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  • We are ranked 3rd in London for Sociology (Guardian University Guide 2017).
  • 91% of Roehampton Sociology graduates are in work or further study within six months of graduation (Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education, 2017 results).
  • We are ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
  • Over half our research is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent ‘ (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

 

Summary

Gain insight into the global issues we face in modern society by studying Sociology at Roehampton. Our department is rated one of the best in the UK for the impact of our Social Sciences research.

Sociology is about exploring the building blocks of society. It’s the study of the connections that bind us together: families, organisations and social groups.

This degree will help you understand how societies are created and how they change. You will learn how educational attainment, ethnicity, gender and geography affects people’s place in society, including the resources they accumulate and the networks they build. You’ll leave with a different view of other individuals and the world around you. This course is taught with a practical approach, enabling you to apply your everyday experience to key issues and to gain critical-thinking skills that help you understand the theories that underpin these issues. Our expert teaching staff will develop your knowledge of what shapes society, considering issues such as politics, inequality, religion, the environment, human rights, family, identity, and the economy. You will explore issues through the context of health and illness, ‘race’ and ethnicity, power and politics, crime and deviance, and culture and communication.

Modules include Contemporary Urban Life, which involves debates on the condition of urban life and includes a field trip where your impressions of the city will be discussed and analysed. In Becoming a Sociologist, you will have the opportunity to develop the required skillsets for your career by analysing our world through conducting focus groups, interviews and surveys.

The Department of Social Sciences hosts the internationally-recognised Crucible Centre for Human Rights Research, which focuses on research in international relations, human rights, citizenship and migration. This means you will study in a department driven by innovative research and will benefit from its excellent national and international links. The department is ranked 6th in the UK for the impact of our social sciences research (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

There will be many exciting opportunities to gain practical experiences to prepare you for your career. You will leave the course with the tools to continue to develop your analytical thinking, and your communication and leadership skills.

In your first year, you will learn to think critically about the world around you, understand the historical origins of Sociology as a discipline and develop a strong foundation for the broad range of subject areas that make up society.

In your second year, you will build your skillsets further to hone a sociologist’s core skills. You will also have the opportunity to study specific areas that interest you. You will learn sociological theory and methods, plus study optional modules exploring contemporary urban life, the media and relationships.

In your final year, there will be opportunities for independent study and placements in either voluntary organisations or paid jobs. You can also choose from optional modules such as Understanding Globalisation, the Sociology of Death, Food and Society, and Reproduction and Parenting.

Sociology develops essential skills needed for working in a variety of industries and businesses including the government, and charities. Our graduates work in a range of careers including in the criminal justice system, community development and social work. Others work in the media and campaigning organisations, the criminal justice system, in marketing and public relations, or as development officers.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.