Discover what makes society tick, what the glue that holds it together is and the threats that could rip it apart; sociology is rapidly becoming more relevant in our contemporary world and as a result, the number and range of job opportunities has escalated.
Taught by expert sociologists, this robustly academic social science course integrates global perspectives throughout the three years of study, providing a broader outlook and understanding of issues in society.
As well as benefiting from a huge breadth of subjects, which will give you a solid grounding in sociological concepts, theories and research, you’ll get to participate in exciting seminars and lectures held by an exciting and eclectic mix of guest speakers. Most importantly though, you’ll have the distinct advantage of completing a second or third year, 30-week or 20-day work placement, which gives you a professional skillset and crucial contacts as well as making you more employable.
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The entry requirements for this course are 104 tariff points from 3 A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. BTEC Extended Diploma of DMM.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you can understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.
For Sociology, we are looking for applicants who:
have an interest in the subject as well as the motivation and commitment to undertake the course
can demonstrate personal skills and qualities relevant to the course
have an ability to read, digest and analyse information
can work independently as well as in groups.
Families & Kinship in Contemporary Society: The overall aim of this unit is to introduce you to the complexity of family constellations and their meanings in contemporary societies. You will be introduced to the sociology of families, competing definitions, social policies relating to families, and comparative international family practices as they constitute and are constituted by their members.
Social Exclusion & Discrimination: This unit explores the nature, lived experience, impact and possible causes of social exclusion and discrimination, using sociological and anthropological approaches. You will apply relevant sociological and anthropological enquiry to explore social exclusion, inequality, discrimination and oppression.
Introduction to Social Research: This unit offers a broad introduction to sociological and anthropological methods and approaches to research. You will be introduced to a range of classic and contemporary examples of social research and will develop your knowledge of research methods and methodologies in dedicated skills workshops. Finally, you will be encouraged to carry out your own supervised group project into social phenomena.
Introduction to Social Theory: This unit introduces you to key social theory that has informed classical and contemporary sociology and anthropology. Such theories will be embedded in the historical and philosophical context of the analysis of Western society and its social forms.
Understanding Rural & Urban Communities: This unit aims to provide you with a broad overview of the development of urban and rural communities. You will be encouraged to consider the ways in which ‘rural’ and ‘urban’ are represented in contemporary society, and how this impacts upon both individual and community identity and participation.
Introduction to Criminology & the Criminal Justice System: This unit offers an introductory exploration of crime, the discipline and study of criminology, drawing on international perspectives, and the history and development of the criminal justice system and penology, especially in the UK. There will also be scope for international comparison of approaches to crime and punishment in developed and less developed societies.
Methods & Methodologies in the Social Sciences: You’ll broaden your understanding and familiarity with core social research design, modes of analysis and methodologies, including qualitative, quantitative and emancipatory methods.
Globalisation & Marginalisation: You’ll explore how a series of global processes, institutions, and flows (of people, capital and commodities, for example) generate complex forms of inequality and marginalisation in the contemporary world, as well as some of the ways in which these developments are challenged and opposed.
Histories of Social Policy & Social Welfare: This unit will provide you with a broad overview of the historical development of social policy and social welfare systems in British, European, and international contexts. You will critically examine how welfare policies are bound up with the development of the modern state, and how they are linked to changing perspectives and ideologies of inequalities associated with class, gender and race.
Option units (choose three)
Growing Up & Growing Old
Love & Intimacy in Contemporary Society
In Sickness, Disability & Health
Into the Field
Ethnographies of Crime & Policing
Placement: You´ll complete an optional minimum 30-week placement which can be carried out anywhere in the world. The placement year offers you a chance to gain experience and make contacts for the future.
Dissertation: The final-year project provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate your intellectual, analytic and creative abilities through independent inquiry of a chosen topic within the broad parameters of sociology.
Politics & Ideology: This unit assists you to understand the political processes and ideologies that may be key drivers in the development of policy and governance at the organizational and societal level.
Terrorism, Protection & Society: The aim of this unit is to introduce you to many of the complex issues involved in conceptualising and responding to terrorism and protection in contemporary societies. You will be introduced to protection and counter-terrorism as a form of social regulation and control of individuals and ‘deviant’ groups (micro and meso issues) and prescribing ways in which society is ordered in an age of terrorist threat (macro-political issues). You will develop a deep critical understanding of the ways in which meanings are constructed and how these impact on social life.
Option units (choose two)
Anthropology of International Policy & Intervention.
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