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Sociology

BA (Hons)

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Easy to personalise

Choose your areas of specialism in the second and third years

UCAS code:
L300
Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Mode of study:
Full-time
Duration:
3 years
Academic year:
17 September 2018 - 21 June 2019
09 September 2019 - 19 June 2020
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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

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.

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.

Academic year

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Typically the majority of modules are 30 academic credits with a smaller number of 15 credit modules. Each credit taken equates to a total study time of around 10 hours. Total study time includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity. Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. All students take a total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits for the degree as a whole. Your overall grade for the course and your degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.  The full-time course has one start point in September.

Modules

This map is an indicative list of compulsory modules for 2018/2019 full-time undergraduate courses only. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module are subject to change in future years, and according to the mode of study, entry date, award type. In the event of any full-time 2018-2019 compulsory modules changing, we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Year 1 compulsory modules
Sociological Theory and Practice 1
Sociological Theory and Practice 2
Crime and Deviance 1
Crime and Deviance 2
Discovering Research Methods
Problems and Policy
Year 2 compulsory modules
Sociological Theory and Practice 3
Sociological Theory and Practice 4
Equality Matters: Issues for a Diverse Population
Researching Social Life
Year 3 compulsory modules
Dissertation
Global Sociology 1
Global Sociology 2

Entry requirements

  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM
  • Typical UCAS Offer: 112 points
  • A levels: BBC
  • BTEC: DMM

Facilities

Careers

Graduates from our Sociology degree have entered a wide range of rewarding and exciting careers. These include: community sector roles, education, the police, The Criminal Justice System, The Probation Service and social work

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratory practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of around 16-18 students. In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor at least twice a year. You will be taught in first-class learning spaces throughout your course. Many of our courses are accredited or recognised by professional, statutory or regulatory bodies.

Assessment

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Your course will provide you with opportunities to test your understanding of your subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally includes practice or ‘formative’ assessments, for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark. There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This includes a range of coursework assessments, such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations, final year, independent project and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

Learning support

In addition to the excellent support you will receive from your course teaching team, our central Academic Skills team provides group and one-to-one help to support your learning in a number of areas. These include study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills); written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy); academic writing (including how to reference); research skills; critical thinking and understanding arguments; and revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Additional support

Our Student Enabling Centre supports students with additional needs such as sensory impairment, or learning difficulties such as dyslexia.

Feedback

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

You will normally receive feedback on coursework assessments within 20 working days following the date of submission. Examination feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, generic feedback will be made available to all students who take written examinations.

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.

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,100 per year of study

For the academic year 2019/20 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Full-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£9,250 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£11,320 per year of study

For the academic year 2018/19 the tuition fees for this course are:

Mode of study
Part-time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£4,620 per year of study

UK, EU and Channel Island students: This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation. If the UK government passes appropriate legislation, the fee for subsequent years of study may increase in each academic year. But this increase will not exceed the rate of inflation as measured by RPIX**. Any change in fees will apply to both new and continuing students. The University will notify students of any change as early as possible. Further information about fee changes would be posted on the University’s website once this becomes available.

**RPIX is a measure of inflation equivalent to all the items in the Retail Price Index (RPI) excluding mortgage interest payments.

International (Non-EU) students: Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course, as long as you complete it in the normal time-frame (i.e. no repeat years or breaks in study).

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
17 September 2018
Stoke-on-Trent campus
BA (Hons)
Full-time
09 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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