Sociology

BA or BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Sociology 2016/17

It is easy to take society and our place within it for granted. Sociology seeks instead to question, explore and ultimately understand how societies are organised, and how this affects each of us. The subject matter is therefore diverse, fascinating and relevant to everyday life − whether or not students have studied the subject before. Perhaps more than anything, sociology is a way of thinking, an insatiable curiosity about the world. Studying sociology enables students to think differently, to think critically and analytically about their life and its context. This is called the ‘sociological imagination’.

Our students find that we put them at the heart of everything we do. The sociology team has a national reputation for excellent and innovative teaching, underpinned by research and scholarship and we go out of our way to foster a warm, welcoming atmosphere and community spirit. The emphasis is on ensuring that our students achieve their full potential and acquire the skills that they need for learning and future employment.

Key questions within sociology include: what gives society order, and why do some people break the rules? How and why do societies change over time? How do norms and values influence our thinking and actions? How and why is society divided? How does power work, and why do some people have it when others don’t? How do individual actions shape the social world?

The degree programme is distinctive in its approach to learning and teaching. The programme has used its own ‘sociological imagination’ to reflect on how to best deliver the degree, putting emphasis on creating a friendly, supportive and inclusive learning environment. The teaching staff are all approachable and committed to helping students achieve their potential.

The programme is built around a number of core modules that engage students with key sociological themes, questions and concepts. In the first year students receive a grounding in sociological theory and methods which together foster both knowledge and understanding of the social world. The first year offer also explores a number of interesting contemporary questions such as deviance, inequality, social change and identity.

In addition, from their second year, students take core modules in Divisions, Diversity and Difference, and are also able to choose from a variety of exciting optional modules, allowing them to pursue their own interests and direct their future careers, such as: Social and Political Theory; Crime, Deviance and Social Order; Health; Education; Family Life; Social Psychology; Citizenship; Philosophy; Sexuality and Mental Illness; and Research Methods. Many students choose to culminate their degree by undertaking an Individual Study on a topic of their choice.

Common to all our modules is a commitment to dynamic, responsive and innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. We combine lectures, essays and exams with group work, directed studies, portfolio work, presentations, field trips, hands on research and placements.

Our students acquire an array of transferable skills, such as: critical and analytical thinking; working with others; effective written and spoken communication; the ability to research, collate and synthesise information; time and task management; self-reflection; and an appreciation of the impact of social factors on people’s lives. These are valued by many employers. Moreover, from the first year we encourage students to reflect on their developing portfolio of skills and achievements, and to match these to potential employment routes. Our graduates have entered such occupations as: teaching (primary, secondary and further education); social and youth work; the probation service; local and central government; human resource management; social research; the police force; and journalism.

Single Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Sociological Imagination
  • Theorising Modernity
  • Who Am I?
  • Being Sociological
  • Mind & Behaviour: Psychological Perspectives
  • Citizenship, Welfare and Social Policy

Year 2

Core:

  • Divisions, Diversity and Difference I
  • Theory and Methods

Optional modules:

  • Citizenship and Empowerment
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Medicine, Health and Society
  • Research Skills
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Family Life
  • Social Psychology of People and Groups

Year 3

Core:

  • Divisions, Diversity and Difference II
  • Individual Study

Optional modules:

  • Citizenship and Community
  • Globalisation and Environment
  • Mind, Body and Society
  • Race, Ethnicity and Society
  • Reading Social Texts
  • Sexuality and Modernity
  • Youth and Popular Culture

Combined Honours Modules

Year 1

Core:

  • Sociological Imagination
  • Theorising Modernity
  • Who Am I?

Year 2

Core:

  • Divisions, Diversity and Difference I

Optional modules:

  • Citizenship and Empowerment
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Food, Culture and Society
  • Medicine, Health and Society
  • Research Skills
  • Sociology of Education
  • Sociology of Family Life
  • Social Psychology of People and Groups

Year 3

Core:

  • Divisions, Diversity and Difference II

Optional modules:

  • Citizenship and Community
  • Globalisation and Environment
  • Mind, Body and Society
  • Race, Ethnicity and Society
  • Reading Social Texts
  • Sexuality and Modernity
  • Youth and Popular Culture

Optional module availability will be dependent on staffing and student choice.

Fees

The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:

 UK/EUOverseas*
Full-time

£9,000**

£11,000

Part-time

N/A

N/A

Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

The Sociology team has a national reputation for excellence in teaching, reflecting its innovative, student centred approach. The emphasis is on ensuring the social, academic and cultural integration of students such that they develop to be autonomous learners. Learning strategies include:        

  • proactive personal academic tutoring (including personal development planning)
  • varied approaches to face-to-face teaching including: interactive lectures, workshops, tutorials, seminars, field trips and orientation sessions
  • an interactive ‘Virtual Learning Environment’ that provides students with resources and challenges that they can tackle at their own pace
  • the integration of opportunities to develop subject, study and employability skills within the curriculum
  • independent reading and research, and directed study both individually and in groups
  • integration of peer-supported learning into the curriculum
  • work-based learning and practical research opportunities 

The Sociology team views assessment as part of the overall learning experience and so places an emphasis on providing frequent, detailed and personalised feedback to students. The Programme uses a variety of assessment techniques to develop students’ academic skills and enhance their employability. These include: essays (timed, formal and extended), examinations (seen and un-seen, short-answer and multiple choice formats), presentations, group work, portfolios, reports, reflective journals, and independent research. The team provides targeted support prior to assessments (including very detailed assessment criteria) and extensive written and verbal feedback.

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