Context (TB2) Dr Marcus Morgan  Full unit description SOCI10008 - Sociology in a Global Context - unit guide (PDF, 590kB)
Second year politics units
NameDirectorDescriptionUnit Summary
POLI21203: Rational Choice (TB1) Professor Mark Wickham-Jones Full unit description POLI21203: Rational Choice and Politics (PDF, 442kB)
POLI20010: Global Justice (TB1) Dr Alix Dietzel Full unit description POLI20010: Global Justice - unit guide (PDF, 584kB)
POLI22202: Contemporary Political Theory (TB1) Dr Timothy Fowler Full unit description POLI22202: Contemporary Political Theory - Unit Guide (PDF, 353kB)
POLI29008: Power, Politics and IR of East Asia (TB1) Professor Yongjin Zhang
Full unit description POLI29008: Power Politics and IR East Asia - Unit Guide (PDF, 905kB)
POLI21214: Co-operation and Integration in Europe (TB1) Dr Nieves Perez Solorzano Borragan Full unit description POLI21214: Cooperation and Integration in Europe - Unit Guide (PDF, 679kB)
POLI20002: Contemporary International Relations (TB1) Dr Filippo Dionigi Full unit description POLI20002: Contemporary International Relations - unit guide (PDF, 625kB)
POLI21231: The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa (TB1) Dr Adrian Flint
Full unit description POLI21231: The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa - Unit Guide (PDF, 559kB)
POLI20005: Understanding Genocide  (TB2) Dr Torsten Michel Full unit description   
POLI20008: Apocalyse or Ecotopia? Green Political thought (TB2) Dr Hannah Parrott
Full unit description POLI20008:Apolcalypse or Ecotopia? Green Political Thought (PDF, 732kB)
POLI20009: Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia (TB2) Dr Andrew Wyatt Full unit description POLI20009: Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict in South Asia (PDF, 599kB)
POLI20006: Russian Politics (TB2) Dr Magnus Feldmann Full unit description POLI20006: Russian Politics (PDF, 422kB)
POLI21222: Politics and Policy-Making in the UK (TB2) Dr Neil Matthews
Full unit description POLI21222: Politics and Policy Making - Unit Guide (PDF, 1,041kB)
POLI20001: Conducting a Research Project Using Secondary Data (TB2) Dr Mircea Popa Full unit description POLI20001: Conducting a Research Project Using Secondary Data - unit guide (PDF, 415kB)
POLI20003: International Organisations and Global Governance (TB2) Dr Karen Tucker Full unit description POLI20003: International Organisations and Global Governance - unit guide (PDF, 425kB)
POLI21213: Development Studies (TB2) Professor Martin Gainsborough
Full unit description POLI21213:Development Studies - Unit Guide (PDF, 503kB)
POLI20004: NGO Development and Practice (TB2) Dr Gaston Fornes Full unit description POLI20004:NGO Development and Practice - unit guide (PDF, 507kB)
Second year sociology units
NameDirectorDescriptionUnit Summary
SOCI20072: Sexuality and Society (TB1) Dr Nathaniel Coleman Full unit description SOCI20072: Sexuality and Society - unit guide (PDF, 502kB)
SOCI20016: Conceptualising the Social (TB1) Dr Leonidas Tsilipakos Full unit description SOCI20016: Conceptualising the Social - Unit Guide (PDF, 521kB)
SOCI20049: Environment and Society (TB1) Dr John Downer

Full unit description

 SOCI20049: Environment and Society - unit guide (PDF, 514kB)
SOCI20059: East Asian Societies (TB1) Dr Junko Yamashita
Full unit description  SOCI20059: East Asian Societies - unit guide (PDF, 582kB)
SOCI20069: Principles of Quantitative Social Science (TB1) Dr Phil Sayer Full unit description SOCI20069: Prinicinples of Quantitative Social Science (PDF, 574kB)
SOCI20045: Class and Social Divisions (TB1) Dr Will Atkinson Full unit description SOCI20045: Class and Social Divisions - Unit Guide (PDF, 310kB)
SOCI20042: The Sociology of Gender (TB1) Dr Maud Perrier  Full unit description SOCI20042: The Sociology of Gender - unit guide (PDF, 344kB)
SOCI20064: Investigating the Social (TB2) Dr Saffron Karslen
Full unit description SOCI20064: Investigating the Social - unit guide (PDF, 642kB)
SOCI20070: Sociologies of Everyday Life (TB2) Ms Magda Mogilnicka Full unit description SOCI20070: Sociologies of Everyday Life - unit guide (PDF, 569kB)
SOCI20017: Ethnicity and Racism (TB2) Dr Therese O'Toole
Full unit description SOCI20017: Ethnicity and Racism - Unit Guide (PDF, 564kB)
SOCI20032: Goffman, the Self and Interaction (TB2) Dr Kieran Flanagan
Full unit description SOCI20032: Goffman, The Self and Interaction - Unit Guide (PDF, 441kB)
SOCI20087: Art and Society (TB2) Dr Lee Marshall Full unit description SOCI20087: Art and Society (PDF, 439kB)
SOCI20075: What is a Society? (TB2) Professor Thomas Osborne    
SOCI20035: Sociology of Health and Illness (TB1)  Dr Saffron Karslen Full unit description  
Third year politics units
NameDirectorDescriptionUnit Summary
POLI31555: Dissertation Dr Magnus Feldmann Full unit description POLI31555: Politics Dissertation - Unit Guide (Office document, 80kB)
POLI30027: Power, Politics and Food (TB1) Dr Hannah Parrott Full unit description  
POLI31336: The Contemporary British Parliament (TB1) Dr Dimitri Batrouni Full unit description POLI31336: Contemporary British Parliament - Unit Guide (PDF, 593kB)
POLI30023: Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy (TB1) Professor Yongjin Zhang
Full unit description POLI30023: Contemporary Chinese Foreign Policy (PDF, 704kB)
POLI30014: European Foreign Policy (TB2) Dr Ana E Juncos Garcia  Full unit description  
POLI30030: HIV/AIDS in Africa (TB1) Dr Jill Payne Full unit description POLI30030: HIV/AIDS in Africa - unit guide (PDF, 450kB)
POLI30026: The Politics of Human Rights (TB1) Dr Ashley Dodsworth
Full unit description POLI30026: The Politics of Human Rights - unit guide (PDF, 531kB)
POLI31381: The Politics of Post Apartheid South Africa (TB1) Dr Adrian Flint Full unit description POLI31381: Post-Apartheid South Africa - Unit Guide (PDF, 933kB)
POLI30024: The Politics of the Contemporary Labour Party (TB1) Professor Mark Wickham-Jones
Full unit description POLI30024: The Politics of the Contemporary Labour Party - unit guide (PDF, 657kB)
POLI31384: Critical Security Studies (TB1) Dr Columba Peoples Full unit description POLI31384: Critical Security Studies - Unit Guide (PDF, 748kB)
POLIM0021: Advanced Quantitive Methods for Social and Policy Reseach (TB1) Dr Mircea Popa Full unit description  
POLI31378: Popular Culture and World Politics (TB1) Professor Jutta Weldes
Full unit description POLI31378: Popular Culture and World Politics - Unit Guide (PDF, 556kB)
POLI31563: Politics of Contemporary India (TB1) Dr Andrew Wyatt Full unit description POLI31563: Politics of Contemporary India - Unit Guide (PDF, 489kB)
POLI31351: The Politics of Gender (TB1) Dr Charlotte Hooper Full unit description  
POLI31559: States and Markets (TB2) Dr Magnus Feldmann Full unit description POLI31559:States and Markets: Unit guide (PDF, 607kB)
POLI30001: Contemporary Feminist Thought (TB2) Professor Terrell Carver
Full unit description POLI30001: Contemporary Feminist Thought (PDF, 477kB)
POLI30016: The Holocaut, History and Legacy (TB2) Dr Torsten Michel
Full unit description  
POLI31557: Peacebuilding: Theory and Practice (TB2) Dr Ryerson Christie Full unit description POLI31557: Peacebuilding - Unit Guide (PDF, 474kB)
POLI30006: Political Violence (TB2) TBC Full unit description POLI30006: Political Violence (PDF, 697kB)
POLI30018: Secrecy, the State and me (TB2) Dr Elspeth Van Veeran Full unit description  
POLI31367: Post-Modern Political Theories (TB2) Professor Terrell Carver
Full unit description POLI31367: Post-Modern Political Theories (PDF, 556kB)
POLI30017: US Foreign Policy (TB2) Dr Ashley Dodsworth
Full unit description POLI30017: US Foreign Policy - unit guide (PDF, 465kB)
POLI30021: Feminisms, Gender and International Relations (TB2) Professor Jutta Weldes Full unit description POLI30021: Feminisms, Gender and International Relations (PDF, 742kB)
POLI30005: Justice Between Generations (TB2) Dr Tim Fowler Full unit description POLI30005: Justice Between Generations - Unit Guide (PDF, 573kB)
POLI30015: Europe in Crisis (TB2) Professor Michelle Cini Full unit description POLI30015: Europe in Crisis - unit guide (PDF, 485kB)
POLI30009: The Political Economy of China (TB1) Dr Winnie King Full unit description POLI30009: The Political Economy of China (PDF, 637kB)
POLI30019: Ethnic Politics (TB2) TBC Full unit description POLI30019: Ethnic Politics - unit guide (PDF, 435kB)
Third year sociology units
NameDirectorDescriptionUnit Summary
SOCI30050/30065: Dissertation Dr Jo Haynes
Full unit description SOCI30050/SOCI30065: Sociology Dissertation - Unit Guide (PDF, 590kB)

SOCI30097: Modern Slavery: Issues and Debates (TB1)

Professor Julia O'Connell Davidson

Nathaniel Coleman

 Full unit description SOCI30097: Modern Slavery: Issues and Debates - unit guide (PDF, 516kB)
SOCI30103: Consumption, Consumer Culture & Sustainability(TB1) Dr Jessica Paddock Full unit description
SOCI30074: Religion and Politics in the West (TB1) Professor Tariq Modood Full unit description SOCI30074: Religion and Politics in the South West (PDF, 530kB)
SOCI30098: Risk, Danger and Disaster (TB1) Dr John Downer Full unit description SOCI30098: Risk, Danger & Disaster - unit guide (PDF, 702kB)
SOCI30082: Nations and Nationalism (TB1) Dr Jon Fox Full unit description SOCI30082: Nations and Nationalism - Unit Guide (PDF, 586kB)
SOCI30091: Gender and Migration (TB1) Dr Katharine Charsley Full unit description SOCI30091: Gender & Migration - unit guide (PDF, 488kB)
SOCI30062: Perpectives on Power (TB2) Professor Thomas Osborne Full unit description SOCI30100: Social Networks - unit guide (PDF, 398kB)
SOCI30066: Emotions in Contemporary Society (TB2) Dr Maud Perrier 
Full unit description Unit guide to be added in January
SOCI30063: Cultural Representation (TB2) Dr Jo Haynes Full unit description SOCI30063: Cultural Representation - unit guide (PDF, 428kB)
SPAIM0039: Advanced Quantitive Research Project (TB2) TBC Full unit description Unit guide to be added in January
SOCI30078: Belief in Contemporary Society (TB2) Dr Dan Whillis Full unit description SOCI30078: Belief in Contemporary Society (PDF, 543kB)
SOCI30072: Public Opinion and Democracy (TB2) Paula Surridge Full unit description SOCI30072: Public Opinion and Democracy (PDF, 472kB)
SOCI30048: The Sociology of Popular Music (TB2)  Dr D-M Withers Full unit description SOCI30048: The Sociology of Popular Music - unit guide (PDF, 562kB)
SOCI30079: The Feminist Politics of Food (TB1) Dr Maud Perrier  Full unit description  SOCI30079: The Feminist Politics of Food - unit guide (PDF, 411kB)
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