Politics, Sociology and East European Studies BA Handbook
The programme requires you to take the equivalent of 360 credits over three years, 120 in each year. You will also write a dissertation based on your own research related to a topic in Politics or Sociology linked to the region.
The basic principle of the BA Politics and Sociology degree is progression from one year to the next along defined disciplinary pathways. Knowledge and skills learned in one year provide building blocks for more advanced study in each subsequent year.
Please note students can only register for 120 credits in total per year of study and optional modules are subject to change.
- Year One
You must select 120 modules in total.
Compulsory Modules (60 credits):
- SESS0016 - Understanding Politics I: The Big Questions in Contemporary Europe (15 credits, Term 1)
- SESS0017- Understanding Politics II: How Politics Works (15 credits, Term 2)
- SESS0013 - Understanding Society: Introduction to Social Theory (15 credits, Term 1)
- SESS0014 - Understanding Society: Introduction to Political Sociology (15 credits Term 2)
Optional Modules: select at least one of the two modules below;
- SESS0018 - Communist Societies 1945-1989 (15 credits, Term 2)
- SESS0015 - Communism in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe (15 credits, Term 1)
Plus course options to a value of maximum 45 course units:
Please note that other Politics and Sociology Modules include:
- SESS0082 - Introduction to International Relations: Concepts and Ideas (I) (15 credits, Term 1)
- SESS0083 - Introduction to International Relations: Themes and issues (II) (15 credits, Term 2)
Or any of the module options listed for SSEES in the Language and Culture or the Economics & Business Area. You may also select language modules from other departments.
- Year Two
In your second year, you must choose a total of 120 credits.
Compulsory core courses (30 credits):
- SESS0033 - Comparative Political Analysis (15 credits, Term 1) Note: this course is non-condonable
- SESS0034 - Researching Politics and Society (15 credits, Term 2)
Plus at least two compulsory courses chosen from the following (30 credits in total):
- SESS0029 - Politics and Society in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits, Term 1)
- SESS0035 – Post - Soviet Politics and Society (15 credits, Term 1)
- SESS0030 - Russian Politics and Society (15 credits, Term 1)
- SESS0062 - Politics and Societies of Southeast Europe (15 credits, Term 2)
- SESS0061 - Democracy and Democratisation (15 credits, term TBC)
Other options available:
- BASC0011 - Migration and Health (15 credits, Term will be allocated by BASC).
- SESS0027 - The History of European Political Ideas (30 credits)
- SESS0004 -The Making of the Modern Ukraine
- SESS0031 - Concepts of Security
- SESS0074 - Undermining Democracy: Political Manipulation in Comparative Perspective
- ANTH0056 - Anthropological Approaches to Eurasian Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies (15 credits)
All students can take up to 30 credits of electives from SSEES options, including a language, or from an another UCL department. (For non-SSEES modules you may take 30 credits in total over Years 2 and 3)
- Year Abroad
- Year Three (Year Four for those on the year abroad programme)
Students must take three course units at advanced level (L6) in their second and third years combined in order to be awarded an honours degree. Students cannot take any introductory courses in their final year of study (L4). Students can only take 15 cu of language at intermediate or advanced level.
Compulsory ModuleDissertation (in one chosen discipline which has been studied in Year 2) (30 credits). Non Condoneable.
Minimum of 30 cu and maximum of 90 cu from the following group:
- SESS0046 - European Security (30 credits) (Prerequisite: Introduction to International Relations)
- SESS0044 - Soviet and Russian Foreign Policy (30 credits)
- SESS0048 - Poland in the UK (15 credits, Term 1) - 20/22 - Not running 20/21
- SESS0051 - Social Change in Central and Eastern Europe (15 credits, Term 1) Pre-requisite: Introduction to Political Sociology Not running 20/21
- SESS0052 - Parties and Elections in Global Perspective (15 credits, Term 2) Pre-requisite: Comparative Political Analysis
- SESS0006 - Understanding and Analysing Data (30 credits, Term 1) Pre-requisite: Researching Politics and Society or Comparative Political Analysis
- SESS0050 - The Crisis of 1989 and the New Global Revolution (30 credits)
- SESS0081 - International and Regional Politics of Eurasia (15 credits, Term 2)
- SESS0005 - Baltic Politics and Society (15 credits,Term 2)
- SESS0002 - Governance and Corruption (30 credits)
- SESS0076- The International Politics of Sexuality (15 credits, Term 1)
- SESS0085 - Migration and Society – Eastern Europe and Beyond (15 Credits, Term 2)
- SESS0090 - Soviet and Russian strategy in the Middle East (15 credits, Term 2)
- SEES0090 - Cities In Eastern Europe (15 credits, Term 1)
- ANTH0056 - Anthropological Approaches to Eurasian Socialist and Post-Socialist Societies (15 credits, Term 1)
You then may take up to 30 credits of electives, from SSEES options, including a language, or from another UCL department. Please note that for non-SSEES or floating modules this is a total of 30 credits over Years 2 and 3. This excludes languages.