This three-year degree focuses on sociology and complements the subject with modules in psychology. You’ll learn about how the social relations between people emerge and change, and explore structural inequalities that define our lives. You’ll also study cognition, development and behaviour.
You’ll develop critical thinking studying topics including:
- family life
- work and popular culture.
You’ll also develop the methodological expertise to analyse social and psychological data.
- Develop highly sought-after data literacy and quantitative skills, thanks to our strong links with City’s Q-Step Centre
- Become a critical thinker with an in-depth understanding of the complex interplay of local and global forces
- Opt onto a Q-Step quantitative methods pathway: benefit from a heightened focus on data skills, a workplace Data Placement in Year 2, and an optional international work placement
- Boost your employability with an optional placement year
- Take advantage of excellent internship opportunities thanks to our central London location, including access to organisations in media and, crime and justice, human rights, and mental health.
Focusing predominantly on sociology at each stage, you’ll also broaden your understanding of social life through complementary modules in psychology.
Explore sociology with core modules focusing on data and social theory. Two elective modules introduce psychology.
Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics (15 credits)
Numbers are everywhere: in the media, in political and policy debate, in advertising and in social research. This module helps you develop a critical approach to statistical claims and the analysis of quantitative data.
Producing Social Data (15 credits)
This module provides an introductory overview of the processes involved in the production and collation of large scale social data sets.
Classical Social Theory (15 credits)
This module focuses on the development of social theory in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The overall objective of this course is to enhance your ability to think theoretically.
Sociology in Action (15 credits)
The module provides an introduction to some of the main areas of research and debate in contemporary sociology.
Researching Society: Qualitative Methods (15 credits)
This module focuses on the development of social theory in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The overall objective of this course is to enhance your ability to think theoretically.
Academic and Professional Practice (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the key skills required for a successful academic career and helps to prepare you for that career and to see where this will fit with your longer-term life-goals.
Cognitive Approaches to Mind and Behaviour (15 credits)
An introduction to a key area of psychology. You will learn about classic topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as the nature of perception, information processing, attention and memory.
History and Theory of Psychology (15 credits)
Introduces you to some major historical and theoretical issues in psychology, and place modern psychology in its historical context.
Biological Approaches to Mind and Behaviour (15 credits)
All animal behaviour, including that of humans, is determined by the structure and functioning of the central nervous system. This module introduces you to the biological bases of behaviour.
Lifespan Psychology (15 credits)
This module is designed to introduce you to developmental phenomena. In order to gain a broad understanding of psychological processes in general, you need a basic grounding in how such processes originate and change over the lifespan.
Study core modules in psychology and social theory. Choose topics that match your interests and aspirations, from a diverse list of elective modules, covering race, gender, criminology and more.
Contemporary Social Theory (15 credits)
This module focuses on the development of social theory in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.
Social Action Project (15 credits)
A sociological engagement with the community to apply learned principles, enhance reflexivity and employability and observe concepts in action.
Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data (15 credits)
Develops your understanding of the fundamentals of statistical data analysis. It enables you to apply appropriate statistical methods to data analysis on a relevant topic of your choice and present your results in a meaningful way.
Qualitative Analysis of Social Research Data (15 credits)
This module will equip you with the skills to employ qualitative methods in your third year dissertation and allows you to deepen your understanding of various methods, how to apply these and their limitations.
Biological Psychology (15 credits)
This module will introduce you to the biological foundations of behaviour. You will learn about: the electrochemical basis of behaviour, the structure of the nervous system, and the neurophysiological basis of perception, action, memory and learning.
Developmental Psychology (15 credits)
Aims to provide you with knowledge of theory and research in the field of child development, to develop your ability to reflect critically upon the nature of these theories, and to develop your knowledge and critical appreciation of the methods used in developmental psychology.
Social Psychology (15 credits)
This module aims to provide a critical overview of theory and empirical work that draws on classic and well established themes within social psychology, and an understanding and appreciation of contemporary questions in social psychology.
Personality and Differential Psychology (15 credits)
This module aims to cover two of the main concerns in psychology: the nature of human personality and the measurement of individual differences. These two concerns are of both theoretical and applied importance and are, therefore, part of the core training of a psychologist.
New Media Challenges (15 credits)
A sociological analysis of major spheres shaping and shaped by the development of ICTs and the Internet.
Understanding Social Change (15 credits)
Introduces you to a range of debates about the ways in which social change is affecting us today, including the emergence of modernity and how this brought about new forms of social inequality, new identities and new patterns of social conflict.
Sociology of Race and Racism (15 credits)
This module will allow you to develop an understanding of sociological theories about race and racism and their application to the analysis of specific social phenomena.
Gender and Society (15 credits)
This module provides an overview of some of the main social processes that shape gender relations in contemporary societies.
Violence (15 credits)
This module provides you with an overview of the key issues and current debates in criminology and criminal justice, as well as providing a firm foundation for more specialist criminology modules in the 3rd year.
Key Issues in Criminology (15 credits)
Introduces key issues and debates in criminology and criminal justice; a range of criminological perspectives on crime, social order and the contemporary functions of the criminal justice system; current thinking on criminal behaviour and crime control; and, alternative forms of crime and social control.
Visualising Society (15 credits)
This module helps you develop a visual approach to using data in social science. It makes sense of research in cognitive science, computer science and the geo-sciences and developing practice in design.
News and Society (15 credits)
This module provides a firm theoretical and empirical foundation for understanding the production of news as well as the social and political affects of news in contemporary society.
Penology (15 credits)
Introduces you to key sociological perspectives on punishment in modern society, and allows you to develop an in depth understanding of the sociology of punishment, and to engage with some of the moral, economic, cultural, political and social factors that shape punishment in modern society.
Develop research and writing skills through a sociology-based dissertation, which allows you to explore a subject in depth. Deepen your psychology knowledge with two core electives. Then shape your studies through a choice of elective modules.
Sociology Project (45 credits)
This module is designed to expand and compound student knowledge of research methods and sociological theories and support students in the delivery of their third year project.
Judgment and Decision Making (15 credits)
This module is designed to provide students with the opportunity to learn about an important topic in cognitive psychology from one of the leading researchers in that area. By this means they gain insights into the process of scientific advance at the forefront of research.
Approaches to Autism (15 credits)
This module uses the phenomenon of autism to illustrate ways in which a range of existing psychological theories can be used to increase our understanding of autism, yet can also be modified by the constraints made evident by their application to autism.
Health Psychology (15 credits)
This module aims to introduce you to key debates, theoretical perspectives and research methodologies in health psychology.
Organisational Psychology (15 credits)
This module covers material relevant to two core knowledge areas defined by the Division of Occupational Psychology as performance appraisal and career development and employee relations and motivation.
Introduction to Clinical Psychology (15 credits)
This module provides you with an overview of the field of clinical psychology, therapy, and the different specialities in which Clinical Psychologists work.
Coaching Psychology (15 credits)
The aim of the module is to introduce students to the developing field of evidence based coaching and coaching psychology.
Cognitive Development (15 credits)
The aim of the module is to provide you with advanced knowledge and understanding of (a) theories of and (b) research into typical and atypical cognitive development.
Psychological Illnesses, Brain Damage, & Dreams: Malfunctions of Mind (15 credits)
This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to learn about a neurobiological perspective on mental illness and altered states of consciousness.
Memory and the Law (15 credits)
This module is about scientific research on memory and its application to the law. The module will provide you with the opportunity to develop your knowledge of current research and theories in the psychology of memory area while applying it to practical situations involving the law.
Introduction to Counselling Psychology (15 credits)
Provides an overview of various theoretical approaches to counselling psychology and discusses the implications of these to our understanding of human nature, change, and potential. In addition to learning counselling psychology theories, you will evaluate psychotherapy outcome research.
International Marketing of Culture (15 credits)
You will examine established and developing global and digital markets for culture as a means of learning about how cultural products, cultural workers, cultural artefacts and cultural brands are marketed in physical and digital forms.
Digital Cultures (15 credits)
This module will explore the sorts of roles new communication technologies play in the transformation of cultural, economic, political, and social structures and practices.
Global Migration Process (15 credits)
This module introduces students to a key sociological and global phenomenon. The aim of the module is to allow students to develop a global and in depth understanding of this issue, and some of the economic, political and social factors that shape it.
Global Media Industries (15 credits)
This module introduces you to the discipline of international communication and aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of global media flows. It builds on the 1st and 2nd year media courses as well as on the Sociology modules that introduce you to the concept of globalisation.
Work and Workers (15 credits)
The aim of this module is to consider the ways in which work and our understandings of it are changing. It will allow students to reflect on their own experiences of work, while introducing them to key sociological arguments and theoretical developments.
Multivariate Analysis (15 credits)
As part of the module you will be introduced to some of the most commonly used techniques of data analysis. We will discuss the choices that have to be taken at every step of data processing, and their implications.
Education, Skills and the Job Market (15 credits)
Introduces the sociology of work and education and explores the relationship between higher education and work. It also explores the role of education in society and how educational experiences, skills, knowledge and educational credentials relate to the labour market and the work process.
Poverty: What Counts? (15 credits)
Introduces: the conceptualisation of UK poverty, how to understand and critically evaluate the different approaches to the quantitative measurement of UK poverty, the practical measurement of approaches using SPSS, and, social surveys.
Crime, Culture and the City (15 credits)
This module introduces you to advances in research on urban crime and culture. Moving from a consideration of approximately 150 years of relevant scholarship in its early stages, the module considers cutting-edge developments in research and theory.
Culture, Race, Difference (15 credits)
This module will explore contemporary debates on race and racisms with a particular focus on how their dynamics are played out through the realm of culture.
Property and Crime (15 credits)
Examines the various offence types that fall within the significant category. It also examines the motivations for these crimes and offender modus operandi, as well as strategies and crime prevention techniques that have been developed in response.
Political Communication (15 credits)
The course introduces you to the role of political communication in the political process, examining various aspects of government information policy and the relation between government, the media and the public.
Interrogating Consumer Culture (15 credits)
This module explores the question of how consumer culture shapes the character of contemporary life. It examines a variety of ways of comprehending the significance of consumer culture.
Criminal Justice in Crisis (15 credits)
This module focuses on emerging developments and key areas of ‘crises’ in the criminal justice policy field.
Leisure, the Body and Deviance (15 credits)
The aims of the module are to address knowledge and seek an understanding of the body in the contexts of leisure and deviance with particular reference to violence, drugs, risk, pain and injury.
If you opt onto a Q-Step pathway, you will do a workplace Data Placement in Year 2 and have the opportunity to do an international placement between Year 2 and Year 3.
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Teaching and assessment
We teach Sociology through lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group seminars, supported by a personal tutorial system.
Lectures provide commentary and explanation of key content areas. Small-group seminars develop your understanding by inviting you to raise questions and participate in the debate and by providing guidance for further study. Computer labs develop your skills in the production and analysis of data.
You are encouraged to undertake extensive reading and independent study in order to understand the topics covered in lectures and classes as well as to broaden and deepen your knowledge of the subject.
For the third year dissertation, you will receive supervision and the Dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to develop research methods and writing skills.
Assessment is primarily in the form of coursework (assessed essays, policy and research reports, group presentations and other assignments) unseen examinations and a final-year project.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Most contact hours will take the form of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. The number will decrease as you progress and you become more able to direct your own learning. Approximate study time, based on 2018/19 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2021/22
The fees indicated are for undergraduate entry in the 2021/ 22 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase, which is normally 2%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2021/22 entry.
Future finance loans
Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit our finance pages.
This course equips you with a range of transferable skills that are highly prized in graduate roles. You will develop:
- the methodological expertise to analyse social and psychological data
- the analytical capability to identify and engage with social policy debates
- critical thinking skills
- professional research and writing skills.
Graduates with these skills can find work in diverse sectors, including:
- national and local government
- the NHS
- market research
- the not-for-profit sector
- human resources
- the financial sector
- media and communications.
You are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent internship opportunities that City's central London location provides.
Sociology students have secured placements with a diversity of organisations, large and small, international and local and often situated within minutes of City. They would be working in the following areas:
- Media and communications
- Crime and justice
- Human rights
- Migration and refugee support
- Mental health.
How to apply
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When to apply
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