Sociology BSc (Hons)

UCAS code L300 BSC/SOC

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About this course 2018/19

Are you looking to develop a global understanding of society, social dynamics and modern life; expertise in research and analysis; and strong decision-making skills? You will need an enquiring mind and a desire to get out into the community to see the ‘real issues’ and get involved in bringing about change.

You will graduate prepared for employment in a number of fields that require a sophisticated, critical and questioning understanding of the workings of society, including central government, the police, the prison system, community safety and education.

Find out more about Sociology at Northumbria from the Sociology blog

100% of Sociology students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey, 2016).

Learn from the best

We offer an exciting and extensive range of high-quality courses taught by leaders in the field, including the 2014 holder of the British Sociological Society and Higher Education Academy National award for Excellence in Teaching Sociology, and the Chair of the European Group for Public Administration. 

Academics from our team were behind the formation of the North East Homeless Think Tank – a regional agency bringing together academics, researchers and policy officers to inform and influence policies affecting homeless groups. Our staff regularly produce research outputs of international quality within world-leading, peer reviewed journals and play leading roles in professional associations such as the British Sociological Association, the Social Policy Association, the Development Studies Association and the Academy of the Social Sciences. 

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

You will join a community of enquiring minds who are interested in international developments, analysing crime and the criminal justice system, communicating on a global scale through language, and challenging conventional wisdom.

Our assessment strategy is carefully designed to support student-centred learning. A key aim is to ensure that you have the opportunity to demonstrate that you have met the course’s learning outcomes. We do this by providing a combination of assessment feedback, support groups and one-to-one sessions with your tutor. Formative assessments are embedded across all modules, providing you with opportunities for development and continuous feedback throughout the course.

Learning Environment

You will be part of an exciting, vibrant and dynamic department which has received continued praise for the quality of teaching and learning experience, student support and engagement and research rich environment it affords students. Our academic team are actively involved in the ‘real issues’ that face the community through their research into homelessness, diversity, domestic violence, international development and the impact of de-industrialisation on community, class and gender.

We are a leading centre for energising creative practice and academic study. By working in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders, we seek to nurture ‘home-grown’ talent and, through meaningful engagement, business innovation, and knowledge creation at the highest level, support and grow the economic, social, cultural and intellectual capital of the region and beyond.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

The course is designed to promote research-rich learning. The core modules are aimed at developing your understanding of social theory and research methods, enabling you to engage with contemporary debates, drawing on lectures and seminars which will allow you to explore how the discipline undertakes research.

The Research in Practice module gives you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working with leading charities and third sector organisations in the North East. The module is aimed at students who want to experience life as a social researcher, carrying out real world research that’s at the forefront of care support provision.

In 2016, Sociology at Northumbria scored 100% student satisfaction as a result of the excellent teaching learning and research informed student experience.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

We firmly believe that applying academic learning in the real world enhances your understanding and gives you invaluable skills to gain future employment. Career relevant placements at social housing providers, charities and local government form part of your module options in your final year. This makes our degree distinctive and sets you apart from the crowd.

We recognise that professional experience is invaluable to your learning, and have built strong partnerships with organisations including Arts Alliance, Traidcraft, VSO, New Writing North, the Youth Offending Team, Procter & Gamble, the British Council as well as organisations in France and Spain. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake research placements, volunteering and accredited work-related learning in challenging environments such as prisons, youth offending teams, homeless charities and parliamentary offices as well as exchanges with overseas universities.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

Through this course you will develop a range of skills and attributes which will help you develop into an active agent of social change. You will develop a sociological imagination which allows you to critically link individual actions to social structures. You will critically evaluate evidence and theory in order to challenge your own ideas, justify your arguments and evaluate those of others.  You will apply appropriate theory and research methods to complex real world problems.  You will be trained in a range of forms of effective communication formats which address diverse audiences. Consequently you will graduate prepared for employment in a number of fields that require a sophisticated, critical and questioning understanding of the workings of society. Our graduates go on to work in the public and not-for-profit sectors including central government, the police, the prison system, community safety and education.

About this course 2019/20

Are you looking to develop a global understanding of society, social dynamics and modern life; expertise in research and analysis; and strong decision-making skills? You will need an enquiring mind and a desire to get out into the community to see the ‘real issues’ and get involved in bringing about change.

You will graduate prepared for employment in a number of fields that require a sophisticated, critical and questioning understanding of the workings of society, including central government, the police, the prison system, community safety and education.

Find out more about Sociology at Northumbria from the Sociology blog

100% of Sociology students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of this course (National Student Survey, 2016).

Learn from the best

We offer an exciting and extensive range of high-quality courses taught by leaders in the field, including the 2014 holder of the British Sociological Society and Higher Education Academy National award for Excellence in Teaching Sociology, and the Chair of the European Group for Public Administration. 

Academics from our team were behind the formation of the North East Homeless Think Tank – a regional agency bringing together academics, researchers and policy officers to inform and influence policies affecting homeless groups. Our staff regularly produce research outputs of international quality within world-leading, peer reviewed journals and play leading roles in professional associations such as the British Sociological Association, the Social Policy Association, the Development Studies Association and the Academy of the Social Sciences. 

caption: Meet the team

Teaching and Assessment

You will join a community of enquiring minds who are interested in international developments, analysing crime and the criminal justice system, communicating on a global scale through language, and challenging conventional wisdom.

Our assessment strategy is carefully designed to support student-centred learning. A key aim is to ensure that you have the opportunity to demonstrate that you have met the course’s learning outcomes. We do this by providing a combination of assessment feedback, support groups and one-to-one sessions with your tutor. Formative assessments are embedded across all modules, providing you with opportunities for development and continuous feedback throughout the course.

Learning Environment

You will be part of an exciting, vibrant and dynamic department which has received continued praise for the quality of teaching and learning experience, student support and engagement and research rich environment it affords students. Our academic team are actively involved in the ‘real issues’ that face the community through their research into homelessness, diversity, domestic violence, international development and the impact of de-industrialisation on community, class and gender.

We are a leading centre for energising creative practice and academic study. By working in partnership with a broad range of stakeholders, we seek to nurture ‘home-grown’ talent and, through meaningful engagement, business innovation, and knowledge creation at the highest level, support and grow the economic, social, cultural and intellectual capital of the region and beyond.

caption: University Library

Research-rich Learning

The course is designed to promote research-rich learning. The core modules are aimed at developing your understanding of social theory and research methods, enabling you to engage with contemporary debates, drawing on lectures and seminars which will allow you to explore how the discipline undertakes research.

The Research in Practice module gives you the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of working with leading charities and third sector organisations in the North East. The module is aimed at students who want to experience life as a social researcher, carrying out real world research that’s at the forefront of care support provision.

In 2016, Sociology at Northumbria scored 100% student satisfaction as a result of the excellent teaching learning and research informed student experience.

caption: Department Research

Give your career an edge

We firmly believe that applying academic learning in the real world enhances your understanding and gives you invaluable skills to gain future employment. Career relevant placements at social housing providers, charities and local government form part of your module options in your final year. This makes our degree distinctive and sets you apart from the crowd.

We recognise that professional experience is invaluable to your learning, and have built strong partnerships with organisations including Arts Alliance, Traidcraft, VSO, New Writing North, the Youth Offending Team, Procter & Gamble, the British Council as well as organisations in France and Spain. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake research placements, volunteering and accredited work-related learning in challenging environments such as prisons, youth offending teams, homeless charities and parliamentary offices as well as exchanges with overseas universities.

caption: Student Placements

Your Future

Through this course you will develop a range of skills and attributes which will help you develop into an active agent of social change. You will develop a sociological imagination which allows you to critically link individual actions to social structures. You will critically evaluate evidence and theory in order to challenge your own ideas, justify your arguments and evaluate those of others.  You will apply appropriate theory and research methods to complex real world problems.  You will be trained in a range of forms of effective communication formats which address diverse audiences. Consequently you will graduate prepared for employment in a number of fields that require a sophisticated, critical and questioning understanding of the workings of society. Our graduates go on to work in the public and not-for-profit sectors including central government, the police, the prison system, community safety and education.

Course info

UCAS Code L300 BSC/SOC

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Social Sciences

Location Lipman Building, Newcastle City Campus

City Newcastle

Start September 2019

Current, Relevant and Inspiring

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Your Learning Experience find out about our distinctive approach at 
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