BA (Hons)

Sociology

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  • UCAS code(s): L300
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Full-time
  • Location: City Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

Our students would recommend us! 97% of our recent BA (Hons) Sociology students would recommend studying at NTU (National Student Survey 2018)

This exciting Sociology degree examines specialist areas of contemporary sociology and allows you to explore society, culture and everyday lived experiences. Throughout the course you'll hear from external speakers, and may have the opportunity to study abroad and undertake a self-directed work placement.

If you have a keen interest in society, culture and making sense of the social world in which we live, then our Sociology course is ideal for you.

Why choose this course?

  • From your first year this course will help you to develop skills for employability. You'll get the chance to complete project work for a local, national or international organisation and gain valuable experience by undertaking a work placement.
  • You'll benefit from the skills and expertise of our academic staff who use their leading research on identities, social inclusion, and cultural diversity to inform their teaching.
  • Our Sociology graduates get jobs – 100% of our BA (Hons) Sociology students are in employment or further study within six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016/17).

What you'll study

*We are currently reviewing the content of our courses to ensure that they remain relevant and current to our students’ future ambitions and society. Please continue to check this course webpage for the latest developments.

This exciting degree examines specialist areas of contemporary Sociology and allows you to explore society, culture and everyday lived experiences.

Throughout your degree, you'll take part in the Graduate Employability Development Package, which aims to prepare you for a range of career opportunities. In Year One you’ll hear from a range of visiting speakers and engage in a short group project connecting sociology to the real world. In Year Two you'll explore the sociology of organisations and take a group service learning placement working on a meaningful and sociological project. In your final year you'll discover the sociology of work and careers, and investigate the career you want to pursue.

During your first year, you'll have the chance to become a member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) - funded by The Sociology Department at NTU. Giving you access to extensive networks that can support your studies and career development.

  • Year One

    Core modules

    Thinking Sociologically

    This introductory module helps you develop a sense of the variety of ways of thinking sociologically. The module engages with basic theoretical concepts, perspectives and debates in the subject. It equips you with a useful kitbag of ideas, arguments and sources from which you can construct your own informed choices about the different traditions of theorizing.

    Social Structure and Social Life

    This module works with other first year sociology modules to introduce you to the discipline of sociology and to prepare you for success in your university studies. The module focuses upon the interplay between social structures and individual agency in the lives and experiences of individuals. In term one the module explores ‘big’ sociological themes such as social structures, institutions, forces, contexts and processes and how they impact upon individuals and groups, locally and globally. In term two the focus shifts to issues of ‘identity and belonging’ and ‘the sociology of the everyday’ to illustrate how identities, everyday choices and mundane occupations can be shaped and controlled by wider forces, and offer opportunities to develop and present meaningful stories of self.

    Sociological Research Methods in Action

    This module will allow you to acquire important social research skills and appreciate the nature of the research process. You will be introduced to the many aspects of the conduct of different social research methods, to prepare you as both consumers and producers of social research knowledge. The module is organised around the conduct of a small scale research project of your own.

    Sociology and the Real World

    Sociology is not just a subject you study – it is something you do, at university and beyond. So how can we apply sociology to the real world? And how is sociology relevant to your own future? Throughout the module selected aspects of your first-year learning in sociological issues and debates, sociological theory, and sociological research methods will be applied to organisations and activities in the East Midlands and beyond. This connection with the local community will show you that sociology is a living subject relevant to real-life situations. The module forms the first stage of our Graduate Employability Development Package designed to run the length of your course to build knowledge, understandings and skills in the construction of career narratives. You will work together to conduct and reflect upon small applied group projects, whereby you will have opportunities to develop and practise the highly-prized graduate skills of problem-solving, team working, leadership, and communication.

    Contemporary Social Lives

    During this module you'll focus on key developments, discussions and debates around contemporary social lives, this module seeks to encourage you to engage with and reflect on the 'realities' of social life. With a specific focus on social change and the significance of human agency, culture and identity, the module allows you to engage with cultural texts (e.g. advertising campaigns, television programmes, magazines). This engagement will introduce you to areas of contemporary sociological thinking not discussed elsewhere in core first year modules.

  • Year Two

    Core modules

    Constructing Modern Societies

    The module seeks to develop your skills of reflexivity, critical awareness of, and responsible engagement, with the real world by introducing you to the fundamental and essential concepts and values of sociological thought and practice. Sociology is often stated to be discussion of modern times (Giddens) and it is in that spirit that this module attempts to help you use a sociological imagination, based upon sound sociological knowledge, to help you navigate the modern world by examining how it was understood by those present at its early stages.

    Social Sustainability: From the Local to the Global

    The focus of the module is social sustainability, from the local to the global, particularly issues and debates connected to inclusion and exclusion, equality and social justice, social cohesion, and well-being, from academic and practical perspectives. The module makes the connection between aspects of sustainability, social justice, social cohesion and economic and social wellbeing, both at local level and in the wider context of globalisation.

    Social Methodologies

    This module extends and deepens your practical research skills and understanding of theoretical issues in the production of knowledge. It forms part of the research strand of your degree building on Sociological Research Methods in Action in Year One and leading in to the independent research project you’ll undertake in Year Three (dissertation or report).

    Sociology and Service Learning (Work Placement)

    This module, which forms the second part in the core BA (Hons) Sociology Graduate Employability Development Package, will enable you to work within social and civic organisations seeking to make a difference to a wide range of contemporary social issues. Through dedicated service learning placements, you will apply your sociological thinking to real-world issues and problems and work with practitioners, academics and community members to propose and test solutions. The study of sociology is more than just an academic pursuit. The discipline can be harnessed to make a real-world contribution to addressing contemporary social challenges. Service learning seeks to ‘bridge higher education and communities and to integrate the worlds of scholarship and application in order to strengthen each and transform both’ (Rice 2010:1). It is characterized by its focus on meeting authentic community needs, linking discipline theories with real-world practice, forming reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships with the community and an emphasis on experiential and participatory learning methods.

    Optional modules

    You are able to choose two optional modules from a selection that may include:

    Gender, Violence and Society

    This module explores feminist research and activism into gender inequalities in contemporary societies. The module focuses upon broad gender themes in term one (such as school, university, personal relationships, paid and unpaid work, abortion, body image, eating disorders and cosmetic surgery), and it looks at contributions made by contemporary campaigning organisations such as the Fawcett Society and UK Feminista. Then it narrows to consider selected aspects of gendered violence in term two and three (such as personal safety, stalking, abuse of power by  professionals, intimate partner violence, rape, child abuse and sexual exploitation, pornography and prostitution). The module argues that violence can only occur because of the taken for granted nature of many more everyday instances of gender inequalities.

    Sociology of Education

    This module will focus on the historical development and current provision of formal education, including both the 'statutory' and Higher Education sectors. The key mode of sociological analysis will be educational inequality and how this is manifested and addressed within an ever evolving educational system.

    Religion and Society

    This module introduces you to some major theoretical perspectives within the sociology of religion. You will also explore the diversity of religious life in contemporary society – from institutional affiliation to spiritual seeking. The module will also encourage you to reflect on ‘religion’ in its widest sense, and on how religion impacts upon the lives of believers.

    Political Sociology

    The module provides you with a critical understanding of some of the ways in which sociologists have studied political phenomena. It aims to analyse the main theories and debates within political sociology, critically examine a range of traditional sociological approaches towards the state and society and critically assess the impact of ‘new’ political sociology, in particular globalisation, post-modernism and cultural politics. As well as reviewing a range of contemporary conceptualisations of politics, the state, society and power.

    The Body in Society

    This module explores a sociological perspective on how aspects of the human body relate to of the social organisation of everyday life. It will introduce students to key theorists whose work helps us sociologically understand issues of embodiment. The module considers the body in sociology through a focus on key theoretical perspectives relating to embodiment, and research addressing related issues.

    The Sociology of Consumption

    This module will allow you to apply key issues, concepts and debates in the sociology of consumption. You'll explore the social, political, and economic significance of consumption practices at a global and local level. More specifically, the module will address how the dynamism of neo-liberal capitalistic society can colonise time as well as space, how the future is dissolved into the present and how this may cause consumptive habitual practices that provides a cyclical perception of the future with the promise of progress via a cult of speed.

  • Final year

    Core modules

    Theorising Contemporary Society

    The module seeks to provide you with an understanding of contemporary sociological theory by demonstrating its usefulness in helping us to understand issues and social practices in contemporary society. You will become familiar with, be able to make comparisons and critically reflect on contemporary sociological theory. You will also evaluate issues in contemporary personal and social life using the concepts and themes found in contemporary sociological theory, including such issues as friendship, intimacy and ‘personal communities’; virtual communities, motility / mobility and the ‘culture of immediacy’. The module will also examine recent discussions of ‘the human’ and posthumanism.

    Dissertation or Report for a Local Organisation

    This module builds upon your research methods training in Sociological Research Methods in Action (Year One), Social Methodologies (Year Two), and the sociological interests that you have been developing in the core / optional modules in your degree course. It provides you with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of self-directed work, with individual academic supervision. The dissertation can be either entirely theoretical or library-based, or it can draw upon empirical work – and this might include a local community issue (but if you wish to work with an external organisation, you are advised to register for the Report for a Local Organisation module instead).

    Sociology of Work and Career

    In the final part of the Graduate Employability Development Package you’ll understand the sociological links between work and career as well as applying career development theory as a means of understanding your own personal experiences of work and career. The module brings together the concepts of ‘work’ and ‘career’ for the primary purpose of facilitating the career development of module participants. Both ‘work’ and ‘career’ are contested concepts, the former often associated with paid work, the latter often conceptualised as linear, having either an upward or downward trajectory (hence the term: ‘career ladder’). ‘Work’ and ‘career’ have a profound connection with individual experience at the personal, familial, cultural, and structural levels; as such, there are clear opportunities to facilitate career development amongst module participants.

    Optional modules

    Pick two modules, one each from lists A and B.

    A

    Sociology of Interpersonal Abuse

    Explore the dynamics of interpersonal abuse, with a particular focus upon rape and domestic violence. The module considers the history of interpersonal violence; how it can be defined and theorised from a sociological perspective; the nature of its perpetrators and victims / survivors, with reference to gender, sexuality, disability, ethnicity, age, religion, location and health; material from contemporary culture (print, broadcast and social media, television, film, fiction and memoir) and what this reveals; individual and collective coping / survival strategies of victims / survivors, including exploration of the work of organisations such as Rape Crisis and Women’s Aid; legal responses and their efficacy; psychotherapeutic interventions; and – most importantly – education / activism seeking the prevention of interpersonal abuse and the creation of a more equal society.

    Identities and Intimacies

    This module is focused on the sociology of intimate life. Throughout the module you will reflect on issues connected to love, family, friend and sexual relationships and practices. You will reflect on the meaning of words such as ‘love’, ‘family’, and ‘friendship’, as well as developing your knowledge of sociological understandings of identity.

    'Race', Culture and Society

    Debates about ‘race’ and the impact of racism are central to how we understand historical constructions of Europe and contemporary society. Diversity, difference, inequality and power warrant critical interrogation and sociology can offer much to understanding these contentious issues. This module considers sociological perspectives on ‘race’ and racism, examines ‘old’ and ‘new’ forms of racism and encourages you to think about how social identities are ‘racialised’. The intersection between ‘race’, class, gender and other social identities also features strongly in this module. Drawing on contemporary testimonies, statistical evidence, media and other data sources, you will also investigate the connection between ‘race’, culture and a wide range of social, health, criminal justice, political and economic issues.

    B

    Youth, Culture and Society

    This module will allow you to critically appraise and evaluate key issues, concepts and debates in the sociology of youth. You will explore the way in which youth has historically been constructed and studied, examining how sociology has applied competing ideas of culture and identity to an understanding of young people. You will look at the way sociologists have sought to understand young people, exploring the divergence of youth research into the distinctly different traditions of youth cultural studies and youth transitions studies. While understanding these different approaches to the study of youth, you will also engage with more recent attempts to synthesise these into a more holistic understanding of youth in society. As well as engaging critically with these theoretical debates within sociology, you will have the opportunity to critically evaluate recent public policy concerning young people and various attempts that have been made to shape young people’s social, economic, political and cultural lives.

    Technology and Society

    This module is concerned with the impact information and communication technologies have on social change in contemporary society. Society has undergone rapid change in the past 50 years, and it is no coincidence that this change has occurred alongside unprecedented advances in technologies. The Internet, and the associated communication technologies that connect us have become so deeply embedded within institutions, that some sociologists suggest we are living in a ‘Network Society’. To this end, contemporary society cannot be fully understood without also understanding the role that new technologies play in facilitating social change. This module will introduce you to some of the most recent perspectives and debates informing an understanding of the information society, while also making use of some of the latest technologies to enhance your learning and immerse you in the topic.

Course specification

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

Tailor your learning experience with a range of optional modules. This will give you the chance to pursue your own interests and begin to shape your learning towards further study and / or a particular career.

How you’re taught

To provide you with a first-class learning experience and to guarantee you have an opportunity to make the most of your time at university you'll receive contact time through a diverse range of delivery methods.

Structured teaching will be delivered through a combination of traditional lectures, seminars, workshops and computer room sessions. The smaller group seminars and workshops provide opportunities to develop problem solving skills, group working, analysis, debating skills, presentation skills and discussion about a wide range of views.

Tutorials with staff

As the relationship between students and tutors is an important one you can expect to have lots of direct contact and support through seminars and one-to-one tutorials. At these sessions you'll have the opportunity to:

  • discuss and gain feedback about your work
  • ask questions about the projects you're working on
  • raise any difficulties you are experiencing relating to your work, personal circumstances or your university experience.

Independent study

Independent study is an important part of this course. Throughout the three years of your course the scheduled contact hours you receive will gradually decrease as you develop the skills required to undertake an independent study or dissertation in your final year. You'll still have regular contact with your tutors and if necessary ad hoc tutorials can be arranged.

Virtual learning environment

You'll also use our virtual learning environment, NOW, which is a flexible web-based system that allows you to have 24-hour access to module learning materials and reading lists. It allows you to discuss work with tutors and other students, and submit coursework electronically from anywhere in the world.

Learning from experts

You'll be taught by enthusiastic, engaged and expert staff. The courses all draw upon their expertise, research interests and experience and many have also published textbooks in their specialist area of interest. You'll develop specialist knowledge based on the teams expertise in several areas including:

  • sociology and disaster
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • gender and social class
  • identity
  • alternative spiritualities
  • sexuality
  • family
  • the clergy.

Study abroad opportunities

You may have the opportunity to spend half of your second year studying abroad with the Erasmus+ foreign exchange scheme. There are many benefits to studying abroad – not only will it help expand your CV and gain a new perspective on your subject, it will also allow you to grow your independence and experience a new culture.

All of our exchange partners offer modules taught in English, including our European partners, so foreign language skills are not essential.

Find out more about this exciting study abroad opportunity.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the University Language Programme.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of your work will be assessed through coursework-based essays, reports and a final year research-based dissertation. You'll also be assessed through a combination of formal examinations and practical assessments such as group and individual presentations and portfolios. The portfolio includes material demonstrating the student journey over three years to 'becoming a professional sociologist'.

All work placement learning is assessed by essays or presentations, not upon how you perform in the work placement itself.

In response to student feedback the University have introduced a policy ensuring marked work is returned to you electronically within three weeks of submission.

Assessment methods

  • Year 1 coursework (78%), written (17%), practical exams (5%)
  • Year 2 coursework (87%), written (8%), practical exams (5%)
  • Year 3 coursework (80%), written (17%), practical exams (3%)

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

  • Year 1 lectures/seminars/workshops (25%), independent study (75%)
  • Year 2 lectures/seminars/workshops (23%), independent study (77%)
  • Year 3 lectures/seminars/workshops (19%), independent study (81%)

Careers and employability

100% of our BA (Hons) Sociology students are in employment or further study within six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016/17)

The job titles below give an indication of the careers our recent Sociology graduates are following:*

  • Youth and Community Support Worker
  • English Teacher
  • Refuge Worker
  • Peer Mentor
  • Project Worker
  • Events and Resources Officer
  • PR Coordinator
  • Sales Executive

*Latest DLHE survey undergraduate results, 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Excellent work experience opportunities

Employability is integral to this course and the modules it offers, helping you to develop a range of vital transferable skills that employers demand.

From your first year this course will help you to develop skills for career development. You will gain opportunities to complete project work for a local, national or international organisation and acquire valuable experience by working in collaboration with one of our community partners on a social justice project. Such experiences will provide opportunity to apply sociological knowledge gained from the degree as a well as gaining important transferable skills that will be desired by future work, voluntary and educational organisations.

Your career development

This is a major part of this course. You'll develop key transferable skills, including:

  • communication
  • time management
  • problem-solving
  • teamworking
  • the ability to retrieve, manipulate and present information.

You'll also have the opportunity to develop links with relevant organisations and potential employers.

This course opens up careers in a wide range of fields in the public and private sectors. You may be keen to pursue a career in:

  • social policy
  • management
  • community development
  • probation.

You may need to complete further training for some of these roles.

You may also consider studying a postgraduate sociology course to continue the intellectual curiosity and imagination the BA (Hons) Sociology will have fostered.

Our Employability team

We have a dedicated Employability team located on the City Campus. The team are well placed to give you specialist guidance and practical help that will really make a difference to your prospects once you do graduate.

Our Sociology graduates get jobs — 100% of our BA (Hons) Sociology students are in employment or further study within six months of finishing their degree (DLHE 2016/17)

Entry requirements

For September 2019 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

The UCAS Tariff

We’ve created this calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our undergraduate degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

For September 2019 entry you will need:

  • A-levels – BBC; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM; or
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths or Science grade C / 4.

We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations.

Foundation courses

If you need to do a foundation course to meet our course requirements please visit Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC). If you’re already studying in the UK at a school or college and would like to know if we can accept your qualification please visit our foundation courses page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

University preparation courses

If you do not meet the entry requirements you may be interested in our pre-Masters / Foundation course at Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC) which leads onto this postgraduate / undergraduate degree if successfully completed. NTIC students are based on the City Campus and have access to all the University facilities.

Find out more about university preparation courses at NTIC.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

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You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

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Fees and funding

Home / EU 
students
BA (Hons) Sociology£9,250

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

International fees and scholarships

International 
students
BA (Hons) Sociology£13,900

For international and EU fees for all courses together with advice on how to pay, please visit our international fees information.

We offer prestigious scholarships to our international students holding offers to study here. For details and an application form please visit our international scholarships information.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

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