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Past sociology curricula


Starting with the 2002-03 academic year the University of Reading introduced a university-wide new curriculum structure.

Here are the main curriculum differences:

  • the academic year now starts with the Autumn Term as in most universities (previously at Reading the academic year officially started in the Summer Term);

  • the Summer term is now dedicated to revisions and preparation for exams with no introduction of new material. Finally, most teaching will be done on a modular, term-based, form;

  • Part I students now have to take courses from two subjects only (e.g. Sociology and Politics) contrary to the past three subjects;

  • after their first year single-subject Sociology students took a total of either 9 year-long units or 27 Sociology term-long courses (12 in the second year, 15 in their final year) grouped into 9 units, or a combination of those. Joint-subject students took 15 Sociology courses (6 in the second year, 9 in their final year) grouped into 5 units. The dissertation, currently compulsory, for all students was optional (in place of three of the third-year courses);

  • exams at the end of the second year are now qualifying (Part II exams), i.e. students who do not pass the exams cannot continue with Part III; Year 2 exams, introduced in the Department in 2002, were non-qualifying.

In advance of these changes, the Department of Sociology started introducing partial modularisation in 2000-2001 and full modularisation in 2001-2002.

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Last Published 08 August 2003