Year 1 core modules
Year 2 core modules
and one optional module
Final-year core modules
and two optional modules (one must be a psychology module)
Modules across the school also available
Modules offered may vary.
Exploring key sociological theories and ideas, students are supported to develop their critical and conceptual skills. The module introduces key theorists within the discipline of sociology and maps out the subject’s evolution and development. Lectures and seminars demonstrate the application of theory to contemporary concerns; from issues relating to consumption and social class, to education, power and gender.
The module moves beyond previous levels of study in terms of developing basic critical skills and active reading. The module introduces students to the ways in which sociological knowledge is constructed, and how popular theoretical models have been applied to the study of everyday life. A key aim is to enable students to begin to understand how one can synthesise, evaluate and compare competing theoretical approaches in sociology. In so doing, students will be offered a way of appreciating the relationships between sociological theory, empirical research and applied policy and practice, and how such relationships have emerged historically.
Assessment comprised of media analysis (ICA 50%) and an essay (ECA 50%)