Sociology BSc (Hons)
COURSE INFORMATION (2013 ENTRY)
3 years full-timeArts, Design and Social Sciences
Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus
A degree in Sociology will provide students with a sound knowledge of sociological approaches to the study of contemporary society and the methods used by sociologists to gain information about the world. Students will explore key aspects of society and social change whilst exploring the theoretical models and methodological frameworks used to analyse these processes.
Topics students will study include ideas and concepts relating to citizenship, culture and identity, globalisation, social policy development the changing world of work and key issues facing modern societies. The degree also has a strong ‘global transformation’ theme running throughout each year of study. Students will also engage with practitioners and organisations in the public sector, not for profit sector and non-governmental organisations in order to develop the knowledge and skills that support future employment or further study.
The final year of the degree is based around a dissertation/research project and a series of options, to help students develop their own thinking, and enable them to pursue their own individual interests.
Opportunities for accredited and nonaccredited volunteering are also available as this is an experience that employers often look for. Practical experience in the real world will also enhance understanding of issues raised in the classroom.
LEARNING AND TEACHING METHODS
You will learn through lectures, seminars and subject-specific group sessions delivered by experts in the field. There is an increasing emphasis on students acquiring knowledge and understanding through guided and independent learning.
You will have the opportunity to take part in accredited placements and non-accredited volunteering which will enhance your employability skills. Practical experience in the real world will also enhance your understanding of issues raised in the classroom.
You'll be assessed in a range of ways, including written essays, seminar logs, workbooks, presentations, examinations and case studies.
Graduates work in a wide range of jobs including managerial and professional posts in the public and not-for-profit sectors, such as local and central government, the police, the probation service, the prisons system, community safety, health agencies, the civil service and various research posts. Others move into careers in business including management training in the retail sector, media, marketing, information technology and advertising.
Some of our graduates take an additional qualification and enter the teaching, social work and legal professions. For others, academic study at postgraduate level is a popular choice and a number of these students continue on to successful study at doctoral level.
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