Are you interested in how the world works? Does your future career involve making a difference to people and the world around you? Discover the nature of human interaction within society and learn how to make an impact with BA (Hons) Sociology.
This Sociology with Integrated Foundation Year course is for you if you have not met the course entry requirements yet, or if you feel like you may need a little more preparation to make the most of your university studies.
Explore how people achieve, or are given, social status and whether gender, class or ethnicity impacts the opportunities available to us. Examine how even our personalities, values and outlook are shaped by the cultures we belong to, and investigate the role of the media in promoting the ideologies of the powerful. Develop a deeper understanding of issues like social justice, poverty, discrimination, migration, crime and punishment, developmental psychology, celebrity culture and the social consequences of the climate crisis. Finally, you will be encouraged to find and follow your own passion within the subject by undertaking independent research, and then discovering how social change can come about through collective action and activism.
On this course you will:
- Explore the sociological impacts on the world and the nature of human interaction within society.
- Discuss how people achieve, or are given, social status and research whether gender, class or ethnicity impacts the opportunities available to us.
- Develop an understanding of social justice, poverty, inequality, discrimination, migration, crime and punishment, developmental psychology, celebrity culture and the social consequences of the climate crisis.
- Explore the role of the media in shaping how our view of the world.
- Examine how our personalities, values and outlook are shaped by the cultures we belong to.
- Prepare for a career where you make a difference to the world around you.
Teaching and Assessment
How you will learn
You will build your subject knowledge and practical experience through small seminars, lectures, workshops and tutorials, with typical class sizes up to 25 people. These sessions will encourage theoretical and critical inquiry, debate, and practical research.
You will be assessed through a variety of assignments including essays, group and individual presentations, poster design and exams.
What you will study
You will study a selection of core and optional modules in each year. Each module is worth a number of credits and is delivered differently depending on its content and focus of study.
As well as the modules below you will have the opportunity to choose two of a range of modules taught across the Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences, Arts and Humanities.
This list is indicative and subject to change.
Select a year
Foundation YearIn the first year of your studies, will build a foundation of key knowledge and skills while boosting your academic confidence.
Why Sociology Matters I and IIIn this module you will explore key sociological principles and theories. You will discuss the role of sociology in understanding the world we live in and develop the knowledge and skills you need to ‘think sociologically’. You will discover why sociology provides fascinating insights into so many aspects of our social world and develop your ability to provide supporting evidence for your views and opinions.
What is Going on? Making Sense of the 21st CenturyThe 21st Century has been a period of rapid change and innovation, but also of conflict and uncertainty. This module explores the key events of the past 20 years, how they are interconnected and what they might mean for the future.
Social Identities and Inequalities I and IIDoes family mean a place of safety, nurture and stability, or a site of oppression, conflict and turmoil? You will explore opposing views and perspectives of what it means to be a ‘family’, using sociological theory and contemporary research to develop your understanding of family and social change.
Ageing and the Life CourseWhat is ‘childhood’? How would you define ‘old age’? This module explores how childhood and old age are ‘socially constructed’. You will explore the historical view of children as merely ‘mini adults’, the invention of the ‘teenager’, and the contemporary view of old age being defined as roughly 20 years older than the person defining it. You will discuss how government policy has attempted to keep pace with changing social attitudes and ask questions about what kind of society we should grow up in.
Explaining SocietyInequality and poverty are issues that provoke a wide range of social attitudes from outrage to indifference. Beginning with a detailed analysis of the various definitions of poverty and inequality, you will look at the impact of these issues on the life chances of individuals and their wider consequences for society as a whole. You will look at the implications of global inequality for the future of our planet.
Crime and SocietyThis module examines how society manages crime and criminals and introduces you to the wider judicial and prison systems. You will consider the role of the media, moral panics, emerging crimes, and world approaches to crime.
Being Human: Emotions and Behaviour in Social LifeWhat does it mean to be ‘human’? This question has puzzled humans throughout the centuries, and we often find answers in religion and philosophy as well as biology. Recent advances in psychology, sociology and neuroscience have revealed the importance of emotions in shaping human behaviour, social attitudes and the social structures we experience every day. Discussions in this module will aim to revolutionise how you see the world around you.
Sex, Sexualities and SocietyAlthough sexuality is a relatively recent concept, issues concerned with sexuality have a long history in cultures across the world. On this module you will explore how our contemporary views towards sexuality have evolved and the social forces that shape current debates, questions and arguments.
Analysing Social ProblemsYou will draw upon ethical principles to explore questions of ‘what is right and wrong?’ and ‘what should be done?’. You will investigate how and why governments and other policymakers make decisions and, in doing so, gain deeper insights into how we, as individuals, view problems and make choices about the issues that affect our lives. Human psychology will inform your discussions as you learn how people think and explore the common biases and mental shortcuts that can lead to prejudice and faulty decision making.
Culture, Media and SocietyGet to explore the impact of media and culture on the society with a look at specific challenges in the present day.
Criminology Classics and ControversiesYou will develop your critical knowledge of classic and contemporary criminological cases and your understanding of the role of criminology in understanding different forms of crime. You will have the opportunity to compare and contrast profiles of criminological cases.
Making a Difference 1: Community Project (Group Placement Project)This module will enable you to put your learning into practice. You will work in a small groups to make a difference in people’s lives and develop a deeper understanding of some of the issues you have studied.
Research MethodsThe module will prepare you to conduct your own research and to analyse the research of others. You will develop transferrable skills that will benefit you in the workplace and enhance your employability when you graduate.
Health and WellbeingIn this module you will increase your critical understanding of adult and children’s health and well-being. You will explore the sociology of health and health inequalities in detail and consider the impact of the NHS on British social policy and social attitudes, as well as our understanding of what constitutes a fair and just society. You will develop your understanding of resilience in adults and children and the interrelationship between emotional well-being, physical health and the social obligations we have to one another. You will contrasts international concepts of health and wellbeing with those in the UK.
Making a Difference 2: Preparation for Professional CareersThis module offers another opportunity to get involved in real social issues. You will develop your communication, problem-solving and other employability skills as you explore a topic of your choice.
Aggression, Violence and Abuse: a Sociological PerspectiveYou will use a sociological perspective to investigate the causes and impact of aggression, violence and abuse. Drawing on historical sources, you will note how social attitudes evolve and discuss the influence of feminism and other social movements in framing current debates. You will explore the life chances of victims of aggression violence and abuse as well as themes as diverse as child sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, cyberbullying, harassment and hate crimes. You will investigate implications of these topics for individuals, society and social change.
A Dangerous World? Risk, Anxiety and the MediaIn this module you will explore how society constructs notions of risk, danger and dangerousness. You will understand how the media functions in creating heightened anxieties in the population and how and why politicians respond to these anxieties. You will critically analyse stories in the media and form your own judgements about phenomena presented as being a risk to society, exploring the social impact of themes as diverse as Covid-19, crime, mental health, islamophobia and youth culture.
Music, TV and Film in a Changing WorldWith a specific focus on the 21st Century and the latter part of the 20th Century, this module will take you on a journey through key social changes and movements as reflected and shaped by music, TV and film. You will discuss a range of topics starting with the protest songs of the 1960s and explore how music has influenced and been shaped by key events and societal changes, and explore how film, TV and other media forms have highlighted society.
Independent Project (Sociology Dissertation)This independent project allows you to conduct an in-depth investigation into an aspect of sociology that particularly interests you. You may conduct business-related research or choose to research a topic that prepares you for your future career choice, or focus a subject that interested you during your degree.
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Where you could go after your studies
This BA (Hons) Sociology degree prepares you for a range of careers. You could work in a range of industries including welfare, education, social research and the government.
You will develop your research skills during the course so you could work as a researcher in large company or the Civil Service. Many students also go on to postgraduate studies and become independent researchers.
Potential careers include:
- Advice worker
- Community development worker
- Police officer
- Youth worker
- Probation officer
- Social Research
Course Fees 2022/23
Typical offers (individual offers may vary):
Non-standard Application Entry Routes
The University has an alternative entry route for applicants who have relevant skills and experience but who do not hold the formal minimum entry qualifications required. Applicants who demonstrate the necessary skills and experience to enter a course of higher education will be asked to complete an entry task involving the completion of specially set assignments.
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