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Part II Courses

Single tracks in second and third years

Single tracks are available in each of the three disciplines within the HSPS course.

In both years you take four papers. One of the optional papers can be replaced with a paper from another HSPS subject or from a range of subjects outside HSPS. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.


Politics and International Relations

Politics and International Relations engages with the nature of the political world within countries and between them. It asks questions about how and why national and international politics have developed as they have, and how people have imagined that they might be changed. It explores issues from human rights and democracy, to financial crisis and international conflict. Find out more...


Sociology

Sociology focuses on the nature of modern societies, how they're organized and how they're changing. It examines social institutions and the changing forms of power and inequality among other topics, and develops theories and conducts empirical research in order to deepen our understanding of the processes that shape social life. Find out more...


Social Anthropology

Anthropologists address 'what it is to be human' by doing in-depth participatory studies (fieldwork) on the amazingly varied ways people live, think and relate to each other in every part of the modern world: from love and intimacy in online worlds, to how Amazonian communities respond to deforestation; how globalization affects factory workers in India, to experiences of citizenship and democracy in African cities. Find out more...

Joint tracks in second and third years

If you are interested in two of the HSPS disciplines, you can combine the study of these in your second and third years through one of six joint tracks.

Please note that not all papers are available to students following the joint tracks. It is not possible to change track between your second and third year unless you are switching from a joint track to focus on one of the subjects within it.


Politics and Sociology

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Politics and two papers in Sociology in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.

 

Social Anthropology and Politics

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Social Anthropology and two papers in Politics in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.

 

Social Anthropology and Religious Studies (Modern Religions)

New for 2020/21

This new joint track will enable students to take two papers in Social Anthropology and two from Religious Studies, specialising in Modern Religions.  As with other joint tracks there will be the opportunity to write a dissertation on a specific topic of your choosing within these two subject areas in your final year.

 

Sociology and Social Anthropology

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Sociology and two papers in Social Anthropology in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.

 

Sociology and Criminology

Students choosing this option will take two papers in Sociology and two papers in Criminology in both the second and third years of the course. You will also have the opportunity to write a dissertation on an area of interest in your final year.