This course will provide you with a richer understanding of the complexity and diversity of modern life. Sociology explores human societies, cultures, and behavior 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
This course provides a stimulating exploration, from a global perspective, of human societies, cultures, and behavior. Modules include politics and democracy, wars and revolutions, gender, modernity, equality and diversity, and genocide. Methods of assessment for course overall: 72% coursework.
- Revolutions, wars and the making of the modern world
- Issues in contemporary sociology
- The sociological imagination
- Politics, decision-making, and democracy
- Researching social life
- Social and political problems
- Social research skills 1
- Gender, difference, and equality
- Making identities: citizenship, race, and nation
- Social research skills 2
- Social theory and modern society
Plus one optional module from:
- Globalisation and development
- Youth, crime, and delinquency
- The environment, sustainability, and climate change
- Sociology for the 21st century
- Race, culture, and identity
- Research project (double module)
- Politics and protest: new social and political movements
Plus one optional module from:
- Genocide and crimes against humanity
- Equality, social justice, and social policy
Modules are assessed by essays, individual and group presentations, book reviews, examinations, reports, portfolios of work, document analysis, and final year dissertation.
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 worker or a counselor – which is probably the most popular career choice for sociology graduates.
Counselors 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 counselors is usually around £19,000-£26,000 a year, although part-time and voluntary work is quite common. Private practice counselors 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.
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.
We are the 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.
Teaching and learning
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 recognized 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 appointment slots advertised outside your tutor's office.
- 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.
All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.
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