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Outline of Years 1 and 2

For full details of the requirements for each degree programme, please consult the Degree Regulations and Programmes of Study pages at:  http://www.drps.ed.ac.uk/16-17/dpt/drps_sps.htm

Students normally take 120 credits each year.

Year 1 and 2 required courses:

Politics

Year 1
  • Introduction to Politics and International Relations
  • Political Thinkers
Year 2
  • International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond
  • Comparative Politics in a Globalized World
  • Introduction to Political Data Analysis
  • Fundamentals 2: Politics and International Relations

International Relations

Year 1
  • Introduction to Politics and International Relations
  • International Law Ordinary (IR)
  • Political Thinkers
Year 2
  • International Cooperation in Europe and Beyond
  • Comparative Politics in a Globalized World
  • Introduction to Political Data Analysis
  • Fundamentals 2: Politics and International Relations

Social Anthropology

Year 1
  • Social Anthropology 1A
  • Social Anthropology 1B
  • Fundamentals: Studying Anthropology
  • Fundamentals: Reading and Writing Anthropology
Year 2
  • Social Anthropology 2
  • Ethnography: Theory and Practice
  • Fundamentals: Ethnographic Theory
  • Fundamentals: Anthropological Practice

Social Policy

Year 1
  • Social Policy and Society 1
  • Politics of the Welfare State 1
  • Fundamentals: Social Policy 1
Year 2
  • European Social Policy 2
  • Evidence, Politics and Policy
  • Fundamentals 2: Social Policy

Sociology

Year 1
  • Sociology 1A
  • Sociology 1B
  • Fundamentals: Developing Sociological Imagination
Year 2
  • Sociology 2a
  • Sociology 2b
  • Fundamentals 2: Sociology

Sustainable Development

Year 1
  • Sustainable Development 1a: Introducing Sustainable Development
  • Science and Society 1b: Nature and Environment
  • the Fundamental course(s) from your chosen pathway (Subject Area)
  • the Required courses from your chosen pathway
Year 2
  • Sustainable Development 2a: Perspectives on Sustainable Development
  • Sustainability, Society and Environment
  • the Fundamental course(s) from your chosen pathway (Subject Area)
  • the Required courses from your chosen pathway
  • Students doing joint degrees must fulfill the requirements in both their subjects.
  • Students studying for Sustainable Development will be asked to focus their studies by choosing two sets of courses, from two additional subject disciplines.
  • As a programme aiming toward a professional qualification, Social Work has a somewhat different curriculum.

Progression to honours

Students who pass all their courses (240 credits) and achieve a final mark of 50% or better in all their required second year courses, at the first sitting, are entitled to proceed to honours.

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