BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Sociology (Media)

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

This broad-based degree in Sociology and Media Studies offers students the opportunity to specialise in areas of their interest, such as the social impact of the new media, the internet and other information and communications technologies, media discourse, media policy and regulation.

The course aims to develop theories that explain the changing nature of social relations in our own and other societies. We concentrate and discuss questions such as:

  • What is society?
  • How and why is it changing?
  • What are the opportunities for future change and development?

The focus of study is on all aspects of mediated societal relations: its personal, social and cultural dimensions.The addition of media studies provides a broader base.

We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: contemporary social structures and social change; the role of science and the media; race and ethnicity; and power, inequality and prejudice in modern societies. All of our academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field.

We provide a stimulating introduction to the social sciences by teaching a broad base of cross-disciplinary modules in the first year. Thereafter, you specialise in your particular interests.

Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline, including social and media research and the use of information technology.

Programme description

This broad-based degree in Sociology and Media Studies offers students the opportunity to specialise in areas of their interest, such as the social impact of the new media, the internet and other information and communications technologies, media discourse, media policy and regulation.

The course aims to develop theories that explain the changing nature of social relations in our own and other societies. We concentrate and discuss questions such as:

  • What is society?
  • How and why is it changing?
  • What are the opportunities for future change and development?

The focus of study is on all aspects of mediated societal relations: its personal, social and cultural dimensions.The addition of media studies provides a broader base.

We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: contemporary social structures and social change; the role of science and the media; race and ethnicity; and power, inequality and prejudice in modern societies. All of our academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field.

We provide a stimulating introduction to the social sciences by teaching a broad base of cross-disciplinary modules in the first year. Thereafter, you specialise in your particular interests.

Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline, including social and media research and the use of information technology.

Key Modules

Sociologists are in increasing demand in many sectors in social welfare and policy, in local government and administration, in medicine, in education and research. If you are thinking of a career in any of these fields, it may also be possible to select relevant work experience.

There are also openings available in business, specifically marketing and advertising, management, media, and recruitment. Knowledge and understanding of statistics and research skills are particularly useful assets in the job market.

Sociology students can be found in a diverse range of careers, including computing, consultancy, lobbying, teaching, campaigning and fundraising, to name just a few.

Module & Subject

There are close links between this degree and the Communications and Media Studies degree. The central distinction between the two is that Sociology and Media Studies BSc focuses more on social theory and method and contains no practical media production modules.

The BSc consists of both compulsory and optional modules, a typical selection can be found below. Modules can vary from year to year, but these offer a good idea of what we teach.

Level 1

Compulsory

  • Making Sense of Culture and Society
  • Researching Culture and Society
  • Contemporary Society and Media
  • Exploring Identity and Power
  • Key Ideas in Sociology
  • Key Ideas in Media

Level 2

Compulsory

  • Research in Practice
  • Visual Cultures
  • Social Media and Networked Cultures

Optional

Choose 3 from the following:-

  • Creative Industries, Fashion and Culture
  • Bodies and Society
  • Sociology of Everyday Life
  • Deviant Identities
  • Media Genres

Level 3

Compulsory

  • Sociology (Media) Dissertation or Sociology (Media) Dissertation (Practice)

Optional

Choose 4 from the following:-

  • Digital Cultures
  • Racism, Identity and Difference
  • Comedy, the Media and Society
  • Changing Audiences
  • Beyond Human
  • Global Cities: Space and Culture
Entry Requirements
  • GPA 5.0 or 80%

    75% is required in any specific subjects that are stated in GCE A-level entry requirements above.

    • IELTS: 6.5 (min 5.5 in all areas)
    • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)
    • BrunELT: 65% (min 55% in all areas)
Foundation Campus
No Foundation
Course Option
Course Duration: 1 year
Course Fee:  14800.00
Course Level: 
Application Deadline 
International Student:   (15,July)
Location
Country:  UNITED KINGDOM
Campus Location:  Brunel University London, Kingston Lane Uxbridge, Middlesex UB8 3PH
Intake Deadline
SEPTEMBER