In the first year you will explore the introductory core theories (both classical and modern) as well as key issues and concepts that underpin the discipline of sociology.
You will be challenged to address your own preconceptions of society whilst encouraged to consider the variety of ethical and social justice issues that arise in a modern, globalised society. Key research techniques will also be introduced which are used to enhance our understanding of society. The year ends with a professional placement, following a period of placement preparation activities.
You will build upon your core knowledge to gain a detailed understanding of the contemporary and global social issues that sociologists have analysed, which may include: consumerism, globalisation, and contemporary social inequalities. Alongside the core sociology of year two, you also have the opportunity to specialise exploring topics such as sociology and religion, politics and culture, or children’s rights. You will further develop your understanding of contemporary research practices before finishing the year completing a second professional placement.
In year three you will have the opportunity to further specialise in your sociological studies exploring topics such as: gender and society, the sociology of childhood, prisons and punishment, or the sociology of sport. In addition to the contemporary sociology module choices you will apply all of your knowledge to undertake an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice in your dissertation, or, alternatively, undertake an independent social project.
On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following: