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.
The Sociology extended degree programmes include a foundation year, which will provide you with a sound introduction to key elements needed for studying Sociology at degree level. Our extended degree programme will provide you with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for study. The foundation year is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide you with the subject specific knowledge essential for success.
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 all play a part in 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.
We offer exciting modules to fit with your interests. Contemporary Urban Life, for example, involves debates on the condition of urban life and includes a field trip where your impressions of the city will be discussed and analysed. Other modules such as Becoming a Sociologist offer opportunities to develop valuable, hands-on skills for your career, as you analyse the world through focus groups, interviews and surveys.
Overall, there’ll be many opportunities to gain practical experiences as preparation for work. You will leave with the tools to continue developing your analytical thinking, and your communication and leadership skills.
How you will learn
This course is taught with a strong practical approach, enabling you to apply your everyday experience to key issues and gain critical thinking skills that will help you understand the theories that underpin the topics covered.
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.
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. You will be part of a department driven by innovative research and benefit from our excellent national and international links.
- You will take modules in English and Maths which will develop your core academic and study skills. The syllabus includes a year-long module relevant to your chosen degree subject, such as An Invitation to Sociology.
- This will provide you with a subject specific knowledge in Social Sciences which is essential for success in your degree.
- 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.
- Hone your core sociologist skills.
- Study specific areas that interest you.
- Learn sociological theory and methods, and study optional modules exploring contemporary urban life, the media and relationships.
- Undertake independent study and paid or voluntary placements.
- Choose from optional modules such as Understanding Globalisation, the Sociology of Death, Food and Society, and Reproduction and Parenting.
Sociology develops essential skills for working in a variety of industries and businesses including the government and charities. You could build a career in the criminal justice system, community development or social work. You could also work in the media, campaigning, marketing, public relations or as a development officer.
Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.