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).
- The Sociological Imagination
- Social Research I
- Introduction to Social Divisions
- Sociology of Everyday Life
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.
Core modules (20 credits)
- Modern Sociological Theory
- Social Research II
At least one of the following must be taken:
- Gender and Sexuality
- Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
- Poverty, Class and Inequality
Choose your remaining credits from the following:
- Self and Society
- Media and Society
- Global Societies
- Disability and Social Policy
- Comparative Social Policy
- Managing Health and Social Care
- Terror, Threat and Security
- Punishment in a Global Context
- Global Education: Issues, Opportunities, Futures
- Education, Policy and Social Justice
- Housing and Communities
Your third year will be spent abroad at a university in the EU or elsewhere in the world. After completing your year abroad, you will return for your fourth and final year to the same BA degree programme.
There are a wide range of countries and universities from which you can choose.
As well as a range of European universities, you may also choose from a range of current institutional partners worldwide. These include countries in which a variety of languages are spoken, including universities at which courses are taught in English. In recent years, students in the department have taken their year abroad in Australia, Canada, Denmark and the United States, among others.
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.
- Contemporary Social Theory
Choose three from the following:
- Political Sociology
- Technology and Society
- 'Freedom', Control and Critique
- Sociology of Success and Fame
- Sociology of Film
- Migration and Super Diversity
- Your Money and Your Life
- Harmful Societies
- Sociology of Personal Life
- Divided Publics
- Crime and the City
- Sociology of Health and Illness
- Children as Citizens
- Gender and Education
- Quantitave Analysis I and Quantitave Analysis II
- Prospects for Social Policy in the UK
- Professional Development Module
Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2019. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.