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Sociology BSc (Hons)

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Overview

Exploring behaviour

This course will provide you with a richer understanding of the complexity and diversity of modern life. Sociology explores human societies, cultures and behaviour from a global perspective. You'll study cultural diversity and the construction of social identities based on sexuality, religion, race, gender and class.

Why Sociology at LSBU?

Recent graduates are now research assistants, school student mentors and charity workers - careers are likely in teaching, social work, marketing, public administration, the voluntary sector, social research, journalism and programme research.
No.2 in London Modern Universities for overall score and graduate prospects in Sociology (Complete University Guide League Table, 2018).
Graduates can apply for postgraduate courses, such as MSc Criminology and Social Research Methods, MSc Development Studies and MSc Refugee Studies.
Enrich your CV and awareness of working practice with a voluntary placement in the prison service, legal advice, youth offending and youth mentoring schemes.
Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

Modules

This course provides a stimulating exploration, from a global perspective, of human societies, cultures and behaviour. Modules include politics and democracy, wars and revolutions, gender, modernity, equality and diversity, and genocide. Methods of assessment for course overall: 72% coursework.

Year 1

  • Revolutions, wars and the making of the modern world
    This module is an introduction to some of the major themes and events in modern world history. It begins with an examination of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution. It moves on to look at the Industrial Revolution, Empire and the extension of voting rights. It examines the First and Second World Wars and the ideologies of Fascism, Nazism and Soviet Communism.
  • Issues in contemporary sociology
    Issues in Contemporary Society covers key concepts in sociology and addresses issues such as migration,  race, gender and class. The focus throughout the module is how inequalities are reinforced through the changing nature of citizenship, sexualities, religion and mass media.
  • The sociological imagination
    You'll be introduced to some of the main questions raised about human societies.  The Module invites you to explore significant aspects of the origins and development of sociological inquiry within a historical context.  You'll be encouraged to read specifically selected pieces about key concepts and approaches to the study of social action in our societies.
  • Politics, decision-making and democracy
    In Politics, Decision Making and Democracy provides you with an introduction to the key institutions, issues and processes of British politics. It looks at the framework and the dynamics of the British system of government with a a focus on the nature of power and its impact on decision making and policy development. You will examine formal aspects of British politics including the role of political parties, the role of ideology and Key institutions such as Prime Minister and Cabinet.
  • Researching social life
    This module will introduce you to qualitative (with limited content related to quantitative) methods used by sociologists and other social scientists to conduct investigations. The module will look at a range of qualitative methods and different types and structures of data collected to illustrate how research works. In addition, lecture and other activities will demonstrate to students how to apply basic research methods and present results in a meaningful and informative way. In addition and primarily though the use of seminar reading, this module also aims to expose students to relevant critical issues which arise from carrying out research with a particular focus on issues related to race, gender, and class.
  • Social and political problems
    In this module sociology and politics students have an opportunity to explore how particular issues become identified as a social or a political problem.  Moreover they will be encouraged to explore how these problems are contested. In addition they will look at the implications of these problems for society and for politics.  Seminars and workshops will be used to develop students understanding of social and political problems but also to engage them in activities that develop key writing and study skills.

Year 2

  • Social research skills 1
    In the first half of this module students are introduced to basic issues in research design and methodology.  Topics covered include experimental design and random assignment, formulating research questions sampling and measurement.   In the second half of the module they learn the basics of statistical analysis and how to use SPSS.
  • Gender, difference and equality
    The aim of this Module is to chart this history and to explore some of the key contemporary debates around gender.  It will build on foundational work of feminist writers in challenging mainstream sociological thought and methodologies and then move on to examine issues of femininity, masculinity and gender difference in relation to the world of work, paid and unpaid, politics, social policy, the media and crime.  This Module addresses equality and diversity by focusing on the issue of gender difference and equality through the study of historical and contemporary debates on a range of topical issues reflecting diversity and equality issues in contemporary British society.
  • Making identities: citizenship, race and nation
    This module examines the processes that have shaped key facets of identity in contemporary societies. It does this by exploring modern sociological approaches to the analysis of three key identities, namely those based on citizenship, race and nation. We'll situate the origins and development of the study of these phenomena in the context of debates about the formation of social identities in modern states and societies. By taking notions such as citizenship, race and nation and examining their inter-relationship we'll provide a critical analysis of key sociological debates about the making of social and political identities. You'll explore important theoretical questions and debates and encourages you to think critically about their utility for the analysis of specific historical processes and contemporary situations. You'll be encouraged to think across the different boundaries of race and nation, gender and sexuality, as well as locality or environment in order to understand the different interrelationships between these forms of identity formation and citizenship in the modern world.
  • Social research skills 2
    This module introduces students to the basics of qualitative research methodologies.  Students learn about central philosophical questions in the philosophy of the social sciences and how they relate to the qualitative/quantitative distinction.  Students are taught a range of qualitative data collection techniques ranging from interviews to archival research.  They are also introduced to different qualitative analytic techniques.  Finally they are made aware of the ethical issues that are specific to qualitative research.  Students are taught through lectures and workshops where they apply the principles to specific research questions.
  • Social theory and modern society
    The scope of this course is designed to provide a grounding in the study of modernity and an understanding of some of the central assumptions of sociological thought developed during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Focusing first on some defining features of modernity, the course combines an examination of some key themes within classical sociological thought such as class, bureaucracy and order, before moving on to consider the relationship between such theorisation and a number of substantive areas of social research and debate. The central section of the course explores the role and meaning of modernist institutions and epistemologies through a case study of the Holocaust. The course concludes with a review of some current critiques of modernity.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Globalisation and development
    This module introduces key concepts, issues and theoretical debates in development studies. The module locates the debates and issues that it explores within both an historical and global context and encourages students to explore the inter-dependence of the developed and developing world.
  • Youth, crime and delinquency
    This module provides an overview of the development of youth crime as a specific area of criminological inquiry and a distinct jurisdiction within the criminal justice system. The Module considers the development of 'delinquency' as a specific field of intervention and investigation. It gives particular attention to the evolution of youth justice policies and examines current literature in relation to the strengths and limitations of the contemporary youth justice system.
  • The environment, sustainability and climate change
    The scope of this module is designed to provide a grounding in the study of the politics of environmental sustainability. The module focuses firstly on the debate on environmental sustainability which includes the challenge by environmentalists that it is a contradiction. It also covers the defining features of the concept before moving on to the first part of the module which aims to conceptualise and theorise the environment and sustainability. Alternative approaches will also be examined including green theory, the free market and Marxist approaches. The second part of the module looks at increasing global competition for water, food, energy and oil. The politics of climate change and deforestation; transport and tourism; global security and justice will also be covered. The third part of the course focuses on case studies of organisations and movements involved in environmental sustainability. It includes IPCC; Copenhagen Climate Council; the Fair Trade Movement; Ethical Consumerism and the Environmental Movement.

Year 3

  • Sociology for the 21st century
  • Race, culture and identity
  • Research project (double module)
  • Politics and protest: new social and political movements
    This course will examine forms of social and political conflict characteristic of contemporary western societies. The main focus will be on understanding social movements and forms of political contention in the changing social structure of these societies. Although it has a contemporary western focus the course will situate discussion also in the context of historical and comparative material on social movements. The emphasis throughout however will be on examining the ability of social and political theory to understand the nature of political identity and its expression in social movements.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Genocide and crimes against humanity
  • Equality, social justice and social policy
    This module will start by asking students to identify what they perceive as problems of discrimination, inequality or injustice.  Students will be asked to consider what knowledge and skills they will need to tackle such problems in relation to social welfare and employment. The module in part will be organised in response to the issues raised by students. In addition students will be exposed to different theoretical perspectives on equality, social justice and diversity, and explore some of the debates about, and criticism of the pursuit of equality, social justice, diversity and multiculturalism. A range of different equality and diversity initiatives in the areas of employment and service delivery will be covered. Finally the module will explore strategies: to identify inequalities and forms of discrimination; to monitor equality and diversity policies and practices; and to evaluate outcomes and 'success'.

Modules are assessed by essays, individual and group presentations, book reviews, examinations, reports, portfolios of work, document analysis, and final year dissertation.

Employability

Career opportunities

A sociology degree gives you the freedom to choose any number of career paths, including teaching, social work, marketing, public administration, the voluntary sector, social research, public relations, advertising, management, and media-related work, including journalism and programme research.

However, it is the social and welfare profession – working as a social workers or a counsellor – which is probably the most popular career choice for sociology graduates.

Counsellors spend time with people, generally on a one-to-one basis, helping them to talk about themselves in a safe and confidential environment. Social workers provide support and assistance to a host of individuals, families and groups, from the homeless to people with learning and physical disabilities.

The starting salary for full-time counsellors is usually around £19,000-£26,000 a year, although part-time and voluntary work is quite common. Private practice counsellors generally charge £30-£50 an hour. (National Careers Service)

Improving your employability

We’ll enhance your employability through our thriving volunteering project, where students can work for the police service, the prison service, legal advice, victim support, domestic violence and child abuse agencies, as well as for youth offending and youth mentoring schemes.

Recent graduates from this course have become Research Assistants, School Teachers, School Student Mentors, Charity Workers and Marketing Assistants.

Career progression

If you graduate from this course, you'll be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level, including for a place on our full-time or part-time MSc Refugee Studies.

The academic strength of this course means that you can also consider entering the field of academic research.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Dr Caitriona Beaumont

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor in Social History; Director of Research, School of Law and Social Sciences

Dr Caitríona Beaumont is Associate Professor in Social History specialising in the history of female activism, women’s movements and feminism in twentieth century Britain and Ireland.


Dr Matthew Bond

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Course Director, Sociology

Dr Matthew Bond is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences and Course Director of the Sociology undergraduate programme.


Dr Jaya Gajparia

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Course Director, Education for Sustainability; Lecturer in Sociology

Dr Jaya Gajparia is the Couse Director of the Masters programme in Education for Sustainability, an internationally recognised distance learning programme established in 1994. She also teaches on a variety of Undergraduate Sociology courses.


Dr Julien Morton

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer

Dr Morton is interested in philosophy of science and the theory of agency.


Dr Lisa Pine

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor

Dr Pine currently teaches modules on 'Revolutions, Wars and the Making of the Modern World', 'War and Social Change in the Twentieth Century' and 'Genocide and Crimes against Humanity'.


Dr Shaminder Takhar

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Social Sciences
Job title: Associate Professor in Sociology

Dr Shaminder Takhar is Associate Professor in Sociology specialising in race, gender, sexuality and social justice. She is the research ethics co-ordinator for the School of Law and Social Sciences.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Study hours

Year 1 class contact time is typically 9 hours per week. In addition, you'll be expected to devote time to independent study and attend personal tutorials.

Research active academics

You'll be taught by research active academics whose work is internationally recognised and informs the course curriculum.

Online learning resources

We also provide extensive virtual learning resources with access to core texts whenever you need it. You'll be assigned a personal tutor to help you settle in, and a wide range of support is available through LSBU's student services.

Personal Academic Tutoring

As an undergraduate Law and Social Science student, you will be allocated a named tutor during your first semester at LSBU.  The role of your tutor is to be your primary contact for academic and professional development support.

Your tutor will support you to get the most of your time at LSBU, providing advice and signposting to other sources of support in the University. They should be the first person at the university that you speak to if you are having any difficulties that are affecting your work. These could be academic, financial, health-related or another type of problem.

You will have appointments with your personal academic tutor at least three times a year for 15 minutes throughout your course.  You can contact your tutor for additional support by email or sign up for an appointment slots advertised outside your tutor's office.

Entry requirements

2018 Entry

  • A Level BCC or:
  • BTEC National Diploma MMM or:
  • Access to HE qualifications with 9 Distinctions and 36 Merits or:
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 106 UCAS points
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.0 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Visit UCAS for guidance on the 2018 tariff.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
5 years
Start date
September
Application code
4093
Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
3 years
Start date
September
Application code
L300
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4092Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £27750
International £39375

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Applicant Open Days

To help you and your family feel confident about your university choice we run Applicant Open Days. These are held at subject level so students start getting to know each other and the academic staff who will be teaching them. These events are for applicants only and as an applicant you would receive an email invitation to attend the relevant event for your subject.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

Suggested reading list

It is valuable to do some preparatory reading for the course, we suggest: 

  • Macionis, J. and K. Plummer (2011) (5th edition)Sociology: a global introduction, Harlow: Prentice Hall. 
  • Fulcher, J. and J. Scott (2007) Sociology, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
  • Giddens, A. (2009) (6th edition) Sociology, Cambridge: Polity Press
 
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Contact information

Course Enquiries - UK/EU

Tel: 0800 923 8888

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6100

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Course Enquiries - International

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7815 6189

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