School of Law, Politics and Sociology


(BA) Sociology

Entry for 2014

FHEQ level

This course is set at Level 6 in the national Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Course Aims

The overall aim is to produce competent sociologists - with a range of empirical knowledge which they can evaluate and relate to theories, and with a grasp of how to carry out library and field research - and who have also gained transferable practical and intellectual skills. In addition, they will have taken other courses, chosen from a range which will in different ways complement and extend their social-scientific knowledge.

Course learning outcomes

explain major sociological concepts and theories, and their application in contemporary sociology

demonstrate knowledge of different societies, and understanding of what may be learned by comparing them

demonstrate understanding and knowledge of key topics and debates in a number of specialised areas in sociology

identify general issues in concrete cases

identify major methods of data collection in sociology, and assess the appropriateness of their use in different contexts

reflect on the relationship between sociological theory / concepts and data

collate a range of appropriate sources and structure material from them to answer a question

assess the strengths and weaknesses of empirical material as evidence for conclusions in specific cases

critically evaluate competing explanations and sociological theories in a range of contexts

formulate sociological questions and plan how to answer them

select and use appropriate research methods (including questionnaires, interviews, observation and content analysis)

analyse the ethical implications of social research in a variety of settings

make simple analyses of quantitative and qualitative data using appropriate computer programs

communicate research findings to an academic audience, both in writing and in oral presentations

identify and select sociological work relevant to given social, public and civic issues or professional practices

conduct a literature search and produce a correctly formatted bibliography

manage their time in long-term work programmes

Full-time course composition

YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
1Autumn SemesterCoreA Sociology of 21st Century Britain (L4070)154
  CoreCritical Reading and Writing for Sociologists (L4071)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology I (L3068)154
 Spring SemesterCoreGender and the Life Course (L3093)154
  CoreMaking the Familiar Strange (L4072)154
  CoreThemes and Perspectives in Sociology II (L3069)154
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
2Autumn SemesterCoreDoing Sociological Research: working with quantitative data (L3078)155
  OptionClassical Sociological Theory (L4053A)155
  Migration and Integration (Aut) (L4081A)155
  Sociology of Childhood (Aut) (L4082A)155
  Sociology of Everyday Life (L4040A)155
  Sociology of Globalisation (Aut) (L4080A)155
 Spring SemesterCoreDoing Sociological Research: working with qualitative data (L3079)155
  OptionBeyond the Vote: Citizenship and Participation in Sociology (L4069B)155
  Race: Conflict and Change (L3074B)155
  Sociology of Deviance (L4018B)155
  Sociology of Everyday Life (L4040B)155
  Sociology of Medicine and Health (L3083B)155
YearTermStatusModuleCreditsFHEQ level
3Autumn SemesterCoreSociology Research Proposal (L4056)306
  OptionAlternative Societies (Aut) (L4090A)306
  Identity and Interaction (L4066A)306
  Sociology of Care: caring and work (Aut) (L4095A)306
  Sociology of Fun (Aut) (L4093A)306
  The Cultural Life of Capital Punishment (Aut) (L4091A)306
 Spring SemesterCoreSociology Project (L3031)306
  OptionDevelopment, Human Rights and Security (Spr) (L4092B)306
  Sociology of Humans and Other Animals (Spr) (L4094B)306
  Surveillance, Security and Control (L4109B)306
  The Body: current controversies and debates (L4029B)306

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