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BAEcon Business Studies and Sociology
Explore how society is affected by business structures and practices.

BAEcon Business Studies and Sociology / Course details

Year of entry: 2018

Course description

  • Are you looking for a flexible course that lets you tailor your studies to your emerging business interests?
  • Would you like to explore the roles, structures of business and how they influence societies?
  • Do you want to develop transferable skills that will prepare you for a wide range of roles or further study?
  • Would you like a chance to study abroad for a semester?

The Business Studies and Sociology pathway of the BA(Hons) Economic and Social Studies degree - or BA(Econ) for short - is a flexible and innovative course that brings together research-led teaching from Accounting, Business, Economics, Finance, Politics and Sociology and offers in-depth insight into the business world.

Business doesn't work in isolation and at Manchester neither does the study of it.

Only by understanding the environment in which businesses function can you understand commercial behaviour.

For example:

  • Sociology gives you a framework to understand how employees and consumers are organised and how they behave. It also explores the demographic changes that will affect how firms must adapt to a changing population.
  • Politics explores the effects of government policy, regulation and public spending and how these would impact on businesses and the wider economy.
  • Economics encourages you to study the nuances of labour and finance markets and the microeconomic and macroeconomic factors that affect all of us.

Each of your course units has been developed from the research of specialists in their fields from both the School of Social Sciences (Economics, Politics and Sociology) and the Alliance Manchester Business School (Accounting, Finance, Business Law, Marketing and Human Resource Management).

Business Studies (N100), Business Studies and Economics (NL11), Business Studies and Politics (NL12), Business Studies and Sociology (NL13) all share a common first year. In some cases it's possible to swap to a different pathway after the first year.

Please only apply for one of these courses to start with.

Special features

  • This degree's broad-based foundation year, means that you don't need to have a social science qualification to apply.
  • A Chair in political economy was founded at the University in 1854 making it one of the oldest centres for the study of Economics in the UK. Since then many famous names in Economics have worked here, including three Nobel Prize winners.

Our students

Business Studies and Sociology BA (Econ) students in figures (2014):

  • Students on the course came from 24 countries
  • Their ages ranged from 17 - 28
  • The male / female ratio was 60 : 40

Meet our students

Teaching and learning

Most course units feature formal lectures supported by smaller tutorials or seminars, in which you will be able to explore the contents of lectures and recommended reading in greater depth.

Tutorials and seminars are also key elements in improving your written and oral communication skills through group discussions, essay-writing and presentations.

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor, an academic member of staff who takes a friendly interest in your progress and can advise you on selecting course units and career opportunities.

Coursework and assessment

The BA (Hons) Economics and Social Studies programme, and the Business Studies and Sociology specialisation in particular, offers a wide variety of course units.

The way that you study and are assessed will depend on which units you choose. The range of methods is carefully designed to promote in-depth learning and understanding.

  • Essays, coursework and other mid-term evaluations allow fuller development of and feedback on students' knowledge and understanding.
  • Coursework, essays and dissertations promote the development of argument and fuller understanding of academic material and test the extent to which students can carry out work independently.
  • Presentations or group projects promote the development of teamwork.
  • Final exams are more appropriate for certain Economics course units.

Course content for year 1

The first year is designed to give you a solid foundation in the study of Business and a wider understanding of the business environment.

The Business Studies and Sociology pathway of the BA (Hons) Economic and Social Studies programme is a modular course and in your first year you take 120 credits overall (so between 10-12 individual course units) made up of:

  • 10 credits of Finance
  • 40 credits of Economics
  • 20 credits of Mathematics/Statistics
  • 40 credits of Social Sciences - eg Sociology, Social Anthropology or Philosophy
  • Remaining 10 credits from other disciplines - including Social Sciences, Development, Applied Statistics, Economic History or Study Skills.

At the end of your first year you can change onto another pathway, such as Business Studies or Business Studies and Economics, depending on your own academic interests, as they all share a common first year.

Course units for year 1

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Fundamentals of Financial Reporting A BMAN10621A 10 Mandatory
Financial Decision Making BMAN10522 10 Optional
Fundamentals of Management Accounting BMAN10632 10 Optional
An Introduction to Development Studies ECON10002 10 Optional
Introductory Mathematics ECON10061 10 Optional
Advanced Mathematics ECON10071 10 Optional
Advanced Statistics ECON10072 10 Optional
Computing for Social Scientists ECON10151 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10171 10 Optional
Microeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10172 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 1 ECON10181 10 Optional
Macroeconomic Analysis 2 ECON10182 10 Optional
Introduction to Mathematical Economics ECON10192 10 Optional
Economic History ECON10212 10 Optional
Microeconomics 2 ECON10232 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 1 ECON10241 10 Optional
Macroeconomics 2 ECON10262 10 Optional
Microeconomics 1 ECON10331 10 Optional
Introduction to Ethics PHIL10021 20 Optional
History of Philosophy PHIL10401 20 Optional
Introduction to Metaphysics and Epistemology PHIL10622 20 Optional
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind PHIL10632 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10201 20 Optional
Introduction to Comparative Politics POLI10202 20 Optional
British Politics: Power and the State POLI10401 20 Optional
Politics of the Global Economy POLI10502 20 Optional
Introduction to International Politics POLI10601 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
Power and Culture: Inequality in Everyday Life SOAN10301 10 Optional
Cultural Diversity in Global Perspective SOAN10312 10 Optional
Key Ideas in Social Anthropology SOAN10320 20 Optional
Introduction to Business Anthropology: Consumers, Companies and Culture SOAN10361 20 Optional
Study Skills (BA Econ) - semester 2 SOCS10902 10 Optional
Study Skills (BA Econ) - semester 1 SOCS10911 10 Optional
British Society in a Globalising World SOCY10401 20 Optional
Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Media, Culture & Society SOCY10441 20 Optional
Global Social Challenges SOCY10462 20 Optional
Sociology of Personal Life SOCY10471 20 Optional
Work, Organisations and Society SOCY10912 20 Optional
Introductory Statistics for Economists SOST10062 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 42 course units for year 1

Course content for year 2

In your second year you begin to study your chosen pathway in much greater depth and take 120 credits over the year.

Single pathway

If you specialise in one pathway, such as Business Studies, you can take a maximum of 80 credits (or two thirds of your courses) in that single pathway and up to 40 credits from other pathways from the BA (Econ).

Joint pathway

If you specialise on a joint pathway such as the Business Studies and Sociology you also take a maximum of 80 credits in any one pathway, but you have the freedom to split these between the two disciplines depending on what you'd like to study.

Free choice units

In your second year you can also take 20 units from across the University.

Course units for year 2

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
International Business Strategy BMAN24132 10 Mandatory
Critical Perspectives in Strategy BMAN24141 10 Mandatory
Financial Statement Analysis BMAN20081 10 Optional
Financial Markets and Institutions BMAN21011 10 Optional
Financial Reporting and Accountability BMAN21020 20 Optional
Intermediate Management Accounting BMAN21040 20 Optional
Introduction to Business Information Systems BMAN21061 10 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000 20 Optional
Foundations of Finance A BMAN23000A 20 Optional
Business Law 1: Law, Business Liabilities and the Consumer BMAN24042 10 Optional
Managerial Economics I ECON20000 20 Optional
Environmental Economics IIA ECON20101 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Mathematical Economics I ECON20120 20 Optional
Further Mathematics ECON20281 10 Optional
Further Statistics ECON20292 10 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Business Economics 1A ECON20341 10 Optional
Business Economics IB ECON20342 10 Optional
Microeconomics IIA ECON20351 10 Optional
Microeconomics IIB ECON20352 10 Optional
Macroeconomics IIA ECON20401 10 Optional
Macroeconomics IIB ECON20402 10 Optional
Economics for Public Policy ECON20431 10 Optional
Crisis and Prosperity in Twentieth-Century Europe HIST21111 20 Optional
Criminal Law (Criminology) LAWS10082 20 Optional
Psychology, Crime and Criminal Justice LAWS10432 20 Optional
Policing and the Police LAWS20051 20 Optional
Explaining Crime and Deviance LAWS20412 20 Optional
Making Sense of Criminological Data LAWS20441 20 Optional
Modelling Criminological Data LAWS20452 20 Optional
Understanding Punishment LAWS20692 20 Optional
Criminology and Criminal Justice in Action LAWS20701 20 Optional
Philosophy of Religion PHIL20021 20 Optional
Formal Logic PHIL20041 20 Optional
Locke, Berkeley, Hume PHIL20212 20 Optional
Ethics PHIL20232 20 Optional
20th Century Analytical Philosophy PHIL20241 20 Optional
Philosophy of Science PHIL20261 20 Optional
Philosophy of Mind PHIL20272 20 Optional
Phenomenology PHIL20612 20 Optional
Philosophical Methods PHIL20891 20 Optional
Aesthetics PHIL20952 20 Optional
Introduction to Political Theory POLI10702 20 Optional
The Politics of (in)Security POLI20332 20 Optional
Questions About International Politics POLI20521 20 Optional
Politics & Society in Britain Since 1940: From Blitz to Brexit POLI20531 20 Optional
Arguing About Politics: Political Theory in the World POLI20602 20 Optional
The Politics of Globalisation POLI20711 20 Optional
The Politics of Development POLI20722 20 Optional
The Politics of Policy Making POLI20802 20 Optional
Ideals of Social Justice POLI20881 20 Optional
Sex, Gender and Kinship SOAN20802 20 Optional
Anthropology of Religion SOAN20811 20 Optional
Political and Economic Anthropology SOAN20821 20 Optional
Materiality and Representation SOAN20852 20 Optional
Career Management Skills (BA Econ / BA Social Sciences) SOCS21002 10 Optional
Foundations of Social Thought SOCY10421 20 Optional
Contemporary Social Thought SOCY10432 20 Optional
Sociology of Popular Music SOCY20012 20 Optional
Work, Economy and Society SOCY20031 20 Optional
Social Network Analysis SOCY20041 20 Optional
Education and Society SOCY20052 20 Optional
Sociology of Fashion SOCY20062 20 Optional
Sociology of Science SOCY20081 20 Optional
Qualitative Research Design & Methods SOCY20091 20 Optional
Sustainability, Consumption & Global Responsibilities SOCY20232 20 Optional
New Media SOCY20241 20 Optional
Global Migration SOCY20271 20 Optional
Self and Society SOCY20402 20 Optional
Gender, Sexuality and Culture SOCY20891 20 Optional
Racism and Ethnicity in the UK SOCY20962 20 Optional
Applied Statistics for Social Scientists SOST10142 20 Optional
The Survey Method in Social Research SOST20012 20 Optional
Essentials of survey design and analysis SOST20022 20 Optional
Research Design & Statistical Inference SOST20031 20 Optional
Market Research SOST20041 10 Optional
Displaying 10 of 78 course units for year 2

Course content for year 3

In your final year you take 120 credits overall.

Single pathway

If you specialise in a single pathway, such as Business Studies, you can take a minimum of 80 credits in that single area and up to 40 credits from other pathways from the BA (Econ).

Joint pathway

If you specialise in a joint pathway such as Business Studies and Sociology you take a minimum of 50 credits from each of the two disciplines, and choose the split between the two pathways that you prefer.

Course units for year 3

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
International Business Analysis Project BMAN33000 20 Mandatory
Business Law 2: Law and the Modern Corporation in an International Context BMAN24052 10 Optional
Marketing BMAN30021 10 Optional
Human Resource Management BMAN30042 10 Optional
International Finance BMAN30060 20 Optional
Share Prices and Accounting Information BMAN30071 10 Optional
Financial Derivatives BMAN30091 10 Optional
Advanced Corporate Finance BMAN30111 20 Optional
Accountability and Auditing BMAN30131 10 Optional
Advanced Business Information Systems BMAN30151 10 Optional
Case Studies in Digital Transformation BMAN30202 10 Optional
Corporate Governance in Context BMAN30211 10 Optional
Financial Engineering BMAN30242 10 Optional
Corporate Contracting and Managerial Behaviour BMAN30702 10 Optional
Advanced Management Accounting BMAN31040 20 Optional
Environmental Economics IIA ECON20101 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON20110 20 Optional
Development Economics IIA ECON20321 10 Optional
Development Economics IIB ECON20332 10 Optional
Business Forecasting ECON30352 10 Optional
Econometrics ECON30370 20 Optional
Business Economics II ECON30821 20 Optional
Money, Banking & Financial Markets ECON30852 10 Optional
Managerial Economics II ECON31000 20 Optional
International Trade and Policy ECON32191 10 Optional
Sociology of Human Animal Relations SOCY30041 20 Optional
Urban Sociology SOCY30061 20 Optional
Reproduction & New Medical Technologies SOCY30072 20 Optional
Forced Migration SOCY30082 20 Optional
Changing Social Attitudes SOCY30092 20 Optional
Post-Colonial Theory & Politics SOCY30112 20 Optional
Sociology of the Body SOCY30141 20 Optional
Secrets, Lies & Mass Deception SOCY30151 20 Optional
Identity, Power & Modernity SOCY30171 20 Optional
Multicultural Britain SOCY30272 20 Optional
Applications of Social Networks SOCY30292 20 Optional
The Sociology of Family Life and Intimacy SOCY30842 20 Optional
Dissertation (20 credits) SOCY30920 20 Optional
Gender, Time and Change SOCY30981 20 Optional
Theory & Method in Demography SOST30012 20 Optional
Displaying 10 of 40 course units for year 3

Facilities

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk