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Studying Sociology with Psychology

Sociology with Psychology student Fatima talks about her experiences at City and why she chose a join honours course.

The reason for my choice to study at City is because of its reputation -being one of the top twenty universities in the UK and for its great industry ties. My favourite bits about City are its location and the people! There’s so many different and diverse cultures and people around the campus. It makes it so interesting.

I decided to study a joint honours in Sociology with Psychology at City, because of the diverse range of core and elective modules that are available to learn. I found both Sociology and Psychology enticing as sociology is the study of pre-modern and modern societies and their issues by focusing on the development of social theory in the nineteenth and early twenty- first century. On the other hand, psychology is the study of individuals and focuses on individual aspects such as behaviour, cognition and development.

The benefits of studying a joint honour in the social sciences at City are:

  1. The experience of studying two subjects in the course of three years is definitely enriching.
  2. You develop a wider skill set and a firm insight by exploring two subjects side by side.
  3. You are given more choice/options with modules that interest you which are closely related and tie into one another, as these subjects have been selected as a joint honours for a reason.
  4. When you graduate there are more pathways you can go into, therefore employment flexibility.

After my course, I am hoping to stay at City, University of London and study MSc Organisational Psychology.  They’ve been my favourite lectures so far and the profession would allow me to stick with Psychology as a career.  I’ve been a course representative this year which has given me real insight into how organisations work and how to communicate professionally as well as represent the views of others.

I didn’t know what course representatives did before coming to City, but after joining I discovered that they had a vital role in my university experience: Student representatives are responsible for representing academic and non-academic student interests. Things like improving resources available at the university library, addressing any academic difficulties experienced by students and finally aiding in creating a better learning environment.

I decided to become a course representative because I was impressed of how much of a difference they made to my learning and experience at City, and I wanted to do the same for other students. Also, I wanted to get over my fear of public speaking and discovered that by carrying out casual meetings with students and collecting their feedback on both academic and non-academic issues and then feeding them back during the Student-Staff Liaison Committee meetings allowed me to improve my public speaking skills.

Why have a separate course rep for a joint honours course:
It is definitely important to have a course representative for a joint honour course because you represent the interests of a relatively small group of students, who are therefore under-represented in the university. It is definitely challenging; because if students from both psychology and sociology would request for lectures to be recorded and uploaded on to lecture capture. In this situation, it is more likely that the sociology students request would be met because in psychology a lot of sensitive information about patients is discussed, thus ethically their information cannot be uploaded onto lecture capture. Therefore, unfortunately you cannot meet the demands of both groups of students.