Why study at Roehampton
- Specialist options including: human rights, security and international relations, media and culture, health policy, urban society and childhood studies.
- An annual summer student conference where final year students present their independent research.
- High quality online and face-to-face feedback on your work and progress from your tutors; personal tutor support in your weekly ‘Becoming’ class.
Sociology encourages you to think critically and imaginatively about your life, the communities in which you live and the social relations that make up society. You will develop the skills to understand social change in the UK and globally; to carry out research projects on your own; and to evaluate the options facing policy-makers on a range of contemporary social issues.
The Sociology course at Roehampton is designed around you ‘becoming a Sociologist’ – developing the knowledge and skills not just to get a top degree but also to fulfil your ambitions when you leave Roehampton. To support you with these ambitions, the sociology programme has work placement opportunities and excellent links with practitioners in a wide variety of fields including central and local government, health, education, human rights, the criminal justice system and the voluntary and community sectors.
You are introduced to the subject through modules such as:
- Making Sense of Society
- Becoming a Sociologist
- Sociology and Everyday Life
You further develop your skills as a sociologist through core modules in sociological theory and methods, plus modules exploring contemporary urban life and self-identity. You also have the option of taking modules that focus on human rights and the sociology of childhood.
There are opportunities for independent study and placements in either voluntary organisations or paid jobs. You also choose from optional modules such as Understanding Globalisation, and Sociology of Death.
The Sociology programme at Roehampton is built on the research excellence of the department, home to our human rights centre Crucible and to our research centre on migration and multiculturalism. Some examples of recent work includes:
Dr Aisha Gill
Gill, A. (2014) “All they think about is honour”: The Murder of Shafilea Ahmed, in Gill, A., Roberts, K., Strange, C. (eds) ‘Honour’ Killing and Violence: Theory, Policy and Practice, London: Palgrave Macmillan.
Gill, A., Brah, A. (2014) Interrogating Cultural Narratives about ‘Honour’-Based Violence, European Journal of Women's Studies, 21 (1): 79-93.
Gill, A., Van-Engeland, A. (2014) Criminalisation or ‘Multiculturalism without Culture’? Comparing British and French approaches to tackling forced marriage, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, Issue, 3 (36).
Cowburn, M, Gill, A., Harrison, K. (2014) Speaking about sexual abuse in the British South Asian communities: offenders, victims and the challenges of shame, Journal of Sexual Aggression, (forthcoming).
British Academy Small Research grant to investigate sex offenders and sexual violence in South Asian communities (JI 2013-2015)
Ulla Gustafsson and Robert Busfield
Ulla and Robert are collaborating with Growhampton on the evaluation of their three year project. Growhampton is a sustainability initiative with a big focus on food growing. It was established in September 2013 and is funded by the NUS Student Green Fund. Growhampton is delivered by Roehampton Student’s Union in partnership with the University of Roehampton. Their budget included money for evaluation that the department is receiving. This work has included and will continue to include students contributing to data collection through their year 3 module Doing Social Research.
(1) A single authored monograph: Managed Lives: Psychoanalysis, Inner Security and the Social Order (London and New York: Routhledge, 2014).
(2) Steven Groarke worked as part of an internationally renowned team of Winnicott scholar on a definitive edition of the Collected Writings of D. W. Winnicott to be published in 12 volumes by Oxford University Press in 2015.
J. Eade and M. Katic (eds) (2014) Pilgrimage, Politics and Place in Eastern Europe, (Farnham: Ashgate).
(2013) ‘Crossing boundaries and identification processes’, Integrative Psychological and Behavioural Science, 47 (4): 509-15.
(2013)‘From imperial capital to global city: representing the lives of migrants in London through novels, films, and oral history, Social Space (Poland).
(2013) ‘Representing British Bangladeshis in the global city: Authenticity, text and performance’ in S. McLoughlin et al. (eds), Writing the City in British-Asian Diasporas (Routledge Contemporary South Asia Series).
(2014) ‘Pilgrimage and Tourism in South-Eastern and Eastern Europe: Some Reflections’ in M. Katic and M. MacDonald, Berlin: Lit Verlag.
and M. Katic (2014) ‘Introduction’ in J. Eade and M. Katic (eds) (2014) Pilgrimage, Politics and Place in Eastern Europe, (Farnham: Ashgate).
- Sociology and Everyday Life.
- Londonopolis - Exploring the Global City.
- Intimacy and Self
Sociology develops the skills that boost careers in government, charities and business. Many sociology graduates become social workers and community development officers or work in the criminal justice system. Others work in the media and campaigning organisations and in marketing and public relations.