Sociology (2016 Entry)

Course type: Single Honours, Dual Honours, Major.
Entry requirements: Read more about entry requirements
Typical offer:BBB or ABC
Tuition fees: Read more about tuition fees
Duration and mode of study: 3 years/ 4 years with International year, Full time
Location of study:Keele University campus
Subject Area: Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Course Overview

For over 50 years, our Sociology programme has encouraged students to explore creative approaches to difficult challenges in our rapidly changing society.

You will learn to think independently, critically, and imaginatively about important social issues and the events which shape our lives, developing explanations for a wide range of phenomena and seeking solutions to social problems. Our Sociology programme will provide you with a grounding in the core concepts of the discipline, develop your skills in social research and enable you to explore a range of contemporary social issues. You might explore issues around migration, culture and identity, race, consumption, home and family, globalisation, and urban life.

Single Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of single honours Sociology. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Classical Sociology
  • Social Inequalities in the Contemporary World

Optional core modules:

  • Researching British Society
  • Mediated World
  • Modernity and its Darkside
  • Self and Society
  • Understanding Culture

Elective modules:

  • Understanding Crime
  • Murder
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice
  • Punishment: Beyond the Popular Imagination

Second year

Core modules:

  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Research Methods

Optional core modules:

  • Cities, Culture and Society
  • Witchcraft, Zombies, and Social Anxiety
  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Families and Household
  • ‘Race’, Racism and Resistance
  • Globalisation and its Discontents
  • Analysing Culture

Elective modules:

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Context
  • Crime, Culture and Conflict

Third year

Core modules:

  • Dissertation

Optional core modules:

  • Gender and Consumption
  • Streets, Skyscrapers, and Slums: The City in Social, Cultural, and Historical Context
  • Moving People: Migration, Emotion and Identity
  • Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture
  • The Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society
  • Celebrity
  • Sex, Death Desire: Psychoanalysis in Social Context
  • Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood
  • Medical Sociology

Elective modules:

  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • Living with ‘Aliens’: Immigration, Crime and Social Control
  • State Crimes and Crimes against Humanity 

Dual Honours

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of dual honours Sociology. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Classical Sociology
  • Social Inequalities in the ContemporaryWorld

Optional core modules:

  • Mediated World
  • Modernity and its Darkside
  • Self and Society
  • Understanding Culture

Elective modules:

  • Understanding Crime
  • Murder
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice
  • Punishment: Beyond the Popular Imagination

Second year

Core modules:

  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Research Methods

Optional core modules:

  • Cities, Culture and Society
  • Witchcraft, Zombies, and Social Anxiety
  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Families and Household
  • ‘Race’, Racism and Resistance
  • Globalisation and its Discontents
  • Analysing Culture

Elective modules:

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Context
  • Crime, Culture and Conflict

Third year

Core modules:

  • Dissertation 

Optional modules:

  • Gender and Consumption
  • Streets, Skyscrapers, and Slums: The City in Social, Cultural, and Historical Context 
  • Moving People: Migration, Emotion and Identity
  • Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture
  • The Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society
  • Celebrity
  • Sex, Death Desire: Psychoanalysis in Social Context
  • Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood
  • Medical Sociology

Elective modules:

  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • Living with ‘Aliens’: Immigration, Crime and Social Control
  • State Crimes and Crimes against Humanity 

Major Minor

Below is an indicative range of modules you could study as part of major-minor honours Sociology. 

First year

Core modules:

  • Classical Sociology
  • Social Inequalities in the ContemporaryWorld

Optional core modules:

  • Mediated World
  • Modernity and its Darkside
  • Self and Society
  • Understanding Culture

Elective modules:

  • Understanding Crime
  • Murder
  • Criminal Justice: Process, Policy and Practice
  • Punishment: Beyond the Popular Imagination

Second year

Core modules:

  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Research Methods

Optional core modules:

  • Cities, Culture and Society
  • Witchcraft, Zombies, and Social Anxiety
  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Families and Household
  • ‘Race’, Racism and Resistance
  • Globalisation and its Discontents
  • Analysing Culture

Elective modules:

  • Crime and Justice in a Global Context
  • Crime, Culture and Conflict

Third year

Core modules:

  • Dissertation 

Optional modules:

  • Gender and Consumption
  • Streets, Skyscrapers, and Slums: The City in Social, Cultural, and Historical Context 
  • Moving People: Migration, Emotion and Identity
  • Home, Belonging, Locality and Material Culture
  • The Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society
  • Celebrity
  • Sex, Death Desire: Psychoanalysis in Social Context
  • Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood
  • Medical Sociology

Elective modules: 

  • Popular Culture and Crime
  • Living with ‘Aliens’: Immigration, Crime and Social Control
  • State Crimes and Crimes against Humanity 

Course workload

This contact time measure is intended to provide you with an indication of the type of activity you are likely to undertake during your programme. The data is compiled based on module choices and learning patterns of students on similar programmes in previous years. Every effort is made to ensure this data is a realistic representation of what you are likely to experience, but changes to programmes, teaching methods and assessment methods mean this data is representative and not specific.

Undergraduate courses at Keele contain an element of module choice; therefore, you will experience a different mix of contact time and assessment types dependent upon your own individual choice of modules. The figures below are an example of activities that you may expect on your chosen course by year/stage of study. Contact time includes scheduled activities such as: lecture, seminar, tutorial, project supervision, demonstration, practical classes and labs, supervised time in labs/workshop, fieldwork and external visits. The figures are based on 1,200 hours of student effort each year for full-time students.

First year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 20%
  • Guided independent study – 80%

Second year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities –18%
  • Guided independent study – 82%

Third year

  • Scheduled learning and teaching activities – 17%
  • Guided independent study – 83%  

Skills and Careers

What will this mean for my future?

A Sociology degree from Keele will encourage you to develop as a pragmatic and creative thinker – skills which are useful for a wide range of careers. Our graduates have entered occupations including social care, the health sector, advertising and marketing, the charity sector, youth services, and local governments. Some of our graduates choose to pursue further academic study.

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Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects.

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

Dual Honours course can be combined with: 

CoursesUCASCoursesUCAS
Accounting: NL4H Geology: FL63
American Studies: LT37 Human Geography: LLH7
Biochemistry: CL73 Human Resource Management: LN36
Chemistry: FL13 International Relations: LL3F
Computer Science: LG31 Law: LM31
Criminology: LMH9 Mathematics: GL13
Economics: LL13 Media, Communications and Culture: PL33
Educational Studies: LX33 Medicinal Chemistry: FLC3
English: LQ33 Music Technology: LW33
Environmental Studies: F9L1 Physical Geography: LF38
Finance: LN33 Politics: LL32
Forensic Science: FLK3 Psychology: CL83
Geography: LLJ7    

 

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course available: 

CoursesUCAS
Single Honours Sociology L30L
Sociology (Major)
Please indicate your choice of second subject (chosen from those listed above) in the 'further information' section of your UCAS form.
L300
Sociology with Social Sciences Foundation Year:

This four-year degree course is designed for students who wish to study
Sociology but lack
the necessary background qualifications.

L390

Codes and Combinations

Codes and Combinations

Students are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) (BA Hons) if their two Principal courses are in humanities and/or social science subjects. 

All students who study a science subject are candidates for the degree of Bachelor of Science (with Honours) (BSc Hons).

can be combined with:

Single Honours, Major and Foundation course information

Sociology with Foundation Year: L390 View KIS Stats

Full Unistats data is available at unistats.direct.gov.uk (opens new window)

Study abroad

On the Sociology programme you have the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in your second year studying at one of Keele’s international partner universities. Exactly which countries are available depends on your choice of degree subjects. An indicative list of countries is on the website Partner Universities however this does not guarantee the availability of study in a specific country as this is subject to the university’s application process for studying abroad.

No additional tuition fees are payable for studying abroad but you do have to bear the costs of travelling to and from your destination university, accommodation, food and personal costs. Depending on the destination you are studying at additional costs may include visas, study permits, residence permits, and compulsory health checks. You should expect the total costs of studying abroad to be greater than if they study in the UK, information is made available from the Global Education Team throughout the process, as costs will vary depending on destination. 

Find out more about the course

Our Course Information Documents (CIDs) are designed to give you all of the details you need to make an informed decision about what and where to study.

Single Honours Course Information Document (PDF) Dual Honours and Major Minor Course Information Document (PDF)

2017 Entry details

Our full course information for 2017 entry is yet to be finalised. We may make changes to our course content from year to year in order to keep pace with current research and innovation.

Here is a list of indicative modules for 2017 entry:

First year

  • Classical Sociology
  • Social Inequalities in the Contemporary World
  • Researching British Society
  • Mediated World
  • Modernity and its Darkside

Second year

  • Contemporary Social Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Cities, Culture and Society
  • Witchcraft, Zombies, and Social Anxiety
  • Cultures of Consumption
  • Race, Racism and Resistance

Third year

  • Dissertation
  • Home: Belonging, Locality and Material Culture
  • Sociology of Parenting and Early Childhood
  • Medical Sociology
  • The Virtual Revolution: New Technologies, Culture and Society
  • Moving People: Migration, Emotion, Identity

It is important that you read the information at Terms and Conditions which explains how and why we might need to make changes to the educational services that we provide.

For Dual Honours courses, other combinations are available
Sarah-Nicole Aghassi-Isfahani

Sarah-Nicole Aghassi-Isfahani

"The best thing about studying Sociology at Keele, I am not sure if I can pinpoint it to one single thing!"

BA (Hons) Sociology with Criminology (2013)

Richard Brindley

Richard Brindley

"I would never have guessed how much Sociology at Keele University would influence me and the way it would shape me as a human being once I graduated."

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology (2013)

Holly Matthewson

Holly Matthewson

"Keele is a fantastic place and the Sociology teaching staff are all really friendly and helpful. "

BA (Hons) English and Sociology (2012)

Chi Ng

Chi Ng

"The Sociology department is like a small community."

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology (2012)

Edward Sansome

Edward Sansome

"The course content is constantly challenging and interesting, and with the support of an approachable and knowledgeable teaching faculty, you are given every opportunity to excel and enjoy this diverse subject."

BA (Hons) Media, Communications and Culture and Sociology (2012)

Leanne Savigar

Leanne Savigar

"I was able to choose an area of sociology that interested me most and focus on that topic."

BA (Hons) Psychology and Sociology (2012)