Sociology

Why should I study this subject?
Sociology is an interesting and challenging subject that studies how human society works. Students learn about modern issues, social institutions such as the education system and the media, along with social change. The course introduces students to sociological views of society on many levels, from the family and community, to the increasingly globalised world. Sociologists try to answer difficult questions, such as why men commit more crime than women, or why there are more people than ever before living alone. It is said that “the first wisdom of sociology is that things are not what they seem”. Sociology challenges students to look beyond easy explanations of society’s problems and social issues and think more analytically about the world around you.

What will I study?
• Families and households: changing patterns of family life, childhood, functions of the family, gender roles, social policy
• Education: education policy, theories of the role of education in society, class, gender and ethnic differences in achievement
• Media: media content and audiences, representation of social groups, new media, culture and globalisation
• Crime and deviance: theories of crime, social patterns of crime, victims, prevention and punishment, global crime
• Research methods: surveys, interviews, observation, secondary sources
• Sociological theories: sociological views such as feminism, functionalism and postmodernism

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here