BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON

Sociology

BSc (Hons)  |  Placement Year:   No

Our Sociology degree is designed for highly motivated students with a keen interest in all aspects of society. It provides rigorous training in a range of methodologies and research skills appropriate to sociology.

The course aims to develop theories that explain the changing nature of social behaviour in our own and other societies. We discuss questions such as: What is society?; How and why is it changing?; What are the opportunities for future change and development?

The earliest sociologists tried to understand the major issues of their time – poverty, unemployment, social conflict, and the social and economic consequences of rapid and profound industrial and economic change. Sociologists today continue to examine how such social issues are redefined by contemporary processes of individualisation, globalisation and the rapid growth of new forms of communication.

Within sociology’s broad contemporary framework, a central theme of Sociology at Brunel is the study of the development of social change and transformations. Some of the specific interests of Brunel sociologists include:

  • the public sphere
  • social theory
  • celebrity culture
  • the influence of the media
  • media regulation
  • urban spaces
  • multiculturalism
  • comedy cultures
  • sports cultures.

We provide a thorough foundation to sociology and other related subjects in the first year and our staff research interests strongly reflect the options available in Level 3 of the course.

The focus of study is upon all aspects of societal relations: its personal, social and cultural dimensions. We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: 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.

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

Programme description

Our Sociology degree is designed for highly motivated students with a keen interest in all aspects of society. It provides rigorous training in a range of methodologies and research skills appropriate to sociology.

The course aims to develop theories that explain the changing nature of social behaviour in our own and other societies. We discuss questions such as: What is society?; How and why is it changing?; What are the opportunities for future change and development?

The earliest sociologists tried to understand the major issues of their time – poverty, unemployment, social conflict, and the social and economic consequences of rapid and profound industrial and economic change. Sociologists today continue to examine how such social issues are redefined by contemporary processes of individualisation, globalisation and the rapid growth of new forms of communication.

Within sociology’s broad contemporary framework, a central theme of Sociology at Brunel is the study of the development of social change and transformations. Some of the specific interests of Brunel sociologists include:

  • the public sphere
  • social theory
  • celebrity culture
  • the influence of the media
  • media regulation
  • urban spaces
  • multiculturalism
  • comedy cultures
  • sports cultures.

We provide a thorough foundation to sociology and other related subjects in the first year and our staff research interests strongly reflect the options available in Level 3 of the course.

The focus of study is upon all aspects of societal relations: its personal, social and cultural dimensions. We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: 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.

Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline, including social research methods 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

This course provides a stimulating and wide-ranging introduction to the theories, methods and findings of sociology and social theory.

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

Level 2

Compulsory

  • Research in Practice
  • Visual Cultures
  • Sociology of Everyday Life

Optional

Choose 3 from the following:-

  • Creative Industries, Fashion and Culture
  • Bodies and Society
  • Ethnicity, Culture and Identity
  • Deviant Identities
  • Apocalypse! Crisis and Society

Level 3

Compulsory

  • Sociology Dissertation or Sociology Disseration (Practice)

Optional

Choose 4 from the following:-

  • Digital Cultures
  • Racism, Identity and Difference
  • Comedy, the Media and Society
  • Changing Audiences
  • Beyond Human
  • Global Cities: Spaces 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:  18000.00
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