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Economic, Social and Political Sciences Undergraduate study

Social and Human Sciences Pathway


Our exciting Studyabroad@Southampton programme gives a wide choice to undergraduate international students looking to study with us for a semester or up to a year.

Please visit our @studyabroad hub to find out about more pathway options.

This pathway offers the widest module choice in the programme. Drawing on all other pathways in the programme, Social and Human sciences offers opportunity for study of major global challenges such as protection of the environment, climate change, population and health, and economic development from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives.

A range of introductory modules have been included to provide access paths for students who come to the programme without a background in particular areas of study. There is a good selection of interdisciplinary modules which can be identified by their UOSM code. Each module is innovative in the use of teaching and learning methods and assessment. This pathway is suitable for any student wishing to expand their disciplinary horizons in social and human sciences.

Choosing your modules

The pathways include modules from all three levels of study at Southampton. Each level corresponds to one of the three undergraduate years and builds upon knowledge and understanding from previous years. The year or level of a module is indicated by the first numeric digit in the module code (e.g. ECON2026 ). Introductory, level 1, modules have been included, where appropriate, to allow students to access pathways outside of their major or specialist area of study.

In each Semester 4 modules are studied for a total of 60 CATS/30 ECTS points. You are recommended to choose 4 modules and 2 reserve choices in each Semester in case your first choice modules are unavailable for any reason or you experience timetable clashes.

Modules with two codes have been designed for assessment at level 2 or level 3. In the case of such modules students hoping to progress to Masters Study or those needing to transfer final year credits back to their home university should choose the code for which the first numeric digit is a 3 (e.g. SOCI3084)

Introductory modules*

Semester 1 Semester 2
GEOG1001 The Earth System GEOG1011 Dangerous World*
DEMO1003 Population and Society ECON1002 Principles of Macroeconomics*
ECON1001 Foundations of Microeconomics SOCI1015 Human Rights, Wellbeing and Politics*
SOCI1001 Understanding Everyday Life PAIR1001 Introduction to International Relations*
PAIR1002 Political Systems PAIR1004 Introduction to Political Theory*
Semester 1 Semester 2
GEOG2032 Global Climate Change: Science, Impacts and Policy SOCI2033/SOCI3084 Environment, Development and Society
PAIR3014 Globalisation and World Politics ECON2013 Development Economics
SOCI2017/SOCI3083 Class Structure and Social Inequality SOCI2003 Gender and Society
SOCI2035/SOCI3086 Children and Society GEOG2036 Cultural Geography
UOSM2015 Sustainability in the Local and Global Environment UOSM2011 The Management of Risk and Uncertainty
UOSM2035 Valuing Nature UOSM2018 Understanding Modern China
UOSM2004 Global Health UOSM2027 Health Policy and Economics
GEOG2036 Cultural Geography UOSM2012 Online Social Networks

* Students may choose a maximum of two introductory modules

Some modules may be subject to change or availability.

Entry requirements

You must achieve an average mark equivalent to Lower Second Class honours at your home University at the most recent assessment period before starting at Southampton.

You will need to have achieved an English language proficiency standard of IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each element (or equivalent).

Visit the University Admissions pages for details of acceptable equivalent qualifications.

Tuition Fees

Study Abroad students will pay tuition fees to the University of Southampton with a discount of 5%, if there is no special agreement for tuitions fees with the sending institution.

If you are a student form an EU country you will pay UK/EU tuition fees

If you are a student from a Non EU country you will pay international tuition fees

Progression to masters study

Students who successfully complete 2 semesters on a Studyabroad@Southampton pathway and meet the following criteria will be eligible for admission to the Linked MSc programmes specified for that pathway:

Students who complete a single semester of study or wish to apply for a Master’s programme not specified on their pathway will be subject to the standard admissions requirements for that programme.

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