(2018 Entry)

BA (Hons)

Our Sociology programme encourages students to explore creative approaches to understanding and addressing the range of challenges societies face in our rapidly changing world.

Single Honours
Study abroad
Learn a language
International year
3 years/ 4 years with international year

UCAS code: L30L

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Course Overview

In Sociology we study societies, social issues and problems, and the ways in which they impact upon the lives of individuals. We are interested in how our lives are shaped by relationships with other people, institutions, habits, and ways of thinking that make up the complex societies in which we live.

Our course will provide you with a grounding in the core concepts of Sociology, develop your skills in carrying out social research, and enable you to explore a range of important social issues. Our course covers topics such as social inequalities, culture, identity and belonging, families and households, health, religion and belief, the media, and crime and deviance. Beyond these topics, we are also concerned with the role of consumer culture in our lives; processes of globalisation; urban development; issues around environment and ecology; migration; and how social media influences our relationships and understanding of the world around us.

Studying Sociology will enable you to think independently, critically, and imaginatively about the issues that shape our everyday lives and our futures. We will encourage you to develop sociological explanations for the wide ranging changes taking place in the contemporary world and think about potential solutions to urgent social problems.

What will this mean for my future?

Keele enjoys high rates of graduate employment, where in 2016, were recognised nationally as 1st for employability in the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Sociology is an evidence-based and theoretically informed discipline which teaches skills that are useful in a wide range of careers. A Sociology degree from Keele will encourage you to become an imaginative, creative, and pragmatic thinker who is able to think about problems critically with a view to working out practical solutions. Sociology is an evidence-based subject so you will also develop skills in problem-solving, using knowledge, information, and data to enable informed decision-making. This varied skill set is useful for a wide range of occupations and professions. Our graduates have entered work in fields including social care, the health sector, advertising and marketing, the charity sector, youth services, and local government. Some of our graduates also choose to pursue further academic study.

Indicative modules

First year

  • Classical Sociology
  • Social Inequalities in the Contemporary World

Second year

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

Third year

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