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. We offer a range of modules to fit with your interests. Several modules include field trips and you will be able to apply what you have learned to your everyday life. 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.
Roehampton's Professor Mark McCormack teaches on our BSc Sociology degree and is also the author of a high-profile text book Discovering Sociology, used by degree students throughout the UK. In this short film Professor McCormack is interviewed about the book and the concept of the sociological imagination.
Another lecturer on our BSc Sociology programme, Dr Darren O’Byrne, has also authored an important text book for undergraduate students, Introducing Sociological Theory.
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 race and ethnicity, power and politics, 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.
- 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 or participate in a supervised research project.
- Choose from optional modules such as Gender, Sexuality and Human Rights, Digital Society and Global Justice, and Justice and Society.
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.