The sector that this course is aimed at is changing, and becoming much more litigious, for example NHS medical and social services have invested heavily in legal expertise buy in and legal training, including medical records witness training, with negligence cases growing rapidly. Legal knowledge and awareness is at the heart of decision-making.
This programme focuses on the development of enhanced transferrable skills and employability-focused opportunities for students, while ensuring the emergence of sound social scientific understanding of the nature of social and economic change from a socio legal perspective.
This joint programme is excellent preparation for a wide variety of occupations and sectors, including commercial businesses, charities, government and nongovernment agencies, healthcare, community support organisations, police and other criminal law agencies and departments, including probation.
Skills for a competitive job market
The nature of the programme will provide students with an interest in a career in law/sociology and/or wanting to apply their knowledge in another area of business or service provision, to develop a depth of legal and sociological understanding in areas such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, labour, social class that impact on work and how organisations operate.
By combining law and sociology, you can study our innovative sociology modules, for example, disability in the criminal justice system, as well as gain an understanding of the work environment, including volunteering. It will also provide an opportunity for filtering legal knowledge and legal skills gained via the study of real-world scenarios, including opportunities to volunteer in the citizens advice bureau and other legal advice and healthcare service providers, court services provision and probation.
This will help you develop the multidisciplinary skills, knowledge and experience that makes you versatile and relevant for the competitive job market.
Experienced and supportive course team
Our team of tutors includes qualified lawyers and social scientists, combining backgrounds as academics and as practitioners, so they add depth and breadth to your experience of law and sociology.
With smaller, more intimate class sizes, our staff are committed to nurturing your development, helping you graduate with the skills and capabilities for a successful and fulfilling career.
Who is it for?
The combined programme would be of interest to students who do not wish to qualify as lawyers or barristers, and who may already be working or interested in a career in the relevant sectors, as well as enhancing postgraduate and employability opportunities as a result of undertaking this combined course of study.
This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree. You may also be interested in our three year Law and Sociology.
More placements, more choices
Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.
We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.
Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.
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The Law Chambers student magazine describes the Thames Valley as a ‘dynamic growth economy in need’ of lawyers. Employability is at the core of this new degree programme and central to the curriculum is the development of professional skills. This will start from year one with an academic and employability skills programme. This will be embedded into our year one core teaching, and will focus on legal, academic and research skills. Key employability ‘soft’ skills will also be covered, including self-reflection, teamwork, and emotional intelligence which are often ranked at the top of the employers’ hierarchy of required skills.
This combined degree in law and sociology will offer a professional, socio-legal perspective, giving you the opportunity to view legal institutions and legal processes as an integral part of society.
The programme of study will allow those students with a keen interest in law, or the pursuit of a career in law, to view the law in a socio-legal context, and provide sociologists with an understanding, and application, of law and legal techniques, within their chosen area of work.
Particular to sociology is a high level of communication skills, including media communication and management. These will be continued and developed in year two, including legal debating skills, interviewing and mediation skills, as well as giving evidence in court.
This programme will also help you develop key skills required to carry out legal and sociological research as well as prepare and deliver presentations and undertake legal and policy debates.
The distinctive features of this programme will give you the opportunity to identify an area of study that suits your graduate ambitions and explore this topic in partnership with relevant organisations, in a way that emphasises solutions to real life social problems which interface with the legal systems.
What are the course entry requirements?
Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for the 3-year undergraduate programme, or those who do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, will be considered for the 4-year programme including a Foundation Year. If you wish to enquire further, please send your query along with any academic evidence or references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.
Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.
The modules available on this course are as follows:
Foundation Year Modules
- Ways of Knowing about the Social World
- Preparing for Success, Knowledge and Creativity
- Preparing for Success: Self Development and Responsibility
- Inquiry Based Learning
Year 1 Modules
- Making Sense of Society: Understanding the Social World
- Policy and Society
- Making Sense of Society: The Sociological Imagination
- Policy in Context
- Criminal Law
- English Legal Systems
- EU Constitutional and Procedural Law
Year 2 Modules
- EU Internal Market Law
- Quantitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
- Gender, Sexuality and Society
- Law of Tort
- Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity (optional)
- Issues in Criminology (optional)
- Citizenship, Welfare and Society (optional)
- Ethical Issues in Health and Social Science (optional)
- Professional Skills 3 (optional)
- Criminal Justice (optional)
- Media Law 1 (optional)
- Employment Law (optional)
- Family Law (optional)
- Employment and Volunteering (optional)
- Qualitative Research Methods for Social Scientists
Year 3 Modules
- Law of Evidence
- Children and Law
- Globalization and Social Change
- Disability, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System (optional)
- Aging through the life-course (optional)
- Global Health and Society (optional)
- Media Law 2 (optional)
- Environmental Law (optional)
- Victimology (optional)
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £9,250 per year
Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,500 per year
Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.
You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks