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A Sociology degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills to critically engage issues such as globalisation, the changing nature of work and the family, gender roles and sexuality, multiculturalism, the impact of the media and information technologies, and new forms of politics. 

It is important to keep up with academic and topical debate as well as current affairs to broaden your understanding. Below we have listed some useful resources that can get you started:


Social Science Bites

Thinking Allowed

The Sociological Review

New Books in Sociology


Online resources

Discover Society is an online journal which cuts across politics, economics, sociology, criminology and social policy – a truly social science publication. It offers lots of topical debates and discussions which will be relevant to your studies. 

The Conversation is a website which contains short articles on a range of subjects written by academics. These articles are written in a more journalistic fashion than ordinary academic articles and is a great resource to help keep up with current academic debates.



Social Divisions, Geoff Payne

The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology, Aldon D. Morris

The Sociological Imagination, C. Wright Mills

The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, Erving Goffman

Poverty Propaganda, Tracy Shildrick

Seduction, Rachel O'Neill

On The Run, Alice Goffman