About Sociology at Birmingham
Developing the sociological imagination means cultivating your own informed and critical understanding of the social world around you, arriving at insights that go much deeper than the information presented in the media which ‘skims the surface’ of events.
Each year, students take core modules in the major parts of the discipline, combined with options which enable them to specialise in their own particular interests. Core modules focus on sociological theory, which addresses the big questions about the nature of social change and experience, and research methods and analysis, which provides the hands on tools for conducting social research. There is also a core focus on globalisation and dimensions of social stratification, such as gender and ethnicity.
Optional modules provide the chance to develop personal interests, working with researchers in areas such as the sociology of the family; the sociology of technology; the sociology of religion; political sociology and celebrity culture. There are also a wide range of optional modules available in other areas such as politics, social policy, philosophy, African studies, theology, history and modern languages. In the final year students undertake an individually supervised dissertation project on a topic of their choice and design.
Throughout the degree, key questions include;
- What are the major social forces (such as globalisation) shaping the world today?
- What do these mean for the nature of group and individual experience and identity?
- What control do we have over the direction of social change? Can we imagine alternatives?
Our students develop crucial transferable skills for future careers. You will develop knowledge of contemporary social processes, the ability to analyse a wide variety of information and present your analysis in a clear and coherent form. You will learn how to work with others in groups and develop your own independent research skills. Our graduates achieve success in a wide variety of careers in both the public and private sectors, as well as in postgraduate study.
Degrees and Courses
Sociology at Birmingham offers a number of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Masters degree programmes, as well as an active PhD programme.
Study in the School of Government and Society and you will have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of exciting and forward thinking undergraduate programmes with the opportunity to examine some of the most important political issues of the 21st century.
Degrees with year abroad:
The Birmingham study abroad programme has a long-standing reputation for attracting students from across the world.
Sociology Undergraduate Brochure (PDF 1.21MB).
With this Masters degree you are able to explore critically the development of social and political theory and the key current debates. The sociological component of this degree is run by the Social Theory research cluster, which has strengths in: critical theory; postmodernism; critical realism; the philosophy of the social sciences; theories of modernity; social movements, and reflexivity.
Completing a research degree develops specialist knowledge in your field and professional skills for a range of business settings. Whether you're interested in a career in academia or in the private or government spheres, you will be equipped with valuable skills that will make you competitive, no matter your chosen career path.
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Staff in Sociology
Sociology academics include:
Sociological Research at Birmingham
Sociology at Birmingham has a thriving research culture with staff publishing and supervising graduate students in the following areas:
- Critical Theory
- Feminist Theory
- Gender and the Family
- Philosophy of the Social Sciences
- Political Sociology
- Post-Colonialism and Ethnicity
- Religion and Faith
- Social Theory
- Status and Celebrity
- Technology and Culture