Overview

Society, and how we interact with it, is a complex but rewarding field of study. If you’re interested in studying classical and contemporary social theory, and applying it to our social institutions, this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree is a great option.

You’ll explore pressing contemporary social issues and get an understanding of specialist areas of sociological study such as food, happiness, violence, sport, social class, gender and race.

The course prepares you for a variety of careers, from health and social care to banking and administration. You can also do further training or study after the course.

100% of students were satisfied with this course in the 2017 National Student Survey.

What you'll experience

  • Develop a critical understanding of the world we live in
  • Get an in-depth understanding of our society and how we interact with it
  • Learn how our lives relate to each other's and intersect with wider social structures
  • Focus on specialist areas, such as food, happiness, violence and sport
  • Be taught by specialist staff who are undertaking research, ensuring you keep abreast of the latest developments in the field
  • Do research that connects your studies to what's happening now in society
  • Boost your career prospects by volunteering or doing a work placement alongside your studies
  • Hone your ability to research, analyse, and communicate complex data and ideas

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing the ideal job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We'll work with you to identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and allow you to use the skills you've learnt.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

What you'll study

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

Class, Inequality and the Lifecourse – 20 credits - On this module you'll learn how to see the problem of inequality in the UK today from different perspectives.

Developing your Sociological Imagination – 40 credits - This module will introduce you to the distinctive features of sociological thinking. 

Observing Society – 20 credits - On this module you'll use film texts and documentaries to think sociologically  about a range of social issues.

Research Design and Analysis – 20 credits - On this module, you'll get an introduction to the collection and analysis of social science data.

Theorising Social Life – 20 credits - This module addresses the key sociological questions of 'What is Society?' and 'Who Am I?'

Year 2

Core modules

Doing Sociological Research – 20 credits - On this module you'll get involved in all stages of a small-scale empirical research project.

Modernity and Globalisation – 20 credits - This module focuses on the work of key social theorists, their analyses of the emergence and development of modern institutions, the effect they have on contemporary lifestyles, and interrelated processes of globalisation.

Risk and Society – 20 credits - On this module, you'll look at what it means to live in a 'risk society'; a society that is increasingly perceived as uncertain and dangerous.

Work, Employment and Society – 20 credits - On this module you'll examine whether the theories used to understand industrial employment by figures such as Marx, Durkheim and Weber are still relevant to understanding work today.

Optional modules

Consumer Society: Critical Themes and Issues – 20 credits - Consumption is a universal and complex sociocultural practice. You'll read, think and critically reflect on consumption, and focus on the notion of a 'consumer society'.

Educational Psychology – 20 credits - This module introduces you to the psychology of learning and teaching in educational contexts. 

Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice – 20 credits - On this module you'll evaluate the causes, reproduction, and theories of unequal social divisions and structural injustice, such as class exploitation, racism and sexism.

Family, Career and Generation (L5) – 20 credits - This module focuses on how work is experienced across a person’s life. 

Food, Culture, and Society – 20 credits - On this module, you'll study human relationships with food.

Gender and Sexuality – 20 credits - On this module you'll explore how gender and sexuality are central to making sense of the world. 

Gender and the Media – 20 credits - On this module you'll look historically, politically and critically at theories concerning gender.

Health, Wellbeing, and Happiness - On this module you'll learn about the sociological theories of health, wellbeing and happiness, focusing on the idea of 'wellness' in contemporary societies.

Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits - In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.

Learning from Experience – 20 credits - On this module you can gain credits from paid or unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning including self-employment.

Media Networks: Exploring Digital Culture – 20 credits - On this module you'll learn how human intervention shapes digital media.

Media, Culture and National Identity – 20 credits - On this module you'll learn how modern media helps to construct individual, group and national identities.

Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday – 20 credits - On this module you'll explore nationalism, both historically and in the present day. 

Race and Racism – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to theoretical and empirical literature in relation to race and racism.

Screen Media – 20 credits - On this module you'll develop your knowledge of screen media in society and entertainment.

Social Power, Elites and Dissent (L5) – 20 credits - On this module you'll explore the discursive quality of power and the reproduction of society according to norms established by corporate, state, technical and consumerist factions of a global elite.

Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity – 20 credits - This module explores the distinctive ways that sociologists approach culture.

Study Abroad – 60 credits - On this module you'll live and study abroad with one of our agreed university partners. 

Violence, War and Society – 20 credits - On this module you'll analyse war and violence in terms of their social and political organisation, cultural reproduction and personal experience.

Optional sandwich year

Optional modules

Placement Year - 120 credits - With support, you'll identify and arrange a placement opportunity with an appropriate company or organisation.

Study Year Abroad - 120 credits -  On this module you'll live and study abroad with one of our agreed university partners.

Screen Media – 20 credits - On this module you'll develop your knowledge of screen media in society and entertainment.

Year 3

Core modules

Dissertation/Major Project (Sociology) – 40 credits - On this module you'll design and complete an extended piece of academic research with clear and specific aims. 

Optional modules

Consumer Society – 20 credits - Consumption is a universal and complex sociocultural practice. You'll read, think and critically reflect on consumption, and focus on the notion of a 'consumer society'.

Emotions and Social Life (Level 6) – 20 credits - On this module you'll get an introduction to sociological approaches to emotions, looking at the growth of interest in emotions and the role of emotions in classical sociological theory.

Equality or Liberation? Theorising Social Justice – 20 credits - On this module you'll evaluate the causes, reproduction, and theories of unequal social divisions and structural injustice, such as class exploitation, racism and sexism.

Family, Career and Generation (Level 6) – 20 credits - This module focuses on how work is experienced across people’s lifetime.

Food, Culture, and Society – 20 credits - On this module, you'll study the relationships between society and food.

Gender and Sexuality – 20 credits - On this module you'll explore how gender and sexuality are central to making sense of the world.

Health, Wellbeing and Happiness – 20 credits - On this module you'll learn about sociological theories of health, wellbeing and happiness, focusing on the idea of 'wellness' in contemporary societies.

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits - The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Learning from Experience – 20 credits - On this module you can gain credits from paid or unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning including self-employment.

Media Fan Cultures – 20 credits - In this module, you’ll explore a variety of media texts that have attracted fan communities.

Nationalism and Migration: Chaos, Crisis and the Everyday – 20 credits - On this module you'll explore nationalism, both historically and in the present day.

News, War and Peace – 20 credits - This module gives you an understanding of the news media's role in conflict and peace.

Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates – 20 credits - On this module you'll develop your understanding of the job application process from the perspective of recruiters and candidates.

Race and Racism – 20 credits - This module will introduce you to theoretical and empirical literature in relation to race and racism.

Social Power, Elites and Dissent – 20 credits - On this module you'll explore the discursive quality of power, and the reproduction of society according to norms established by corporate, state, technical and consumerist factions of a global elite.

Sociology of Culture: Taste, Value and Celebrity – 20 credits - This module explores the distinctive ways that sociologists approach culture.

Studying Comedy – 20 credits - On this module, you’ll examine key historical and theoretical ideas in the study of comedy. 

TV Drama and Society – 20 credits - This module examines how TV drama reflects and influences social, political and ideological landscapes.

Violence, War and Society – 20 credits - On this module you'll analyse war and violence in terms of their social and political organisation, cultural reproduction and personal experience.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • tutorials
  • workshops

There's a practical focus on this course. You'll take part in group debates and discussions and get hands-on experience with different research and interview techniques.

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • written essays and tests
  • both group and individual projects
  • seminar participation
  • examinations
  • a 10,000-word dissertation

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Careers and opportunities

When you complete this BSc (Hons) Sociology degree course, our Careers and Employability team will work with you to find the employment that you need to kick-start your career.

What can you do with a Sociology degree?

You'll have the knowledge and skills to pursue a career or further training in areas such as:

  • teaching and lecturing
  • research
  • health and social care
  • advertising
  • marketing and media
  • local government
  • community development
  • careers advice
  • teaching
  • charity work
  • human resources and recruitment
  • business administration and personnel management

Our Careers and Employability team will support you for up to 5 years after you leave the University.

BSc (Hons), BSc (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time, Sandwich Study Mode
3 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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