This course focuses on the significant issues of the day and how they impact on everyday life. You’ll examine inequality, crimes against humanity, terrorism, democracy, and citizenship and media representation.
You’ll work on live research projects and have the opportunity to explore international sociological issues in destinations such as Northern Ireland and Canada. 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.
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, group work and poster presentations and a dissertation. Your studies will also include group discussions, lectures, project work and field trips.
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. You’ll consider topics like the imprint of migration, ethnicity and class on urban landscapes, and the ways in which social life is changing in the UK.
From Year 2 you’ll be able to choose from modules exploring topics such as crimes against humanity, migration, gender, power and injustice, and visual culture. You’ll be supported to pursue a research area to match your interests and career goals in your final year. Students have recently investigated racist and sexist portrayals in modern Disney cartoons, and the impact of social networks on the experience of mental health.