Sociological Imagination (all students)
This module provides an introduction to a variety of key substantive sociological topics such as order and deviance; material inequality and social class; gender and the family; race and ethnicity, in relation to the research methods that have been used to produce our knowledge of these areas. The module will also allow you to develop a range of key undergraduate learning skills, to help you make the transition into Higher Education smoothly and effectively.
Theorising Modernity (all students)
This module, which works in tandem with ‘Sociological Imagination’, will give you an introduction to classical and contemporary sociological theory, and provide the groundwork for you to develop your capacity to think sociologically throughout your degree.
Who Am I? (all students except those combining Sociology with Psychology) This module draws not only upon sociology but also on cognate academic disciplines, to explore the nature of contemporary identity. It will also help you develop your skills of reflection, through applying insights from the social sciences to your own experiences.
Citizenship, Welfare and Policy (core for single honours students, and for those combining Sociology with Psychology)
This module will introduce you to the conceptual, theoretical, historical and empirical foundations of modern citizenship, and explore how these relate to government policies, both historically and in contemporary British society.
Likely optional modules
Being Sociological (single honours students)
This module is designed to enhance your ability to debate key sociological questions, and through doing so appreciate the contested nature of sociological knowledge. You will also have the opportunity to apply a sociological viewpoint to contemporary cultural phenomena such as films and novels.
Mind and Behaviour (single honours students)
The module will introduce you to some of the classic approaches in psychology, and in particular in social psychology – the closest cognate discipline to sociology.
Divisions, Diversity and Difference I (all students)
This module will develop your knowledge and understanding of a number of key themes first encountered in the first year, such as: the relationships between individuals and institutions; social change; politics and power; and social exclusion, inequality, diversity and difference.
Theory and Methods (core for single honours students)
This module will develop your ability to ask and answer sociological questions, through extending your knowledge and understanding both of contemporary sociological theory, and research methods.
Likely optional modules
Citizenship and Empowerment
This module will provide you with an informed understanding of the active practice of citizenship in contemporary Britain, building on relevant concepts and theories. It will also explore how empowered citizenship relates to structural disadvantage and individual and collective agency. This module also forms part of a ‘citizenship pathway’ in the degree, which is relevant to a future career in teaching.
Crime and Deviance (not available to students combining with Applied Criminology)
This module takes a reflective and critical approach to key perspectives, theories and issues in the field of criminology and social order. It also considers how key axes of inequality such as race and ethnicity, gender and age intersect with crime.
Medicine, Health and Society
The sociology of medicine is the largest sub discipline within sociology. This module focuses on two main themes: the history, power and dominance of biomedical knowledge and practice and how this may be interrogated sociologically; the relationship between social inequalities and health inequalities.
Research Skills: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis
This module has a both a conceptual and practical dimension to it. At a conceptual level, it will allow you to develop an in-depth appreciation of the strengths and limitations of various approaches to social research. At a practical level, you will get the chance to apply basic quantitative and qualitative research methods, sometimes working in conjunction with local community organisations.
Social Psychology of People and Groups (not available to students combining with Psychology)
With a focus on group dynamics, this module will allow you to develop a knowledge and understanding of social psychology, and of how the discipline relates to the other social sciences.
Sociology of Education
This module explores sociological insights into educational policy and practice in the UK, and how this relates to social stratification, social status and meritocracy. If you are considering teaching as a possible career choice, then this module will be of particular interest.
Sociology of Family Life
Building on the core year one Sociological Imagination module, you will explore continuity, change and diversity in intimate relationships, and current transitions in families. This module should be particularly relevant if you are considering entering social work or teaching as a career.
Divisions, Diversity and Difference II (all students)
This module will extend your understanding of the key sociological themes which were explored in Divisions, Diversity and Difference I. It specifically focuses on the intersections between different axes of social division. It will also help you prepare for life after university and develop your employability skills.
Individual Study (core for single honours students – either 20 or 40 credits)
This module aims to consolidate and deepen your sociological knowledge and understanding through autonomous work. Supported by a supervisor, you will define, design and execute an in-depth study on a topic of your choice. The 40 credit version may also involve original empirical research. (Both variants of this module are in principle also available to combined honours students, but certain prerequisites apply.)
Likely optional modules
Citizenship and Community
This module, which is part of the degree’s ‘citizenship pathway’, combines academic study with practical engagement. You will research, identify and negotiate a volunteering placement in a community setting, and then use knowledge gained in class and through independent research to reflect upon your experience. Please note: it is likely that you will need to secure Criminal Record Bureau clearances in order to take up your volunteering position, and you will need to meet any associated costs
Globalization and the Environment
This module will consider contemporary and historical aspects of globalisation, with a focus on the economic, political and cultural dimensions. It will then go on to consider how these impact on current environmental concerns, and how such debates can be theorised and conceptualised.
Mind, Body and Society
This module explores the intersections between key debates in the sociology of mental health, and the sociology of the body. The module will present case studies which illustrate the value of simultaneously studying the mind and body, focusing on topics such: schizophrenia; anorexia; obesity; ageing.
Race, Ethnicity and Society
This module will provide you with a firm grounding in the sociology of race and ethnicity, through an in-depth conceptual, theoretical, and empirical exploration of the roles played by processes of racialisation and othering.
Reading Social Texts
Designed to help you hone your critical reading and independent research skills, this module will give you the confidence and skill to engage successfully with challenging theoretical primary texts. If you are considering applying for a Masters degree or a PhD, this module would be a good choice.
Sexuality and Modernity
This module focuses on the relationship between sexuality and modernity. It problematises naturalistic understandings of sexuality, exploring questions of desire, pleasure, identity, sexual normativity and power in modernity from a broadly social constructionist perspective.
Youth and Popular Culture
Through reviewing historical, social and economic factors, this module will explore the contingent and dynamic nature of youth social action, within a context of social divisions.