Sociology

BA or BSc single honours or in combination with another subject Sociology 2020/21

Year of entry

Join our vibrant and inclusive learning community to investigate the ways in which social life is organised, structured and experienced. You will be supported and inspired through our interactive teaching and our commitment to personal tutoring.

Alongside a wealth of exciting modules, you can take advantage of volunteering opportunities and the chance to reflect academically on any paid work that you undertake. The course has been designed to enhance your employment prospects through the offer of modules that support particular career pathways, and a curriculum that prepares you for work as well as postgraduate study.

You will explore areas including:

  • contemporary social issues and problems
  • classical and contemporary sociological theory
  • research methods

Sociology

Top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction with the quality of the course.

The Guardian University League Tables 2019

Sociology is a fascinating subject that investigates the ways in which social life is organised, structured and experienced. There are many good reasons to study Sociology with us. Students say our teaching is excellent, and that they feel supported, engaged and inspired. Our course is designed to develop your 'sociological imagination' – a transferable critical and analytical capacity which is valued by employers. Through interactive teaching and our commitment to personal tutoring we work hard to produce a vibrant, supportive and inclusive learning community.

The course has been designed to enhance your employment prospects through modules that support particular career pathways, prepare you for the world of work, provide volunteering opportunities and the chance to reflect academically on any paid work you do. Our teaching is underpinned by research and there are excellent opportunities to get involved with research projects, both within the curriculum and through our research internship scheme.

Our teaching staff are all approachable and committed to helping you to achieve your potential. Common to all our modules is a commitment to dynamic, responsive and innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. Almost all the teaching on the course is undertaken by experienced members of staff who are either Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards Fellowship. In the 2017 National Student Survey, 97% of our Sociology students were satisfied with the quality of their course.

The Sociology team is also very proud of the opportunities it gives to students to apply their sociological imaginations in practical contexts. For instance, in our second year research skills module, our students undertake a piece of actual research, usually for a local charity. Here they devise a research question, construct questionnaires and interview schedules, undertake the data collection, master and use data analysis packages and write a final report. This is valuable both for the organisation and the student, who acquires transferable skills and experience.

Top reason to choose this course

On our degree you will be encouraged not just to learn about Sociology, but to study Sociology in a friendly, supportive, student focused context.

Work experience

Our volunteering module in the third year gives our students the opportunity to apply theory in practice, hone their skills of critical reflection and gain valuable work experience. Such opportunities help our students become informed, responsible, ethically sensitive citizens.

Awards

Our teaching team is regularly nominated for the Student Union Golden Apple Awards and members of the team have received Canterbury Christ Church University Teaching Excellence Awards. In 2011 we were awarded the National Award for Excellence in Teaching Sociology from the British Sociological Association (BSA) and the Subject Network for Learning and Teaching Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (CSAP).

Who is this course for?

Our degree is distinctive in its approach to learning and teaching. The course 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. If you have a passion for studying Sociology, and this sounds like a place you would thrive in, then this could be the ideal course for you.

“I just wanted to say thank you to all of you for making my time at Canterbury Christ Church a truly amazing one through the support, knowledge and kindness you have all shown me. I have loved every moment of being a part of the undergraduate Sociology programme. Thank you for making me love Sociology even more than I did before and encouraging me to explore it further in areas I would have never thought of.”

Alice Rowe, Graduated 2015  

Sociology

93% for teaching quality in Sociology.

National Student Survey 2017

Our Sociology course focuses on a number of broad areas and considers how they interrelate. These include:

  • Key Substantive Sociological Themes, such as: social order, deviance and power, material inequality and social class, gender, sexuality and the family, race and ethnicity, social change, education, citizenship, globalisation
  • Classical and Contemporary Sociological Theory: the different ways of conceptualising social relations and social problems which underpin sociological thought
  • Research Methods: the various means by which knowledge of societies can be produced

The course is built around a number of core modules that engage students with key sociological themes, questions and concepts. In the first year you will 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.

Work experience

Many third year students engage in volunteering as part of their degree, which can enhance their employability. In fact five of the 22 students who took our volunteering module in 2014/15 were offered employment by the organisation they had volunteered for.

Other information

The Engaging Sociology event series has afforded our students the opportunity to hear leading sociologists such as Anthony Giddens, Mike Savage and Frank Furedi speak on contemporary issues.

Core modules

We continually review and, where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. We will inform applicants of any changes to the course structure before enrolment.

Year 1

Becoming a Sociologist (20 credits, semester 1)
Thinking Sociologically (20 credits, semester 2)

Core for all students

Together, these two core modules will give you the grounding you need to be an effective sociology undergraduate. They will introduce you 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); the distinctive concepts and theories that sociology uses to analyse social problems; sociology’s own history, and the how this affects the creation of sociological knowledge and understanding. Additionally, they will allow you to acquire a range of key undergraduate learning skills, to help you make the transition into Higher Education smoothly and successfully.

Doing Social Research (20 credits, semester 1 or 2)

Core for all students

This is an introduction to key research methodologies, which both complements the conceptual material covered in Thinking Sociologically, and prepares students for the optional Level 5 Research Skills module. This module will enable you appreciate the interdependent relationship between theory and research, the ethical dimensions of research, and the part they play in the research process. Single honours and some combined honours students will take this module in semester 2; other combined honours students will take this module in semester 1, depending on the timetabling of their other programme.

Sociological Insights (20 credits, semester 1)

Core for single honours students only

This module complements the themes covered in Becoming a Sociologist, through engaging students with key classic and modern sociological texts. This way you will not only get to know the sociological canon, but will also hone your reading, writing and discursive skills.

Introduction to Social Policy (20 credits, semester 1)

Core for single honours students only

This module will introduce you to the history of social policy, alongside the intellectual approaches that have informed policy developments from the early twentieth century to the present day. You will explore the links between theoretical analysis and empirical enquiry with respect to a range of contemporary issues, such as health and health promotion, education, work and unemployment, housing, ageing, child care, youth, and disability.

Theorising Citizenship (20 credits, semester 2)

Core for single honours students only

This module explores the notion of citizenship, through reviewing a number of relevant theoretical traditions and related socio-­political concepts, and their connections to social policy.

Year 2

Growing Up In Society (20 credits, semester 1)

Core for all students

This module covers some of the most popular content in the degree – the sociologies of education, families and generations. Through a critical exploration of primary and secondary socialisation, you will develop your understanding of the systematic connections between individuals and social and cultural forces and processes.

Space, Place and Social Exclusion (20 credits, semester 2)

Core for all students

This module examines social diversity and social exclusion, extending what you will have learned in the core modules at Level 4 (first year). The assessment for this module has been designed to give you the opportunity to develop key skills for work as well as university study. In conjunction with a local employer, you will be assigned a ‘live brief’ problem to solve, and will engage with qualitative, quantitative and digital data sources.

Power/Knowledge? Re: Thinking Sociologically (20 credits, semester 1)

Core for single honours students, option for combined honours students

This module aims to develop students’ conceptual and reflexive abilities, by a critical engagement with how the sociological project is located in relation to the ‘European Enlightenment’, why this is problematic, and how sociology might go forward into the 21C. It will do this through an exploration of late modern social theory and contrasting forms of social thought, in relation to associated debates concerning science, truth, knowledge and power.

Work, Self and Society (20 credits, semester 1)

Core for single honours students, option for combined honours students

In this module you will explore major perspectives from the sociology of work, and how these intersect with other key sociological themes such as class, gender, technology, culture and personal identity. The module also has a focus on employability, and includes work shadowing as part of the assessment.

Year 3

Colonial Worlds, Decolonial Sociology (20 credits, semester 1)

Core for all students

Building on the sociological understandings explored in the Level 4 and 5 core modules, this module aim to critically explore how different axes of difference and disadvantage intersect, and are located in relation to specific social, political, cultural and economic processes, at a global level.

Gender, Sexuality and Modernity (20 credits, semester 2)

Core for all students

In this module, students will explore the complex relationships between gender, sexuality, identity, desire and power in (patriarchal, colonial, capitalist) modernity. To achieve this, it will engage with classic and contemporary debates at both the substantive and theoretical levels.

Individual Study (various formats – details below)

Core for single honours students, optional for combined honours students; prerequisites apply in some cases

All single honours students must undertake an individual study, but can choose from three different formats.

  1. The 20 Credit Individual Study aims to consolidate and deepen your sociological knowledge and understanding through autonomous work. Working with a designated supervisor, you will be required to define, design and execute an in-depth, literature based, study of your own choice. This module normally runs in semester 2, except for students who have selected the Citizenship and Community option, who must take it across both semesters.
  2. The 40 Credit Individual Study is similar to the 20 credit version, in that you will work with a supervisor to define, design and undertake autonomous, literature based research on a topic of your choice. Such projects will be more conceptually / theoretically focussed than the 20 credit studies, and will pursue their analyses to a greater degree of detail and sophistication. This module runs across both semesters, and would be well suited to students considering post-graduate study.
  3. Students may register for a combination of two linked modules, Individual Research Design (semester 1) and Individual Empirical Research (semester 2)*. Together, these two modules give you the opportunity to engage in 40 credits worth of individual empirical study. Working with a supervisor, in Individual Research Design you will produce a viable research proposal, including a literature review and detailed methodology, on a topic of your choice. In Individual Empirical Research, you will undertake the research project in semester 1, and produce a research report.

* You must pass Individual Research Design in semester 1 to be able to complete Individual Empirical Research in semester 2.

Likely optional modules

Year 2

Citizenship and Protest (20 credits, semester 2)

This module will provide you with an informed understanding of the active practice of citizenship in contemporary Britain, building on relevant concepts and theories. Additionally, it will explore how empowered citizenship relates to structural disadvantage and individual and collective agency.

Crime, Deviance and Law (20 credits, semester 2)

Optional, ­not available to students combining with Applied Criminology

Building on discussions of social order and deviance begun at Level 4, students who take this module will develop an understanding of the role of law in constructing, maintaining and challenging narratives of crime and deviance, in specific socio-historical contexts. This module will support students in preparing for careers in policing, criminal justice and local government.

Research Skills: Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis (20 credits, semester 2)

Building on the Level 4 module Doing Social Research, this module is designed to equip you with practical research skills. It will allow you to develop an in-­depth appreciation of the strengths and limitations of various approaches to social research, and also to apply quantitative and qualitative research methods in practice, often working in conjunction with a local community organisation.

Social Psychology of People and Groups (20 credits, semester 2)

Optional ­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 Sport (20 credits, semester 2)

On this module you will critically examine key issues in sport, both nationally and globally, in relation to key sociological themes such as gender, disability, race, body image, violence, and crime, as well as exploring legal and ethical issues in sport such as doping.

Year 3

Citizenship and Community (20 credits – across both semesters) (­prerequisites apply)

This module 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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearances in order to take up your volunteering position, and you may need to meet any associated costs. Students who take this module must also take a 20 Credit Individual Study.

Contemporary Controversies (20 credits – may be run in either semester 1 or semester 2)

Sociology is not a static discipline, but must constantly adapt and apply its distinctive perspectives and insights to emergent, ‘live’ issues. In this module you will get the opportunity to explore a contemporary, sociologically relevant issue in-depth, grounded in current staff research. As such, the content of the module will vary from year to year depending on what ‘live’ issue is being studied. Students will advised of the details of the each year’s offer at the end of Level 5 so they can make an informed choice as to whether they’d like to take this module.

Globalisation and the Environment (20 credits)

This module will consider contemporary and historical aspects of globalisation, with a focus on the economic, political and cultural dimensions. It will go on to consider how these impact on current environmental concerns, and how such debates can be theorised and conceptualised.

Medical Power and Knowledge (20 credits)

Medical sociology – the largest sociological sub-discipline - provides an analytical context for understanding health, illness and health care. Drawing on the wealth of empirical and theoretical work within this sub-discipline, this module provides a critical analysis of medical practice and institutions, the production of what counts as medical knowledge, and the social, political and cultural effects of medical practice.

Reading Social Texts (20 credits)

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 Master’s degree or a PhD, this module would be a good choice.

Youth and Popular Culture (20 credits)

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.

Through studying Sociology with us you will acquire a variety of transferable skills such as critical and analytical thinking, working with others, effective written and spoken communication, research, time and task management, self-­reflection and an appreciation of the impact of social factors on people’s lives. These skills are valued by many employers. Our graduates have entered such occupations as teaching (primary, secondary and further education), social and youth work, probation, local and central government, human resource management, social research, the police force and journalism.

“I am just writing to update you on the positive impact of your sociology programme on my job prospects and future employability/development. I am now working for Notting Hill Housing, a not-for-profit housing association in London. The Citizenship and the Community module really did help to make me more employable by widening my understanding of the world, and giving me practical experience which directly translates into employable skills. Throughout the interview process for my job, the fact that I had the practical applications of the volunteering gave me the confidence to discuss charities/ not-for-profit organisations and I believe my employers were very impressed when I told them about the Citizenship module and the experience I gained from it.”

Andy Alcock, Christ Church graduate

Fees

Tuition Fees for 2020/21 have not yet been finalised. Course webpages will be updated with Tuition Fee information once these have been agreed.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

Course specific costs

CategoryDescription
Field Trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) We offer an optional one day field trip to Margate. This requires the purchase of a return train ticket from Canterbury to Margate (to be purchased on the day of the field trip), the cost of which must be borne by the students. At the time of writing an off-peak return ticket is £5.50
Travel and Accommodation costs for Placements This applies to one module only (Citizenship and Community, level VI). Such travel costs will vary depending on the location of the student’s home address and of their placement.
DBS / Health Checks

This applies to one module only (Citizenship and Community, level VI). Students may have to undergo a (DBS) check. There is a charge for this process of £52. To date such costs have been borne by the host organisations, although it is conceivable that a student might have to fund their own. However, as part of this module students are expected to research and identify their own volunteering placement, so they will be aware of any such costs before committing to the placement.

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.

Sociology

94% of our Sociology students were satisfied with their learning opportunities.

National Student Survey 2017

Teaching

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials, supervisions and directed studies. The precise mode of delivery, and the number of contact hours you will have per week, will vary depending on the modules you take in each semester.

You will be expected to attend the taught sessions and contribute to group activities. Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.  In addition, you will meet with your academic personal tutor. 

You will be expected to undertake independent reading and research throughout your course. You will have access to a wide range of library resources (books, journal articles, and media resources), and you will be supported in making good use of these.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class. For some assignments, you might undertake independent research. For this, you will work under the supervision of a member of the course team, and you will meet with your supervisor regularly.

Overall workload

In addition to formal contact hours and directed studies, you will need to devote time to independent reading and preparation. For each 20-credit module, your overall study time will be around 8 hours per week. This will vary according to the timing of assessments: some weeks may require more hours of study, for example when an assignment is due, and other weeks may require fewer. 

Academic input

The team consists of highly qualified academics, with a range of expertise and experience.

Almost all the teaching on the course is undertaken by experienced members of staff who are either Fellows of the Higher Education Academy, or are working towards Fellowship. They are research-active and have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You can find out more about the current teaching on our Meet the Team webpage. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

The Sociology team views assessment as part of the overall learning experience and so places an emphasis on providing frequent, detailed and personalised feedback. The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Ongoing assessment and verbal feedback of your performance in group work, seminar discussions, tutorial sessions when requested, and written feedback on coursework will be used as a means of formative assessment.

There is a formal or 'summative' assessment at the end of each module. A range of assessment methods is used, and these vary according to the modules. The assessment methods include: essays, workbooks, annotated bibliographies, reflective logs, group presentations, reports, portfolios, dissertations, and written examinations. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. For each year, approximately 10 per cent of the Sociology course will be assessed by written exams.

If you are a mature student without previous qualifications, you may be accepted in special circumstances subject to interview and we encourage applications from students in this category.

In line with standard University entry requirements for undergraduate programmes, if you are an international student wishing to study Sociology, you will be required to have a minimum English level of IELTS 6.0, with no less than 5.5 in each section. Find out more here.

The Sociology team has links with various local community groups and voluntary agencies, and with Thanet District Council, through both curriculum related contexts, and ongoing research by members of the team.

Our local third sector and community contacts will afford you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge to practical contexts – through, for example, our second year Research Skills module, and our third year Citizenship and Community module. The programme also houses ‘Engaging Sociology’, a vibrant series of public lectures and debates, which you can get involved in.

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International

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UK

For advice on completing your application please contact the Course Enquiry Team:

Email: courses@canterbury.ac.uk
Tel:+44 (0)1227 928000 (0)1227 928000

EU/International

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UCAS course code

  • L300 Sociology
  • L214 Sociology with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 3 years full-time

    4 years full-time including a Foundation Year

    6 years part-time

Starts

  • September 2020

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