School of Social and Political Science

Honours courses

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Courses are sorted by subject area. The course name will be hyperlinked and take you to the course description page on our course catalogue. 

This page will not show the details of all the courses available to you, so please ensure you review DRPS to see your full options.

The planned course delivery and timetabling details for semester 1 courses will also be provided. Semester 2 details will be provided at a later date. All information is subject to change.  

Course delivery methods

The different methods of course delivery are as follows: 

On campus/ in-person

The lecture/tutorial/seminar will take place in a University building, with the relevant teaching staff in attendance in person.  Details of the physical location are included in your personal timetable.  

Seminar (or lecture/tutorial) – online live

The teaching activity will be conducted digitally online at the scheduled time via the digital platform chosen by the teaching team (e.g. Collaborate).  You are expected to participate in this session at the scheduled time. 

Lecture – online pre-recorded

Lectures with this label are pre-recorded and released at the scheduled time in LEARN. Once they have been released, you can view the recordings in your own time. 

Self-study placeholder online

This is a digital online teaching activity that doesn’t take place at a scheduled time (known as ‘asynchronous’ in University jargon).  You can access and contribute to the activity in your own time.

 

Honours course listings by subject area

Politics and International Relations

Please note that  students who are not on a single or joint degree with Politics and International Relations are unlikely to be able to get a space on these courses, however, are welcome to join our waiting list. Which you can access at https://www.sps.ed.ac.uk/students/undergraduate/current/choosing-your-courses 

Students on degrees with PIR, we have created a document to indicate how popular we anticipate courses to be. Please see our Course Popularity withing Honours Politics and International Relations document. 

 

Code Course Name Period Delivery detail
PLIT10057 Dissertation (MA International Relations) (4th years only) Full Year  
PLIT10030 Dissertation (MA Politics)  (4th years only)  Full Year  
PLIT10153 Bargaining and Negotiation in International Relations Sem1 Lecture: Monday 15:10-16:00 In-person

Workshop: Online (live delivery)
PLIT10103 British Government Sem1 Seminars, Thursday 13:10-16:00 In-person
PLIT10104 Contemporary Issues in Political Science Sem1 Lecture: Thursday 09:00-09:50 Online (live delivery)

Seminars, In-person
PLIT10048 Contemporary Russian Politics Sem1

Lecture: Monday 10:00-10:50 In-person (whole class)

Tutorial: In-person

PLIT10096 Democracy and its Discontents Sem1 Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorial: In-person
PLIT10068 Europe and International Migration Sem1 Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorial: In-person
PLIT10154 Foundations in Global Security Sem1 Lecture: Online Prerecorded

Practical, Tuesday 15:10-16:00 in-person
PLIT10054 Global Justice and Citizenship Sem1 Lecture: Online Prerecorded

Tutorial: In-person
PLIT10018 International Political Economy Sem1

Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorial: In-person

PLIT10121 Political Economy of Latin America Sem1 Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorial: In-person
PLIT10123 Politics of Oil Sem1

Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorial: In-person

PLIT10100 Public Policy: Agenda-Setting Sem1 Seminars, Friday 14:10-16:00,  In-person
PLIT10106 Research Design in Politics and International Relations Sem1

Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorial: In-person

PLIT10133 Technology, Politics and Government Sem1

Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorial: In-person

PLIT10147 Terrorism and Counterterrorism Sem1

Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorial: In-person

PLIT10141 The Political Psychology of World Leaders Sem1

Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Seminars: TBC

PLIT10117 The Politics of the End of Empire Sem1 Seminars: TBC
PLIT10119 The Politics of the UK Constitution Sem1 Seminars TBC
PLIT10053 Theories of International Relations Sem1

Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorials:Online live (synchronous delivery)

PLIT10151 Advanced Topics in Global Security Sem2  
PLIT10003 Africa in World Politics Sem2  
PLIT10134 Comparative Politics of Secession Sem2  
PLIT10107 Contemporary Issues in Political Theory Sem2  
PLIT10059 Core Texts in Political Theory Sem2  
PLIT10139 Democracy and contemporary capitalism Sem2  
PLIT10136 Environmental Politics Sem2  
PLIT10146 Europe in the World Sem2  
PLIT10130 Gender, Peace and Security Sem2  
PLIT10095 International Politics of Money Sem2  
PLIT10109 International Relations of the Asia Pacific Sem2  

PLIT10125

Law, Violence, and Humanity

Sem2  
PLIT10101 Neuropolitics Sem2  
PLIT10091 Parliamentary Studies Sem2  
PLIT10150 Politics and Public Policy Sem2  
PLIT10036 Politics of the Middle East Sem2  
PLIT10114 Populism: Pathology or Panacea? Sem2  
PLIT10098 Public participation in democracy and governance Sem2  
PLIT10128 Social Movements and Collective Action in the Middle East Sem2  
PLIT10120 Strategic Studies and its Critics Sem2  
PLIT10117 The Politics of the End of Empire Sem2  
PLIT10088 Understanding Indian Politics Sem2  
PLIT10021 War and Justice Sem2  
PLIT10110 What's Wrong with Inequality? Sem2  
RTC- Courses with Quantitative Methods
Code Course Name Period Delivery detail
PLIT10153 Bargaining and Negotiation in International Relations Sem1 Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Workshop: Online (live delivery)
SSPS10027 Statistical Modelling Sem1

Practicals: Tuesday & Wednesday 09:00- 10:50
Online live (synchronous delivery)

 

SSPS10016 Bayesian Statistics for Social Scientists Sem2  
SSPS10024 Multi-Level Modelling in Social Science Sem2  
SSPS10028 Researching Contemporary Britain using Longitudinal Data Sem2  
South Asian Studies
Code Course Name Period Delivery detail
SAST10001 South Asia: Culture, Politics and the Economy Sem1 Lecture Thursday 09:00-09:50. On-campus 
Tutorials: On-campus

 

Science, Technology and Innovation Studies

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

Sociology of Medicine

  • Sociology
  • Social Anthropology

The Internet and Society

  • Political Science
  • Sociology
Code Course name Period Delivery detail 
STIS10013 Sociology of Medicine Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorials: on-campus

STIS10001 The Internet and Society Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Seminars On-campus

STIS10008 Energy Policy and Sustainability Sem2  
Social Anthropology
Code Course Name Period Delivery detail 
SCAN10083 Anthropology and Sociology of Medicine Dissertation  (4th years only) Full Year

Lectures: weeks 2, 5 and 7, Tuesday 14:10-16:00, On-campus 

SCAN10088

Anthropology and Africa 

Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorials: Online live (synchronous delivery)

SCAN10022 Anthropological Theory Sem1

Lecture: online (pre-recorded)

Tutorials: On-campus

SCAN10087 Anthropology of East Asia Sem1

Lecture Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorials: on-campus

SCAN10062 Anthropology of Health and Healing Sem1  
SCAN10030 Culture and Power Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorials: On-campus

SCAN10036 Dissertation (MA Social Anthropology)  (4th years only) Sem1 in week 1 there will be online live seminars on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday ,11:10-12:30
SCAN10037 Imagining Anthropological Research Sem1

Lecture,  weeks 2, 5 and 11, Monday 14:10-16:00 or Monday 16:10-18:00, On-campus. Students will be allocated to a lecture slot by the start of week 1

Tutorials: On-campus

SCAN10023 Ritual and Religion Sem1

Lectures: Tuesday 11:10-13:00 Online live (synchronous delivery) 

Tutorials: on-campus

SCAN10078 The Anthropology of Energy in the Global South Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Seminar: on-campus

SCAN10082 Understanding Medicine: Social Science Perspectives Sem1 Seminar Wednesday 09:00-10:50, in-person
SCAN10064 Anthropology of Christianity Sem2  
SCAN10085 Anthropology of Health and Migration Sem2  
SCAN10031 Consumption, Exchange, Technology Sem2  
SCAN10070 Contagion Sem2  
SCAN10043 Happiness: Cross-Cultural Perspectives Sem2  
SCAN10021 Kinship: Structure and Process Sem2  
SCAN10044 Social Development Sem2  
SCAN10010 The Invention of History Sem2  

 

Social Policy
Code Course Name Period Delivery details
SCPL10012 Dissertation (MA Social Policy)  (4th years only) Full Year  
IPHP10004 International Public Health Policy Project Full Year  
SCIL10062 Designing and Doing Social Research Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorials: on-campus

SCPL10005 Educational Politics and Policy Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Seminar: on-campus

SCPL10034 Health Systems Analysis Sem1 Seminar: on-campus
SCPL10038 Political Economy of Work and Welfare Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorial: on-campus

PLIT10093 Political Work Sem1 Seminar Monday 13:10-15:00 or 15:10-17:00,In-persion
SCPL10029 Population Health and Health Policy Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Seminar: on-campus

SCPL10040 Qualitative Research: Principles and Practicalities for Social Policy Sem1

Lecture Tuesday    16:10    17:00, on-campus

Labs Online live (synchronous delivery)

SCPL10024 Analytical Perspectives in Social Policy Sem2  
SCIL10063 Doing Survey Research Sem2  
IPHP10002 Global Politics of Public Health Sem2  
SCPL10030 Health Systems: Strengthening and Reform Sem2  
SCPL10041 Party Politics and Welfare States in Democratic Capitalism Sem2  
IPHP10001 Social Determinants of Health and Public Policy Sem2  
SCPL10020 Social Inequality and the Life Course Sem2  
SCPL10023 Governing The Social Sem2  

 

Sociology
Code Course Name Period Delivery detail
SCIL10091 Sociology Project Preparation Course Full Year Lectures: Online live (synchronous delivery)
SSPS10001 Contemporary Feminist Debates Sem1

Lecture: Tuesday 14:10-15:00 Online live (synchronous delivery)

Seminars: Online live (synchronous delivery)

SCIL10062 Designing and Doing Social Research Sem1

Lecture: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorials: On-campus

SCIL10067 Globalization Sem1

Lecture: Friday 09:00-09:50 Online live (synchronous delivery)

Seminars: Online live (synchronous delivery)

SCIL10065 Nations and Nationalism Sem1

Lectures: Tuesday 11:10-12:00 Online live (synchronous delivery)

Tutorials: on-campus

SCIL10082 Responding to sustainability challenges: critical debates Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Seminars: Online live (synchronous delivery)

SCIL10018 Social Theory Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Tutorials: on-campus

SCIL10054 Sociology of Intoxication Sem1

Lecture: Monday 10:00-10:50,Online live (synchronous delivery)

Tutorials: on-campus

SCIL10045 Sociology Project  (4th years only) Sem1  
SCIL10080 Contemporary Issues in Sociology Sem2  
SCIL10063 Doing Survey Research Sem2  
SCIL10077 Economic Sociology: Theories and Enquiries Sem2  
SCIL10023 Intimate Relationships Sem2  
SCIL10068 Migration: social origins and social consequences Sem2  
IMES10098 Muslims in Europe Sem2 School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Please contact the course secretary to request a space on the course.)
SCIL10064 Popular Music, Technology and Society Sem2  
SCIL10071 Race And Ethnicity Sem2  
SCPL10020 Social Inequality and the Life Course Sem2  
SCIL10093 Sociology of Freedom Sem2  
SCIL10081 The social life of food Sem2  

 

Sustainable Development

Your compulsory and optional courses will vary depending on your pathway. Please ensure you review the correct DPT for your pathway. The delivery details for courses within Sustainable development can be found below. 

Code Course Name Period Delivery detail

SCIL10082

Responding to sustainability challenges: critical debates 

Sem1

Lectures: Online (pre-recorded)

Seminars: Online live (synchronous delivery)

SSPS10014

Cases in Sustainable Development

Sem2  
School Courses
Code Course Name Period Delivery detail
SSPS10001 Contemporary Feminist Debates Sem1

Lecture: Tuesday 14:10-15:00 Online live (synchronous delivery)

Seminars: Online live (synchronous delivery)

ASST10153 Unwritten Korea: Understanding Korean Society and Culture through Contemporary Arts and Films (this course is owned by the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Please contact the course secretary to request a space on the course.) Sem1  
ASST10152 Political Economy of Korean Development (this course is owned by the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures Please contact the course secretary to request a space on the course.) Sem2  

 

Student category
Undergraduate