Welcome to Sociology at Birmingham

We understand that it might be hard to picture what your first year at University will look like in these uncertain times. That's why we wanted to offer some materials to help you to get prepared and learn a little more about what Sociology at Birmingham is all about.

Hello from your Admissions Tutor

"Hello everyone. My name is Dr Frankie Rogan and I am a Lecturer in the department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology at the University of Birmingham. I am also the Admissions Tutor for the department so you may have met me if you've attended open days or offer holder days in the past. We are looking forward to welcoming you to our department in September and are working hard to prepare for your arrival. I hope you find this page useful, and we look forward to you joining our department soon!"

Frances Rogan

Summer reading

recommended by our lecturers

'Poverty Propaganda'
by Tracy Shildrick

Recommended by
Dr Emily Ball

"Tracy Shildrick's Poverty Propaganda explores how poverty is understood and experienced in contemporary Britain.

It does a great job of challenging many of the prevailing myths and misconceptions around the causes of income inequality. Shildrick has explored issues of poverty and inequality for many years and you can listen to her discuss some of this work on an episode of Thinking Allowed on the BBC Sounds website."

by Rachel O'Neill

Recommended by
Dr Frankie Rogan

"If you are interested in gender and sexuality, then Seduction is a great text.

It is based on Rachel O'Neill's ethnographic research into the so-called 'seduction community' and explores how things like neoliberalism and postfeminism (key terms you may encounter during your degree) intersect with sex and intimacy. You can also read an interview with the author of the book on the LSE Blog."

'On The Run'
by Alice Goffman

Recommended by
Professor Simon Pemberton

"Alice Goffman's On The Run is based on her ethnographic research of a Philadelphia neighbourhood and touches upon a range of issues that may be of interest to sociologists and criminologists alike: policing, surveillance, crime, and inequality. The book also sparked a debate around research ethics in the social sciences. These debates speak to some of the key issues that will be explored during your degree programme and may be interesting for you to think about. You can read some of these debates in a range of online publications, such as The New York Times."

More recommended reading

Download a PDF copy of our Introductory Guide to Sociology, which includes key concepts, recommended reading and links to online resources.

Bhambra, G.K., Gebrial, D. and Nişancıoğlu, K. (2018). Decolonising the University. London: Pluto Press. 

Smith, E. (2012). Key Issues in Education and Social Justice. London: SAGE. 

Woolfolk, A., Hughes, M. & Walkup, V. (2013). Psychology in Education. Essex: Pearson

Keenan, T., Evans, S. & Crowley, K. (2016). An Introduction to Child Development. London: Sage

K. Gilhooly, F. Lyddy & F. Pollick. (2014). Cognitive Psychology. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education

Davin, A. (1996) Growing up poor: home, school and street in London, 1870-1914. London: Rivers Oram Press

Brighouse, H. (2006) On Education. London: Routledge.

Rattansi, A.  (2011). Multiculturalism: A very short introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Dunlosky, J. & Rawson, K.A. (2019). The Cambridge Handbook of Cognition and Education. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Aldrich, R. (ed.) (2002) A Century of EducationLondon: Routledge/Falmer

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