Why study sociology?
Sociology is an exciting and challenging discipline which studies society, culture and institutions and helps us to make sense of global and social change.
Our sociology degrees will provide you with a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to make sense of the social world. We offer a stimulating and demanding programme covering both traditional and radical new perspectives of sociology. Issues such as class, gender, sexuality and ethnicity are considered alongside environmentalism, death, pleasure, science, virtual space and violence – to name a few.
In the study of sociology there is a strong emphasis upon developing the skills necessary for understanding and evaluating social theory and undertaking research. This is an important aspect in the transferability of the university experience into the world of work.
Lecturers in sociology are centrally involved in national and international sociological research cultures, publishing and speaking to national and international audiences. Our ongoing work fully informs our teaching, making it contemporary, innovative and dynamic.
Undergraduate courses in sociology
At undergraduate level, we offer sociology as a full degree or alongside other subject areas to form a number of joint honours degrees:
- Sociology BA(Hons)
- Applied Psychology and Sociology BA(Hons)
- Sociology and Social Policy BA(Hons)
- Criminology and Sociology BA(Hons)
- Politics and Sociology BA(Hons)
- Applied Social Science BA(Hons)
The joint degree combinations allow you to engage with two subject areas. Links between sociology and the other joint degree subject are explored during independent study, and through research projects and literature analysis and review.
Our sociology degrees enable students to acquire the essential research skills needed for investigating experience and behaviour. They are supported in developing the ability to conduct research independently.
There are also opportunities for international study on our exchange programme, and to undertake a community-based placement in year 2 or 3.