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The below information will show you what is on offer within SPS in 2018-19 and will help you pre-select courses before returning to University in September. You will be automatically registered for any compulsory courses, including Fundamentals where applicable, but you will also need to select additional courses to ensure your total number of credits for the year is 120.   

All course information is kept as up to date as possible, but please be aware that this information is subject to change ahead of the start of teaching.

We will inform you of any changes as soon as possible. Please note that this page only contains information on SPS courses and there may be options available to you from other Schools.  To see your full list of options refer to the rules for your degree programme on DRPS

Students should double-check their timetable when the final timetabling information becomes available in July to ensure there are no clashes or issues.

Level 7/8 courses are for 1st/2nd year students and Level 10 courses are for 3rd/4th year students. Level 11 courses are for postgraduate students.  Courses in italics are not being delivered in 17-18

Politics and International Relations

Course code Course Name Lecture day and time Semester Academic year
PLIT10103 British Government  Thursday 13.10-16.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10080  Comparing Scottish Devolution Wednesday 10:00 - 13:00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10108 Critical Theory and Cinema Tuesday 16.10-17.00, Film Projection, Thursday 16.10-18.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10102 Emerging Powers Tuesday 12.00-15.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10054 Global Justice and Citizenship Tuesday 15.10-16.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10063 Human Rights in International Relations Tuesday 10.00-10.50 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10018 International Political Economy Monday 14.10-15.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10089 Political Islam  Thursday 10:00 - 11:00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10114 Populism: Pathology or Panacea? Monday 10.00-11.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10100 Public Policy: Agenda-Setting Friday 14.10-16.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10106 Research Design in Politics and International Relations Thursday 11.10-13.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10117  The Politics of the End of Empire Wednesday 09:00-11.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10088 Understanding Indian Politics Wednesday 11.00-12.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10021 War and Justice Tuesday 11.10-12.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10109 International Relations of the Asia Pacific Monday 15.00-17.00 Sem 1 18-19
PLIT10104 Contemporary Issues in Political Science - The Political Psychology of World Leaders Tuesday 13.00-15.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10118  Climate Justice Thursday 11:00- 13:00  Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10049 Environmental Politics in Europe Wednesday 09:00 - 10:00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10068 Europe and International Migration Tuesday 11.10-12.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10075 Global Politics Of Sex And Gender Tuesday 10.00-10.50 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10094 Global Security Tuesday 13.00-15.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10095 International Politics of Money Monday 11.10-12.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10091 Parliamentary Studies Friday 10.00-13.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10036 Politics of the Middle East Tuesday 16.10-17.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10098 Public participation in democracy and governance Friday 13.00-16.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10119  The Politics of the UK Constitution Wed 11.10-13.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10053 Theories of International Relations Thursday 11.10-12.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10084 US Foreign Policy  Thursday 10:00-10.50 Sem 2 18-19 
PLIT10110 What’s Wrong with Inequality? Friday 9.00-11.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10071 Zimbabwe: Politics of a Post-Colonial State Monday 14.00-16.00 Sem 2 18-19

Quantitative Methods

Course code Course Name Lecture day and time Semester Academic year
SSPS10028 Researching Contemporary Britain using Longitudinal Data Tuesday, Wednesday 9.00-11.00 and Thursday 14.00-17.00 Week 9-11  (Sem 1) 18-19
SSPS10027 Statistical Modelling Tuesday and  Wednesday 9.00-11.00  Weeks 1-8 (Sem 1) 18-19
SSPS10030 Using pre-existing data for your own research Friday 11.00-13.00 Sem 1 18-19
SSPS10029 Analysing Social Networks with Statistics Friday 9.00-10.50 Sem 2
SCPL10037 Applied Demographic Analysis

TBC

Sem 2 18-19
SSPS10024 Multi-Level Modelling in Social Science  Monday 14.00-16.00 Sem 2 18-19

Social Anthropology 

Course code Course Name Lecture day and time Semester Academic Year
SCAN10022 Anthropological Theory Tuesday 11.10-13.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCAN10077 Anthropology of Displacement and Migration Thursday 9.00-11.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCAN10062 Anthropology of Health and Healing

Monday 11:00-13:00

Sem 1 18-19
SCAN10030 Culture and Power Wednesday 11.10-13.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCAN10036 Dissertation (MA Social Anthropology) Na Sem 1 18-19
SCAN10037 Imagining Anthropological Research Monday 16.00- 18.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCAN10047 Indigenous Peoples of Lowland South America Monday 9.00-11.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCAN10008 Magic, Science and Healing Friday 13.00-15.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCAN10023 Ritual and Religion Thursday 11.10-13.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCAN10052 The Anthropology of Food Tuesday  9.00-11.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCAN10068 Anthropology of Sex and Reproduction Thursday 16.00-18.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10031 Consumption, Exchange, Technology Tuesday 11.10-13.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10070 Contagion Tuesday 9.00-11.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10080 Contemporary Issues in Social Anthropology  (Anthropology of the Body) Wednesdays 09.00 - 11.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10081 Demystifying Money  - course no longer being offered in 2018-19 Thursday 9.00-10.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10061 Fakes: The Anthropology of Counterfeit, Imitation & Disguise  Thursday 14.10-16.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10043 Happiness: Cross-Cultural Perspectives Friday 11:00-13:00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10021 Kinship: Structure and Process Wednesday 11.10-13.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10060 Pictures: The Anthropology of Images and Mediation Monday 14.00-16.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10044 Social Development Monday 16.10-18.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10071 South Asian Public Culture: Keywords  Friday 13.00-15.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10034 The Anthropology of Death Tuesday 14.00-16.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCAN10079 The Anthropology of Games and Play Friday 9.00-11.00 Sem  2 18-19

Social Policy 

Course code Course Name Lecture day and time Semester Academic Year
SCPL10005 Educational Politics and Policy Thursday 12.00-13.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCPL10034 Health Systems Analysis Monday 12:10-13:00 Sem 1 18-19
SCPL10035 Infectious Disease and Global Governance Thursday 14.00-15.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCPL10029 Population Health and Health Policy Thursday 9.00-11.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCPL10020 Social Inequality and the Life Course Monday 15:00-17:00 Sem 1 18-19
SCPL10024 Analytical Perspectives in Social Policy Wednesday and Friday  12.00-13.00 Sem 2 18-19
STIS10005 Armed Force and Society Friday 10.00-12.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCPL10010 Children’s Rights Tuesday 14.00-16.00 Sem 2 18-19
IPHP10002 Global Politics of Public Health Thursday 10.00-10.50 Sem 2 18-19
SCPL10030 Health Systems: Strengthening and Reform Tuesday 14:00 -15:30 Sem 2 18-19
IPHP11002 Social Determinants of Health and Public Policy Thursday 13.00-15.00 Sem 2 18-19
PLIT10093 Political Work Tuesday 14.10-16.00 Sem1 18-19

Sociology

Sociology students can also take any Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) honours option course and have it count as a ‘Sociology’ option course. Please see degree DRPS pages for full course options as well as the STIS section on this webpage. 

Course code Course Name Lecture day and time Semester Academic Year
SSPS10001 Contemporary Feminist Debates Tuesday 14.00-17.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCIL10080 Contemporary Issues in Sociology Monday 15.00- 17.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCIL10062 Designing and Doing Social Research Monday 14.00-15.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCIL10067 Globalization Friday 9.00-10.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCIL10065 Nations and Nationalism Tuesday 11.00-13.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCIL10064 Popular Music, Technology and Society Tuesday 9:00-11:00 Sem 1 18-19
SCIL10082 Responding to sustainability challenges: critical debates Thursday 09:00- 11:00 Sem 1 18-19
SCIL10018 Social Theory Monday 11.00-13.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCIL10072 Sociology of Emotions Thursday 11.00-13.00 Sem 1 18-19
SCIL10045 Sociology Project NA Sem 1 18-19
SCIL10076 China's Contemporary Transformations (Lecture and Seminar)  Friday 14.00-17.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10063 Doing Survey Research Monday 14.00-16.00  Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10086 Finance and Society 

Tuesday 11.00-12.00

Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10073 Gender, Marginality and Social Change Tuesday 9.00-11.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10023 Intimate Relationships Thursday 13.00-15.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10068 Migration: Social Origins and Social Consequences Friday 11.00-13.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10047 Social and Political Movements: Theory and Practice Thursday 11.00-13.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10054 Sociology of Intoxication Monday 09:00 -11:00 Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10024 Sociology of the Environment and Risk Monday 11.10-13.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10087

Topics in Social Theory

(please also click here for additional information on this course) 

Monday 16.00-18.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10037 The Project Presentation Wednesday 9.00-11.00 Sem 2 18-19
SCIL10081 The Social Life of Food Thursday 9.00-11.00

Sem 2

18-19

SCIL10085

The Sociology of Sex Work

Tuesday 14.00-17.00 Sem 2 18-19

The below year-long courses will also be available to take in 18-19.

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Full year

SCIL10088
Friday 16:00 - 18:00

Sociology Law Options

These courses are on offer from the School of Law.  This year Law will offer spaces on each of the courses. Students wishing to request places on courses must request this from the Law Undergraduate Office by emailing  law.ugo@ed.ac.uk .  Please note that the timetabling information below is provisional. 

Students will not be enrolled directly onto Law Honours courses without the permission of the Law UG Office.  As their allocations occur in July, we will be unable to confirm a place on the course until then. 

You can access the full course details for all the courses listed below from the Law DRPS pages.

Course Code

Course Name

Spaces

Period

Lecture Day and Time

LAWS10059

Gender and Justice

3

Full Year

Stream 1: Mondays 14.10 - 16.00,  Stream 2: Fridays 14.10 - 16.00

LAWS10057

Punishment and Society

5

Full year

Thursdays 14.10 - 16.00

LAWS10104

Criminology 1

5

Sem 1

Tuesdays 11.10 - 13.00

LAWS10148

Gender and Justice 1

5

Sem 1

Stream 1: Mondays 14.10 - 16.00, Stream 2: Fridays 14.10 - 16.00

This course is on offer from the School of Education and is available to Sociology students so long as there is space. Please note the below timetabling information is provisional. 

Course Code

Course Name

Period

Lecture Day and Time

SPRT10021

Sport, Media and Society

Sem 2

Tuesday 14.10-17.00

South Asian Studies 

Course code Course Name Lecture day and time Semester  Academic Year
SCIL10070 South Asia: Culture, Politics and the Economy Thursday 9.00-9.50 Sem1 18-19

Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS)

The Science, Technology and Innovation Studies courses are open to students on all degree programmes. To help you decide if a course would complement your degree, we have listed below what degree programmes each course best links to:

  • Energy Policy and Sustainability: Political Science, Sociology, Social Anthropology, Sustainable Development
  • Controversies in Medicine, Technology and the Environment: Political Science, Sociology, Sustainable Development
  • Armed Force and Society: Political Science
  • The Internet and Society: Political Science, Sociology
  • Medical Sociology: Sociology, Social Anthropology
  • Knowledge, Expertise and Policy: Politics, Sociology, Sustainable Development
Course code Course Name Lecture day and time Semester Academic year
STIS10010 Knowledge, Expertise and Policy Monday 11.10-13.00 Sem 1 18-19
STIS10013 Sociology of Medicine Friday 14.00-16.00 Sem 1 18-19
STIS10001 The Internet and Society Tuesday 16.10-18.00 Sem 1 18-19
STIS10009 Controversies in Medicine, Technology and the Environment Tuesday, 13:00-15:00 Sem 2 18-19
STIS10008 Energy Policy and Sustainability  Thursday 14:10-16:00 Sem 2 18-19
STIS10012 Gender and Environment Friday 11.10-13.00 Sem 2 18-19

Sustainable Development

For Junior Honours students:

Course Code

Course Name

Period

Lecture Day and Time

Academic year

SCIL10082

Responding to sustainability challenges: critical debates

Semester 1

Thursday 9.00-11.10

18-19

SSPS10014

Cases in Sustainable Development

Semester 2

Tuesdays 11.10 – 13.00

18-19

Junior Honours students please note: there are a series of dissertation workshops in Semester 1.  You do not need to register for these and will be sent more details via your student email account.

For Senior Honours students on the Sociology, Social Anthropology, Politics, and International Relations pathways, please select the following course:

Course Code

Course Name

Period

Lecture Day and Time

SSPS10015

Dissertation in Sustainable Development

Full Year

NA

Senior Honours students on the Geography pathway only should select the following course:

Course Code

Course Name

Period

Lecture Day and Time

GEGR10111

Geography Dissertation in Sustainable Development

Full Year

NA

Sustainable Development students should refer to their Programme Handbook which you can find here to see which/how many courses should be selected for their Pathway requirements. (Please also see information on the next page). In each pathway, in both Junior and Senior Honours, you will take 40 credits of courses in that pathway.

Junior Honours students:

Pathway

Required courses

Period

Lecture Day and Time             

Geography pathway

Take Quantitative Methods in Geography (10 credits) OR Qualitative Methods in Geography (10 credits)

Semester 1

Research Design in Geography (10 credits)

Semester 2

Geography Honours Option (20 credits)

Sociology pathway

Take 40 credits of Sociology courses; across years 3 and 4, you must take at least two of Social Theory, Designing and Doing Social Research, and Doing Survey Research. We recommend that you take these courses in Y3.

Politics Pathway

Research Design in Politics and IR (20 credits)

Semester 1

20 credits of Honours level Politics courses. 

International Relations pathway

Research Design in Politics and IR (20 credits)

Semester 1

20 credits of Honours level IR courses. 

Social Anthropology pathway

‘Imagining Anthropological Research’ (0 credits)

Semester 1

40 credits of Honours level Social Anthropology courses

Senior Honours students:

Pathway

Required courses

Period

Lecture Day and Time

Geography pathway

Either Geography Research Elective (20 credits) and Geography Honours Option (20 credits) OR Two Geography Honours Courses (40 credits) – one per semester

NA

NA

Sociology pathway

Take 40 credits of Honours level courses in Sociology; across years 3 and 4, you must take at least two of Social Theory, Designing and Doing Social Research, and Doing Survey Research

NA

NA

Politics Pathway

40 credits of Honours level Politics courses. 

International Relations pathway

40 credits of Honours level IR courses.

Social Anthropology pathway

40 credits from Social Anthropology honours-level courses

NA

NA

In addition to compulsory Pathway courses, the courses listed below are recommended courses for Sustainable Development Junior and Senior Honours students:

Course Code

Course Name

Period

Lecture Day and Time

STIS10010

Knowledge, Expertise and Policy

Semester 1

Monday 11.10-13.00

SCIL10067

Globalization

Semester 1

Friday 9.00-10.50

STIS10012 

Gender and the Environment

Semester 2

Friday 11.10-13.00

SCIL10081

The Social Life of Food

Semester 2

Thursday 9.00-10.50

SCIL10024

Sociology of the Environment and Risk

Semester 2

Monday 11.10-13.00

STIS10009

Controversies in Medicine, Technology, and the Environment

Semester 2

Tuesday 13.10-15.00

STIS10008

Energy Policy and Sustainability

Semester 2

Thursday 14.00-16.00

Junior and Senior Honours students please note: The above courses are suggested recommendations only and not compulsory.  There are a range of other courses from which you can choose listed in the Programme Handbook.

BMedSci

Please note that the below courses have limited spaces for students. 

Course code Course name Period            Lecture day and time Academic year
SCPL10034 Health systems analysis Semester  1 Monday 12.10-13.00 18-19
SCPL10029 Population health and health policy Semester  1 Thursday 9.00-11.00  18-19
SCPL10035 Infectious disease and global governance Semester  1 Thursday 14.00-15.00
SCPL10030 Health Systems: Strengthening and Reform Semester 2  Tuesday 14.00-15.30
IPHP10002 Global politics of public health Semester 2  Thursday 10.00-11.00 18-19
IPHP10001 Social determinants of health and public policy
 
Semester 2 Thursday 14.00-15.00 week 1 to 5  then  Thursday 13.00-15.00  for weeks 6 to 11.  18-19

Edinburgh Students