This course focuses on the significant issues of the day and how they impact on everyday life. You’ll examine inequality, social injustice, terrorism, migration, democracy, and citizenship and media representation. Our Sociology for Social Justice learning approach means that you will work alongside real-world organisations tackling issues such as community cohesion and social exclusion.
You’ll contribute to live research projects and have the opportunity to explore international sociological issues in destinations such as Bosnia and South Africa. You can also gain academic credit and professional experience through an internship in preparation for your career. When you graduate you’ll be well-prepared to make a difference to people’s lives.
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You’ll learn through a range of activities such as group discussions, lectures, project work and field trips. You will have the opportunity to interact with guest speakers who possess expertise in a range of exciting areas. The majority of your assessments will be coursework, focusing on the skills you will use in the work environment. These include report writing, presentations, essays, blog posts, portfolios, group work and a dissertation.
In Year 1 you’ll be introduced to the key sociological ideas to understand individual and collective social identities constructed around race and ethnicity, social class, gender and sexuality, age and disability. We will explore ways in which social life is changing in the UK and globally. You’ll develop your knowledge and skills on a UK-based residential field week.
From Year 2 you’ll be able to choose from modules exploring topics such as gender, race and ethnicity, social welfare, crimes against humanity, power and injustice, and visual culture. You will have the opportunity to attend an international fieldtrip; previous locations have included Bosnia, South Africa, and Canada. You’ll also be supported to pursue a research area to match your interests and career goals in your final year. Students have recently investigated the motivations of Covid-19 volunteers, links between food waste and food poverty and why young people take action on climate change.