BA (Hons) Social Science


Program Description

Save £1,000 by enrolling on this programme in the July intake! Prices will increase beginning with the October 2020 intake. Students who enrol on this online learning course will explore a range of topics across the Social Sciences. From examining how our social lives are constructed to the factors that affect how we interact – for example, class, race, gender, religion, family, nationality and race – you will be immersed in making a science of the social world around you. You will learn to draw together ideas from a range of perspectives which employers will value – as well as honing your skills in thinking critically and analytically and evaluating data and research.

Course Overview

Arden University’s online BA (Hons) Social Science programme will provide the skills and knowledge needed to take your next professional step in your career. This Bachelor's degree provides a strong foundation for understanding topics in social sciences, including law, psychology, and other professional areas.

Arden’s flexible, online study mode allows you to develop your professional knowledge around your existing commitments. This programme will equip you with an understanding of a range of social topics, and how they relate to each other, helping to take you closer to your career goals.

The full range of programmes offered by Arden features a strong focus on employability, practical skills, and career success. This programme has been designed to develop your understanding of different influences affecting society, and prepare you with the skills for a range of careers. 

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At Arden University, we’re dedicated to your readiness for the future workplace, and are committed to helping you gain the skills and qualifications you need as you progress in your professional life. Our Fast-Track Your Career promise has been developed to allow you to pursue your master’s degree with us completely free of charge once you have successfully completed your Arden undergraduate degree course. 

 On successful completion of your bachelor’s course, you can simply apply for the Arden master’s degree of your choice, either via Distance (online) or Blended Learning, and you’ll then be able to progress with your postgraduate education completely free of any additional course tuition fees.  The only requirement is that you meet the entry standards for your chosen master’s course, and enrol within two years of completing your bachelor’s degree.


Course Modules

Level 4

Skills for Interdisciplinary Study
Develop your skills as a learner and look at problems from different perspectives. After an introduction to your online academic community and the key skills needed for the programme, you will improve the personal skills sought by employers.

Law & Ethics
This module presents you with a variety of ethical problems to tackle and will put the spotlight on civil and human rights, how you should advise your clients, and knowing where your responsibilities lie.

Introduction to Social and Developmental Psychology
This branch of psychology examines the changes that occur throughout the human lifespan. During this module, you’ll cover a range of theories, including forming of identity, personality, ideas about the self and language acquisition. You’ll look at how people’s thoughts and behaviours are influenced by the lens of social psychology.

Introduction to Sociology
This module introduces some key thinkers such as Karl Marx, Max Weber, Michel Foucault, and Anthony Giddens, highlighting their central theories of sociology. Through these ideas, combined with aspects of our backgrounds, you will begin to understand how we interact, and how our ideas of normal are a complex set of learned codes and rules.

Medicalisation of the Self
With health issues a regular feature of the news, this module considers how the human body has become a subject of control and surveillance. You’ll learn about the origins of the welfare state, and discover how responsibility for human welfare changes between the individual and the state. Examine the ethics of genetic engineering, the ‘rules’ of a healthy society, and rights regarding healthcare access.

Crime & Society
From the 1700s to current thinking about crime and criminal justice, this module introduces the study of criminology. This ‘rendezvous discipline’ mixes sociology, psychology, law, and political philosophy, and you will encounter theories and models relating to crime and criminal justice. This module also explores explanatory factors such as class and education and sub-branches such as victimology.

Level 5

Research and Ethics in Action
This module gives you the chance to showcase your abilities through a piece of work of your own design. You’ll determine the methodology, develop a range of skills, and will consider the ethical issues of the work you are undertaking. Later, you’ll include this in a practical way as you work towards your final project.

Civil Liberties & Human Rights
This module explores human rights in greater depth, looking at the relationship between individuals and the state, which rights and freedoms we really have, and how much power the police really wield.

Personality and Intelligence
Learn about historical and contemporary approaches to personality and intelligence and their implications for society and education. You’ll discover the role of genes and environment, psychometric tests, and cultural effects, and with several substantial topics to engage with, you’ll get the chance to debate key aspects of personality and intelligence in this module - from behavioural to biological.

Social Psychology
Gain an understanding of human behaviour as you explore conceptual and historical issues in social psychology. Using traditional and critical research methods, you will apply a range of theories to real-world issues, and explore social constructionism, culture, language, and identity, amongst others.

Contemporary Debates in Criminology
Crime and justice are regularly discussed in the media. This module considers a range of current topics, from hate crime, global organised crime and terrorism, the age of criminal responsibility, and miscarriages of justice. Beneath these topics are deeper issues of social exclusion, civil liberty versus surveillance and the integrity of police investigations.

Cyber Communities & Social Networks
This module will teach you to strip down the idea of communities and examine the ways networking has altered with advances in communication technology. You will look at the impact these advances have on freedom of speech, security, and who stands to benefit or lose from these advances.

Level 6

This module explores the technological developments of making cases of online fraud and other instances of cybercrime more common. You will consider how these cases link to other areas of the criminal justice system, and other aspects learned on this programme.

Crime Prevention
Previously considered as falling into administrative and policy areas, this module applies the latest criminological ideas to practical aspects of crime prevention. Here, you will debate the strengths and weaknesses of these approaches, the merits of situational vs social measures in crime prevention, and how communities and the environment affect policing and crime control.

Cross-Cultural Psychology
Because most psychological research has been conducted amongst Western society, it mostly applies to a limited population. As cultural borders blur, this module looks at the similarities and differences between cultures, and how we understand and act towards each other. You’ll learn how these studies are done and have a chance to exercise your critical and analytical skills through a case study approach.

Consumer Society & the Commodification of Beings
This module examines how neoliberal ideas introduced in the 1970s have fundamentally changed our society and economy. You’ll explore how humans have become both consumers and commodities, such as the ways products have been displaced by brands, and how people use brands and celebrities to shape their own identity. You’ll discuss how the influence of some major brands affects original thinking.

Research Planning & Project
This final module gives you the opportunity to specialise in an area of the programme that has most interested you. With your supervising tutor, you will determine an interdisciplinary area related to your degree to research. You will need to incorporate all the skills acquired in the programme to complete this major work.

What Our Students Say:


"Everyone I have encountered, my fellow students and tutors, have been so helpful and I appreciate that the tutors ensure that the lessons are easy to understand and are available to answer questions. I know I am receiving a quality education."

Sarah Feldman,

BSc (Hons) Psychology

South Africa

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must normally have:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent; OR
  • Completed a recognised Access Programme or equivalent.
  • For students whose prior learning was not taught in English: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent (no less than 5.5 in any element).
If you have work experience

We positively encourage and consider applications from those able to demonstrate their motivation to study the programme. We will ask for your personal statement, along with your CV and references in support of your application.

Last updated Aug 2020

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