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Geography and Sociology

University of Aberdeen

  • September, 2020 Start Date

  • 4 years Duration

  • Full Time Study Mode

  • £9250.00 Course Fee

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Course Description

Geography is the study of the Earth's surface, with particular emphasis on the relationships between people and their environment. Few other subjects cover such a diversity of phenomena, combining elements of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities.

Sociology is the study of modern societies and how they have evolved through time. At Aberdeen, you will gain a deep understanding of how society influences people. Throughout the programme, you will explore a range of different themes, including crime, religion, family and the state. The social awareness and analysis skills that you develop will help you prepare for a variety of interesting careers.

Geography is the study of the Earth's surface, with particular emphasis on the relationships between people and their environment. Few other subjects cover such a diversity of phenomena, combining elements of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. Sociology is the study of modern societies and how they have evolved through time. At Aberdeen, you will gain a...

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Course Content

  • Year 1

Compulsory Courses

Academic Writing for Social Sciences (AW1006)

Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001)

Global Worlds, Global Challenges (GG1008) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Sociology II: Systems of Power (SO1509) - 15 Credit Points

Global Worlds, Local Challenges (GG1510) - 15 Credit Points

Introduction to Sociology I: Self, Identity & Society (SO1007) - 15 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select a further 60 credit points from courses of choice.

  • Year 2

Compulsory Courses

Space, Economy and Society (GG2014) - 15 Credit Points

Sociology of Everyday Life i: the Embodied Self (SO2006) - 30 Credit Points

Skills and Techniques in Geosciences (GG2508) - 15 Credit Points

Sociology of Everyday Life II: Global Issues in the 21st Century (SO2509) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select two of the following:

  • Physical Environments (GG2013)
  • Environment and Society (GG2509)
  • Mapping and Monitoring the Environment (GG2510)

Physical Environments (GG2013) - 15 Credit Points

Environment and Society (GG2509) - 15 Credit Points

Mapping and Monitoring the Environment (GG2510) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 3

Compulsory Courses

Approaches to Geography (GG3071) - 15 Credit Points

Social Research Methods (SO3524) - 30 Credit Points

Optional Courses

Select one of the following:

  • Religion and Society (SO3067)
  • Thinking Sociologically (SO3066)

Plus further credit points from level 3 or 4 courses in Geography to gain a total of 60 credits in the discipline.

NOTE: If you intend to take your dissertation in Geography you must take GG3574 Research Design in programme year 3.

Religion and Society (SO3067) - 30 Credit Points

Thinking Sociologically (SO3066) - 30 Credit Points

Research Design (GG3574) - 15 Credit Points

  • Year 4

Optional Courses

Select one of the following dissertation options:

  • Research Project (Sociology) (SO4049) AND Geographical Issues (GG4537)
  • Geography Dissertation (GG4023)

Plus select further credit points from level 3 or 4 course(s) in Geography, and level 4 course(s) in Sociology to gain a total of 60 credits in each discipline.

NOTE: If you choose to take GG 4023 Geography Dissertation, you are not required to take GG 4537 Geographical Issues but may take both courses if you wish.

NOTE: You are required to gain a minimum of 90 credit points from level 4 courses.

Research Project (SO4049) - 30 Credit Points

Geographical Issues (GG4537) - 30 Credit Points

Geography Dissertation (GG4023) - 30 Credit Points

Year 1 Compulsory Courses Academic Writing for Social Sciences (AW1006) Professional Skills Part 1 (PD1001) Global Worlds, Global Challenges (GG1008) - 15 Credit Points Introduction to Sociology II: Systems of Power (SO1509) - 15 Credit Points Global Worlds, Local Challenges...

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Available Dates

Location Start Date Price  

Classroom

King's College Aberdeen

Full Time, 4 years

September, 2020

£9250.00

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Entry Requirements

SQA Highers

Standard: AABB

Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required.

Minimum: BBB

Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will normally be required.

Adjusted: BB

Applicants who have achieved BB, and who meet one of the widening participation criteria are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/Advanced Highers will be required.

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

A LEVELS

Standard: BBB

Minimum: BBC

Adjusted: CCC

More information on our definition of Standard, Minimum and Adjusted entry qualifications.

International Baccalaureate

32 points, including 5, 5, 5 at HL.

Irish Leaving Certificate

5H with 3 at H2 AND 2 at H3 OR AAABB, obtained in a single sitting. (B must be at B2 or above).

Entry from College

Advanced entry to this degree may be possible from some HNC/HND qualifications, please see www.abdn.ac.uk/study/articulation for more details.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 54 with: Listening - 51; Reading - 51; Speaking - 51; Writing - 54

Cambridge English Advanced & Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

SQA Highers Standard: AABB Applicants who have achieved AABB (or better), are encouraged to apply and will be considered. Good performance in additional Highers/ Advanced Highers may be required. Minimum: BBB Applicants who have achieved BBB (or are on course to achieve this by the end of S5) are...

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Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods: coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course; practical assessments of the skills and competencies learnt on the course; and written examinations at the end of each course. The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, year of...

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Student Satisfaction

Source: NSS

Overall student satisfaction
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
79%
of students were satisfied overall
SOCIOLOGY
72%
of students were satisfied overall
The teaching on my course
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
95% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
90% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
81% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
75% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
SOCIOLOGY
83% of students strongly agree that staff are good explaining things
77% of students strongly agree that staff have made the subject interesting
80% of students strongly agree that the course is intellectually stimulating
59% of students strongly agree that the course has challenged them to achieve their best work
Learning opportunities
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
76% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
76% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
67% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
SOCIOLOGY
85% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to explore ideas or concepts in depth
89% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to bring information and ideas together from different topics
56% of students strongly agree that the course has provided them with opportunities to apply what they have learnt
Assessment and feedback
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
76% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
86% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
60% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
84% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
SOCIOLOGY
79% of students strongly agree that the criteria used in marking have been clear in advance
77% of students strongly agree that the marking and assessment has been fair
47% of students strongly agree that the teedback on their work has been timely
77% of students strongly agree that they have received helpful comments on my work
Academic support
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
88% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
83% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
72% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
SOCIOLOGY
100% of students strongly agree that they have been able to contact staff when they needed to
74% of students strongly agree that they have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to their course
53% of students strongly agree that good advice was available when they needed to make study choices on their course
Organisation and management
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
76% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
86% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
90% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
SOCIOLOGY
60% of students strongly agree that the course is well organised and running smoothly
85% of students strongly agree that the timetable works efficiently for them
83% of students strongly agree that any changes in the course or teaching have been communicated effectively
Learning resources
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
84% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
88% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
88% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
SOCIOLOGY
81% of students strongly agree that the IT resources and facilities provided have supported their learning well
98% of students strongly agree that the library resources (e.g. books, online services and learning spaces) have supported their learning well
86% of students strongly agree that they have been able to 3ess course-specific resources (e.g. equipment, facilities, software, collections) when they needed to
Learning community
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
63% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
71% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
SOCIOLOGY
59% of students strongly agree that they feel part of a community of staff and students
83% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of their course
Student voice
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
84% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
86% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
67% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
52% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests
SOCIOLOGY
82% of students strongly agree that they have had the right opportunities to provide feedback on their course
72% of students strongly agree that staff value students’ views and opinions about the course
41% of students strongly agree that it is clear how students’ feedback on the course has been acted on
26% of students strongly agree that the students’ union (association or guild) effectively represents students’ academic interests

University TEF Outcome

Did not participate.

Statistics for Human Geography

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points112

  • Employment Rate90%

  • Average Graduate Salary£20000

Statistics for Sociology

Source: hesa.ac.uk

  • UCAS Points112

  • Employment Rate90%

  • Average Graduate Salary£19000

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