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Year 2 Course Listings

Below you can see what courses are on offer within SPS in 2018/19.  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 site 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 18-19

Courses

Courses are grouped by subject area and semester.  Please note the running times of the courses and ensure that any you choose do not clash with your compulsory courses.

Each subject area section will provide a link to the course list on Path and DRPS. You can use these to access the full details of each course, including the syllabus, any pre-requisites, reading lists, assessment information, etc. All courses in SPS are 20 credits.

Politics and International Relations

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester 

PLIT08004

Introduction to Politics and International Relations  

Not available to students not registered on a Politics or IR degree

Monday 15.10-16.00 Thursday 15.10 – 16.00

Sem 1

PLIT08012

Politics in a Changing World: An Introduction for Non-Specialists

For students not registered on a Politics or IR degree

Monday 13.00- 15.00 (lecture)

Friday 13.00-15.00 (Transatlantic Seminar)

Sem 1

PLIT08006

International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond

Monday 16.10 – 17.00 Thursday 16.10-17.00

Sem 1

SSPS08010

Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World: Key Concepts, Controversies and Challenges

Monday and Thursday 11.10-12.00

Sem 1

PLIT08015

British Politics: The Beginning of the End? 

Wednesday & Thursday 16:10-17.00

Sem 2

PLIT08008

Comparative Politics in a Globalized World

Monday 10.00- 10.50 Thursday 10.00-10.50

Sem 2

PLIT08009

Introduction to Political Data Analysis

Tuesday 9.00 – 10.50

Sem 2

PLIT08011 Political Thinkers

Monday and Thursday 15.10 – 16.00

 (Optional Weekly Session- Tuesday 15.00-16.00) 

Sem 2

The below courses are taken only by Students taking a degree in Politics and International Relations

PLIT08010

Fundamentals 2: Politics & International Relations

This course is for students in the second year of their degree.

Thursday 15:00- 16:00

Sem 1


Sociology

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester

SCIL08004

Sociology 1A: The Sociological Imagination: Individuals and Society

Tuesday and Friday 14.10-15.00

Sem 1

SCIL08012

Sociology 2A: Thinking Sociologically

Monday and Thursday  14.10-15.00 

Sem1

SCIL08005

Sociology 1B: The Sociological Imagination: Private Troubles, Public Problems

Tuesday and Friday 14.10-15.00

Sem 2

SCIL08013

Sociology 2B: Researching Social Life

Monday Thursday  14.10-15.00 

Sem  2

SCIL08011

Fundamentals 2: Sociology

This  course is taken only by Students taking a degree in Sociology

Tuesday 9 :00- 10:00 Full year

Social Anthropology

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester

SCAN08010 Empires Monday and Tuesday  13.10-14.00 Sem 1

SCAN08013

Social Anthropology 1A: The Life Course

Thursday and Friday 11.00-12.00

Sem 1

SCAN08011

Social Anthropology 2: Key Concepts

Monday  and Thursday 15.10 – 16.00 

Sem 1

SCAN08007

Fundamentals: Studying Anthropology

This  course is taken only by Students taking a degree in Social Anthropology and are a compulsory part of the Social Anthropology degree

Thursday 13.10-14.00

Sem 1

SCAN08008

Fundamentals: Ethnographic Theory

This  course is taken only by Students taking a degree in Social Anthropology and are a compulsory part of the Social Anthropology degree

Tuesday 17.00-18.00

Sem 1

SCAN08012

Social Anthropology 1B: Anthropology Matters

Thursday and Friday 11.00-12.00 

Sem 2

SCAN08005

Ethnography: Theory and Practice

Tuesday 15.10 – 16.00

Sem 2

SCAN08006

Fundamentals: Anthropological Practice

Friday  12:00- 13:00

Sem 2

SCAN08009

Fundamentals: Reading and Writing Anthropology

Tuesday 17.00-18.00

Sem 2

Social Work

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester

SCWR08003

Social Work: Making a Difference

Tuesday and Thursday 11.10-12.00

Sem 1

SCWR08004

Social Work: Policy and Legal Frameworks

Tuesday and Thursday 10.00- 10.50

Sem 1

TBC Creative Social Work and the Arts  Monday 11:00 - 12:00 Sem 2

SCWR08005

From Research into Practice: Landmarks in Social Work Research in Social Work Research

Tuesday and Thursday 11.10 -12.00

Sem 2

SCWR08007

Working and Relating: Developing Your People Skills

Wednesday 10.00-10.50

Sem 2

Social Policy

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester 

SCPL08006

European Social Policy

Tuesday and Thursday  12.10-13.00

Sem 1

SCPL08011

Rethinking the Financial Crisis

Monday and Friday 13.00-14:00

Sem 1
SCPL08004 Social Policy and Society Monday  and Wednesday 12.10-13.00 Sem 1
SCPL08012 Understanding Public Policy Monday and Wednesday 10.00-10.50 Sem 1

SCPL08010

Evidence, Politics, and Policy

Tuesday and Thursday  12.10-13.00

Sem 2
SCPL08005 Politics of the Welfare State Monday and Wednesday  12.10-13.00 Sem 2
SCPL08007

Fundamentals:  Social Policy 1

This course is taken only by Students taking a degree in Social Policy.
Monday 11.00-12.00 Full Year
SCPL08008

Fundamentals 2: Social Policy

This  course is taken only by Students taking a degree in Social Policy
Thursday 11.00-12.00 Full Year

Quantitative Methods

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester

SSPS08009

Mathematics for Social Science

Tuesday 10.00-12.00 and Wednesday 11.00-12.00

Sem 1

SSPS08007

Doing Social Research with Statistics

Tuesday 13.00-15.00 (Lectures)  and Wednesday 09.00-11.00 (Tutorial)

Sem 2

SSPS08008

Introduction to Statistics for Social Science

Thursday 9.00-12.00

Sem 2

Other School Courses

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester

SSPS08010

Understanding Gender in the Contemporary World: Key Concepts, Controversies and Challenges

Monday and Thursday 11.10-12.00

Sem 1

SCIL07001

Statistical Literacy

Tuesday and Thursday 13.10-14.00

Sem 1

Sustainable Development

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester

SCIL08008

Sustainable Development 1A: Introducing Sustainable Development

Tuesday  and Thursday 9.00 -9.50

Sem 1

AFRI08001

International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism

Tuesday  and Wednesday  11.10-12.00

Sem 1

SCIL08009

Sustainable Development 2A: Perspectives on Sustainable Development

Wednesday and Friday 10.00-10.50

Sem 2

STIS08007 

Science, Nature and Environment ( previously called Science and Society 1B: Nature and Environment

Tuesday and Friday 9.00-9.50  

Sem 2

Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS)

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester

STIS08001

History of Medicine 1

Monday, Tuesday Thursday 17.00 – 18.00

Sem 1

STIS08006 Data, Design and the City Wednesday and Friday 9.00-11.00 Sem 2

STIS08005

History of Science 1

Monday, Tuesday  and Thursday 17.00-18.00

Sem 2

STIS08007 

Science, Nature and Environment ( previously called Science and Society 1B: Nature and Environment

Tuesday and Friday 9.00-9.50

Sem 2

STIS08002

Technology in Society

Monday and Tuesday 12.10-13.00

Sem 2

South Asian Studies

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester

SAST08003

South Asia in the World

Monday and Wednesday 10.00-10.50

Sem 2

African Studies

Course Code

Course Name

Lecture Day and Time

Semester

AFRI08001

International Development, Aid and Humanitarianism

Tuesday and Wednesday 11.10-12.00

Sem 1

AFRI08008

Africa in the Contemporary World

Tuesday and Wednesday 11.10-12.00

Sem 2

Edinburgh Students