The programme has been carefully designed to advance your skills and knowledge each year: from broad, introductory level modules in the first year to specialist options and a substantial piece of independent research in the final year.
Each year there is a balance between compulsory modules in the ‘core’ parts of the discipline (eg, theory and methods) and the chance for you to develop your own pathway with a range of specialist choices in and outside of Sociology. Each year students take 120 credits, typically six modules. (Note that as with all degree programmes, not all optional modules will be available every year).
Modules in the first year
In your first year you will be introduced to degree level sociology through Social Worlds and the Sociological Imagination, gain an understanding of stratification through Social Divisions, and learn the basics of research design and methods. In addition, you can select optional courses from a wide range of modules in or outside the department (for example, languages, politics, psychology, economics, social policy, history or African studies).
Compulsory core modules
Choose 40 credits from the list of Modules Outside the Main Discipline (MOMD) including language modules available from the Centre for Modern Languages. Amongst the popular options are:
- 20 credits - Introduction to African Culture
- 20 credits - Introduction to Social Policy (Social Policy)
- 20 credits - Social History of Modern Britain since 1870
- 20 credits - Social Issues and Social Policy (Social Policy)
Modules in the second year
The second year builds on these foundations by developing your understanding of Modern Sociological Theory, and introducing debates about the nature of Global Societies. You can choose a specialist option in either Gender and Sexuality or Ethnic Relations, and receive more advanced methods training in data analysis and preparation for your final year dissertation. In addition, you can again choose from a range of optional modules in or outside the department.
Compulsory core modules
One of the following must be taken (you can take both):
Please choose modules to fulfil your remaining 120 credits. NOTE: you are also eligible to take POLSIS modules.
- 20 Credits - Contemporary Russian and East European Politics
- 20 Credits - African Popular Culture
- 20 Credits - British Politics
- 20 Credits - Film-making practices A & B
- 20 Credits - Foundations of Twentieth Century American Literature and Culture
- 20 Credits - Criminal Justice Systems
- 20 Credits - European Societies: a cross-cultural perspective
- 20 Credits - Modern Political Thought
- 20 Credits - New migration and super-diversity
- 20 Credits - Poverty, Wealth and Inequality
- 20 Credits - Social Theory and Social Policy
- 20 Credits - The Place of Business in Society
- 20 Credits - Teaching and Learning in School
Modules in the final year
The focus of the third year is your independent, supervised dissertation which brings together your research skills on a project defined by you. Your training in key sociological ideas is completed with a module on Contemporary Social Theory, and you can then specialise in the areas of the discipline that interest you most. Our teaching staff, who are active researchers, run options in their own specialist fields including the family, political sociology, celebrity culture, the sociology of technology, religion and society and ethnicity and migration.
If you want to take advantage of a unique opportunity to be supported with a work placement opportunity as part of your final year, this course includes the opportunity to undertake a 'Professional Development' module as part of your optional module choices.
Please choose at least 40 credits from the following options. NOTE: you are also eligible to take POLSIS modules.
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.