Full Time HND Social Sciences
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SQA (5 passes 2 at higher grade) including standard grade English (credit level) or Intermediate II; SWAP Arts and Social Sciences
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Monday - Friday
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The Social Sciences involve the scientific study of human behaviour. Social Scientists and Social Science research influences practically all aspects of our lives, such as child-rearing, road safety and the operation of large organisations.
This course aims to develop skills of analysis and research in the social sciences.
This course gives students a broad knowledge and understanding of social science subjects. It includes:Psychology
Schools of Psychology, Methodology of Psychological Research, Emotion, Cognitive and Moral Development, Personality, Pro- and Anti-Social BehaviourSociology
Sociological Theory, Crime, Deviance, Family, Education, Mass Media, Health and Illness, Religion and Social PolicyHistory
The Industrial Revolution, Fascism, Nazism, the Gaels and Scottish Society in the 17th, 18th and 19th CenturiesCriminology
The Nature and Extent of Crime, Socio-cultural theories, Geographical and Environmental Approaches, Psychological Factors, Politico-economic Theories and Scottish Penal SystemPolitics
Political Theory and the UK Political SystemPhilosophy
The Concepts of Innate Knowledge, Knowledge Gained from Experience, Notions of Free Will and Determinism
Research Issues and Methodology
Scientific Methods of Investigation, Experimentation, Observation and Surveys, the Relationship between Social Theory and Social Science, Positivism, Empiricism, Realism and IdealismLiterature
Prose and Poetry of Different Historical PeriodsCommunication
An Integrated, Social Sciences-based Approach to Report Writing, Group Work and Reading SkillsInterpersonal and Group Skills
Perceptual processes, judgment, communication problems and interpersonal interaction
teaching & assessment methods
Various teaching methods are used including lectures, group work, research and experimentation, tutorials and workshops. Assessment includes assignments, case studies, projects and external assessment.
Students who complete Year 1 only may have sufficient credits to achieve HNC Social Sciences.
The Colleges articulation agreement with RGU provides students with a place on year 2 or 3 of a degree programme. Successful students may also gain advanced entry to certain University of Aberdeen degree programmes
Excellent preparation for a career in public service and management careers in business and the social services.