92% of students studying Sociology at Teesside are happy with their course (National Student Survey 2009)
Our stimulating and flexible courses explore the human world and social relationships. We focus on how social influences shape the history, nature and future of individuals, groups and institutions. You'll be encouraged to think critically about your own experiences. This learning continues beyond the University as you benefit from field visits, volunteering and placement opportunities; all essential for your graduate success.
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Staff include leading social science researchers. A strong research base in sociology, youth studies, leisure studies, social policy and criminology influences the curriculum. The last national Research Assessment Exercise rated our research highly. Students are taught by academics involved in research activity judged to be of national, and international, standing.
Academic staff often use local case studies to enrich their teaching and maintain an excellent network of contacts with key local policy makers and practitioners, which students are encouraged to develop further.
All courses are based in the Clarendon Building, which provides specialist teaching facilities, laboratories, experimental and research rooms and an open access computing laboratory.
Sociologists enter a wide range of graduate careers. Nationally about two thirds go into full-time employment while most of the rest choose postgraduate study. As a Teesside sociology graduate, you will develop a range of transferable skills such as:
- Research, analysis, information gathering, evaluating data and research evidence.
- Team working, people management and problem solving.
- Communication and interpersonal skills.
Though many of these skills may lead to specific careers you also develop generic graduate skills which enable you to enter a wide range of careers. Sociology graduates have, for example, gone into careers in the following agencies and organisations:
- print journalism in local newspapers
- probation officers, police officers and prison officers
- managers in national high street retail chains and voluntary organisations
- housing officers for local authorities
- youth and community development workers
- social researchers for commercial research organisations
- British Sociological Association represents the interests of sociologists and provides information on careers and postgraduate training.
British Sociological Association website
- National Youth Agency is the professional body for youth workers and provides information on training and career opportunities.
National Youth Agency website
- Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development is the professional body for those working in personnel and human resource management.
Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development website
- Criminal Justice System is responsible for detecting crime and bringing it to justice; and carrying out the orders of court, such as collecting fines, and supervising community and custodial punishment.
Criminal Justice System website
- UK Police Service provides links to police forces and related organisations as well as direct links to online police recruitment.
UK Police Service portal
- HM Prison Service works in partnership with others in the criminal justice system to deliver the effective execution of the courts so as to reduce re-offending and protect the public.
HM Prison Service website
- National Probation Service is a law enforcement agency and public authority.
National Probation Service website
- Crimlinks provides links to key criminology and criminal and community justice websites as well as the latest criminal justice news.