Home Study BA (Hons) Social Sciences Course Snapshot Dr Gregory Borne - Course Leader "The first year introduces you to key areas of sociology, social policy, psychology and disability studies, as well as developing essential research skills. During the second year you will engage with political and social theories as well as exploring important issues at global and local scales. You will develop your qualitative and quantitative research skills making you an effective researcher and creator of knowledge. You will also gain hands-on experience with a work placement. In the third year you will specialise in areas that interest you by choosing from a number of optional modules. Your research dissertation forms a substantial part of your final year of studies where you conduct a piece of research, deepening your expertise in your chosen area."