Cornwall College

BSc (Hons) Combined Social Science

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • CSC130 Developmental Psychology

      This module will introduce students to some of the major competing and converging sociological and ideological issues which have informed social policy and will help students to foster a critical evaluation of them. It will help students to develop their awareness of social influences and an understanding of current solutions to social problems through an exploration of sociological perspectives.

    • CSC131 Understanding Social and Ideological Issues

      This module will introduce students to some of the major competing and converging sociological and ideological issues which have informed social policy and will help students to foster a critical evaluation of them. It will help students to develop their awareness of social influences and an understanding of current solutions to social problems through an exploration of sociological perspectives.

    • CSC137 Democracy Power and Governance

    Optional modules
    • CORC1056 Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship

      This module provides students with an introduction to social enterprise and social entrepreneurship.

    • CSC135 Using Information Technology and Statistics

      A study of the use of IT in a social context, with a focus on the acquisition of practical IT related skills.

  • Year 2
  • Core modules
    • CORC236 A History of Western Political and Social Theory

    • CORC285 Applying Social Theory

    • CSC239 Psychology and Interactions

      This module will provide the students with the opportunity to further develop their knowledge of psychological theories by studying how they contribute to our understanding of social interactions.

    • CSC240 Introducing and Developing Research Methods

      This module will allow students to develop analytical skills necessary to carry out and evaluate research in Social Care. It aims to develop a critical understanding of research methods enabling students to undertake an investigative study of their own choosing.

    Optional modules
    • CORC2115 Sociology of Health

      This module explores the different paradigms for perceiving and organising health and social care, adopting a cultural anthropological approach to examine these different frameworks. It will also offer students the opportunity to explore the unequal distribution of health in relation to class, gender and ethnicity, before examining the relationship between sociological perspectives on health and social policy.

    • CORC263 Psychological Processes

    • CSC245 Issues in Mental Health

      This module will help students develop an understanding of key issues in mental health, directing them to a variety of models used by mental health professionals. It will also consider the socio-political dimensions of mental well being and practical issues of service provision.

    • CSC248 Psychology in the Workplace

      This module will focus on factors that effect the ways in which we respond to features within work environments. This will take into account the nature of work place relationships, roles and constraints. Students will be encouraged to draw upon their own experiences of work in order to form a basis for more elaborate psychological constructions.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • CSC322 Critical Analysis

      This module enables students to study and develop their analytical skills related to a chosen social science theme relevant to their studies to date.

    • CSC323 Social Science Dissertation

    Optional modules
    • BAET352M Gender, Ethnicity and Education

      This module will explore gender and ethnicity through historical, political and cultural references and appraise the success of equal opportunity policies that have tried to address the key issues. It will also critically review the debate about race and ethnicity in the historical context of colonialism and imperialism. Issues of language, racism, gender difference in educational access and achievement and the 'new ethnic identities' will be analysed.

    • BAET355M Psychology in Education and Training : a Critical Analysis

      An examination of a range of psychological theories and research findings in order to consider how such ideas might help in an understanding of both teaching and learning within post-16 education. To explore research findings which might offer insights into the ways in which we relate to each other as well as to critically examine some psychological concepts in relation to our own professional practices. These ideas and concepts will be explored within the context of differing psychological perspectives & approaches.

    • CORC310 Globalization and Localisation

    • COUN301 Counselling in a Contemporary Context: Identity, Diversity and Difference

      This module, drawing on a range of philosophical, sociological and cultural understandings of identity, critically explores these constructs in relation to counselling in contemporary society. The influences of ethnicity, disability and sexuality are examined and applied to the role of counsellor and the identities of clients.

    • COUN308 Working with Rage and Anger

    • COUN309 Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    • CSC325 Working with Young People

      This module focuses on the lives and experiences of young people in contemporary society. It addresses questions relating to how they are seen and how they see themselves, together with issues such as rights and participation. Specific attention is paid to class, gender and ethnicity with an emphasis on the interconnections between research, policy and practice.

    • CSC327 Rural Poverty

      The module explores the contemporary issues surrounding both the content and context of the subject of poverty in rural areas. Drawing on recent studies, the module discusses both the usefulness and difficulties surrounding the issue of defining rurality. In addition, the module explores the key problems facing those living in rural areas, who may be termed 'disadvantaged' or 'socially excluded' and who find themselves living in rural areas, however rural is defined.

    • CSC330 Youth Justice

    • CSC331 Child Care and Mental Health

      This module is concerned with current developments in the area of child protection and effective work with people with mental health problems. It provides information and research findings on each of these areas and considers the relationship to impact on and significance for the other area.

    • CSC336 Communal and National Identity

      This module deals with the complex nature of identity in its local, national and global context. It explores the frameworks of similarity and difference that facilitate and formulate social interaction.

    • CSC337 Community, Exclusion and Social Control

      This module will enable student to develop a detailed understanding of theories of community from Tonnies to Etzioni, examining tensions between notions of inclusion, exclusion and social control of all which inform current policy.

    • CSC338 A History of Educational Theory

    • SCWC332 Counselling

      This module is concerned with the main counselling approaches currently in use and their appropriateness and effectiveness in different Agencies, situations and contexts.

    • SCWC334 Management of Resources

      This module gives students the opportunity to explore the role and responsibilities of a resource manager, analyse the key tasks, functions, and dilemmas, and develop strategies using appropriate theories, models and research to address operational requirements, management skills and value conflicts in the provision of welfare services.

    • SCWC335 Business Operations

    • SCWC395 Promoting Health

      This module gives students the opportunity to analyse definitions of health and to explore the scope of health promotion and the nature of multi-disciplinary approaches. It allows students to critically evaluate concepts and approaches in relation to health promotion. Students will critically evaluate the role of health promotion in the light of social divisions, and engage in debate on ethical, social and political issues in relation to contemporary health promotion.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Our partnership with Cornwall College

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Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by Plymouth University. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

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