Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 3 years full-time
UCAS code: L300
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Our Sociology degree is concerned with understanding the relationships between people in contemporary societies. We cover compelling issues such as equality, social justice and the impact of living in diverse populations.

This course uses empirical research combined with critical analysis to understand social order, disorder and change. It is crucial to developing social policy. It's ideal if you're interested in issues such as equality, social justice and the impact of living in a diverse population.

During your degree you'll assess different theoretical perspectives on the social world and you'll develop an understanding of various research methods in the analysis of multifarious social processes and the most contemporary issues facing society today. Throughout your course you'll have the opportunity to engage in subjects such as drug use, education, homelessness, surveillance, security, poverty, unemployment, sexuality, ethnicity, gender, deviance, social problems and policy.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BA (Hons) Sociology

Course content

Our wide variety of modules will provide you with a basic grounding in all areas of sociology. You can then choose which area you would like to specalise in for your second and third years. You’ll also be able to engage in real research projects and contribute to the development of sociological knowledge.

Throughout all three years, you’ll get to take a variety of optional modules that cover topics such as: illicit drug use, prostitution, homosexuality, transnational organised crime and the human body. In your final year, you’ll complete a dissertation focusing on a topic of your choice.

When you finish the course, you’ll be capable of independent judgement, self-reflection and critical debate. You will also be able to report on issues defined as problematic.

Modules

This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course. 

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Sociological Theory and Practice 1 Compulsory
Crime and Deviance 1 Compulsory
Discovering Research Methods Compulsory
Problems and Policy Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Sociological Theory and Practice 2 Compulsory
Crime and Deviance 2 Compulsory
Discovering Research Methods Compulsory
Problems and Policy Compulsory

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Sociological Theory and Practice 3 Compulsory
Equality Matters: Issues for a Diverse Population Compulsory
Researching Social Life Compulsory
Why Is It Kicking Off Everywhere? Protest, Resistance and Policing Optional
The Sociology of Health Optional
Doing Drugs: Policing Illegal Drug Use Optional
Refugees and Immigrants Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Sociological Theory and Practice 4 Compulsory
Researching Social Life Compulsory
Gender, Sexuality and Society Optional
Forensic Anthropology: Criminal Investigations and Police Work Optional
Sociology of Education Optional
Professional Practice Placement Optional

Year 3

Semester 1
Module title
Dissertation Compulsory
Global Sociology 1 Compulsory
Why Is It Kicking Off Everywhere? Protest, Resistance and Policing Optional
The Sociology of Health Optional
Doing Drugs: Policing Illegal Drug Use Optional
Refugees and Immigrants Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Dissertation Compulsory
Global Sociology 2 Compulsory
Gender, Sexuality and Society Optional
Forensic Anthropology: Criminal Investigations and Police Work Optional
Sociology of Education Optional
Professional Practice Placement Optional

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.