Sociology BSc (Hons) degree Course overview
Our flexible three-year degree provides unrivalled opportunities to shape your studies to match your personal interests, whilst learning about society at the vibrant heart of a global city.
You’ll develop critical thinking studying topics including: social class, social mobility, ‘race' and ethnicity, gender, culture, identity, inequality, migration, media, and criminology.
You’ll also develop transferable skills in the analysis, interpretation and production of social 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, crime and justice, human rights, and mental health.
The degree's affiliation with the Q-Step Centre ensures that graduates possess strong data literacy and quantitative method skills, which are highly sought after in sectors as diverse as the government and local government, education, market research organisations, the not-for-profit sector, the financial sector, HR and the news media.
Choice and variety characterise this three-year BSc Sociology degree. Studying individually and in groups, you’ll explore society from all angles, before completing an in-depth investigation in your third year.
The first year is highly structured to provide you with a firm foundation in the core aspects of Sociology. You study eight 15-credit core modules. You can also take a language module as a non-credit bearing module.
Learning from Social Data (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.
Data and the Social World (15 credits)
This module provides an introductory overview of the processes involved in the production and collation of large scale social data sets.
Thinking Sociologically (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.
Social (Justice) Research: Qualitative Approaches (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.
Culture, the Body and Digital Society (15 credits)
This module provides a solid theoretical framework for understanding issues on cultural production, consumption and representation in the media & other cultural industries, and an opportunity for analytical discussion on these themes.
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.
Exploring London (15 credits)
This core module highlights the centrality of London to the work of the Department of Sociology and Criminology at City University.
Deepen your understanding of the subject with five core modules addressing race, gender, social change and more. In Year 2 you will have the option to take the Quantitative Methods pathway (leading to a BSc Sociology with Quantitative Methods). This pathway includes seven core modules (those indicated by an asterisk below) and one elective of your choice.
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.
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. We describe and assess major accounts of the processes of becoming 'men' and 'women.'
Quantitative Analysis of Social Research Data* (15 credits)
This module develops your understanding of the fundamentals of statistical data analysis. It enables you to apply appropriate statistical methods to data analysis on a criminology 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.
Digital Changes and Challenges (15 credits)
This module a) provides an introduction to the social consequences of the Internet and the convergence of the previously separate technologies of broadcasting, computing and communications b) introduces you to major sociological contributions to these issues.
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 .
Gender and Crime (15 credits)
This module enables you to understand feminist and gendered perspectives on criminology and criminal justice.
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.
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.
Quantitative Data Placement* (15 credits)
If you are on a QM pathway you must undertake a graded quantitative data placement in a partner institution. The QM pathway will be organised by City Q-Step Centre.
Work Placement (15 credits)
This module provides you with the opportunity to exercise in the workplace the skills and knowledge you have gained in the taught modules by undertaking work experience.
Draw on the research expertise in the department to study current issues at the cutting edge of current sociological thinking. You can take at least 30 credits worth of sociology modules and choose up to 45 credits of elective modules. You also complete a sociology project/dissertation to showcase your skills and interests.
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.
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.
Global Media and Sport (15 credits)
This module introduces students to the symbiotic relationship between sport and the media. It focuses on the business, economics and societal issues of sport as well as the governance of football at national, European and global level.
Global Migration Process (15 credits)
This module introduces you to a key sociological and global phenomenon. It allows you to develop a global and in depth understanding of this issue, and some of the economic, political and social factors that shape it.
Work and Workers (15 credits)
This module considers the ways in which work and our understandings of it are changing. It will allow you to reflect on your own experiences of work, while introducing you to key sociological arguments and theoretical developments.
Criminal Behaviour (15 credits)
This module develops an understanding of a) why and how human behaviour is criminalised b) types of criminal behaviour and the processes through which people become defined as criminals c) different methods of controlling criminal behaviour and the future forms of such behaviour.
Broken Britain? Culture, Employment and Society (15 credits)
This course reviews some key features of ‘social breakdown’ discussed in political and policy campaigns. Using current evidence from sociological research in both the UK and abroad it allows us to determine whether Britain is indeed broken.
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.
Culture, Racisms and Resistance (15 credits)
This module will explore contemporary debates on racisms and resistance with a particular focus on how their dynamics are played out through the realm of culture. You will learn about and be encouraged to critically evaluate key theoretical and policy debates around race, racisms, resistance and culture.
Interrogating Digital Data (15 credits)
This module will take you into a multidisciplinary examination of digital data. The module draws on several fields, including science and technology studies, critical data studies, software studies and feminist data studies to provide students with diverse critical approaches to the way digital data is produced, stored, distributed and applied in our lives.
Emotions, Identities and Relationships (15 credits)
In the context of what sociologists regard as a move towards an increasingly globalised, postmodern and individualised society, this module goes on to explore the extent to which these developments have resulted in changes in peoples’ social identities and personal relationships.
Celebrity and Society (15 credits)
The module will provide you with a discussion of the historical roots of celebrity. It will situate the position of celebrities in relation to the socio-economic conditions in society.
Applied Multivariate Data 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.
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.
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.
Criminal Justice in Crisis (15 credits)
This module focuses on emerging developments and key areas of ‘crises’ in the criminal justice policy field.
Sport, 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.
Digital Cultures and Everyday Life (15 credits)
Explores the sorts of roles new communication technologies play in the transformation of cultural, economic, political, and social structures and practices. You will review the key theoretical debates around new media and critically evaluate the claims being made about.
Global Politics of Forced Migration (15 credits)
The module addresses key themes in international politics (governance, globalisation, security, international (non)cooperation, regionalism and the global political economy).
Urban Violence and Public Health (15 credits)
This module will document and critically analyse the way that public health models, which see violent crime through the lens of disease and disease control, have been applied to urban violence in various international settings. During the course of this module, we will trace the origins and evolution of public health policies on urban violence, covering the key characteristics of the approach, plus attempts to gauge the impact of various public health policies.
Micro-Placement (15 credits)
The micro-placement module is an exciting way to gain professional experience via short summer placements with a wide range of London-based employers. The programme aims to give you real-life exposure to the business environment and enhance your employability skills.
Industry Projects (15 credits)
Using knowledge and skills gained through your degree, you will work in small multi-disciplinary groups on real-life professional level practical projects for employers, choosing between 5 sector streams, such as policy, finance, community, business and arts and culture.
Mentoring and coaching for leadership (15 credits)
This module sets out to provide BSc students with a structured opportunity to acquire mentoring and coaching skills. Students will be able to carry out mentoring either in an academic setting where stage 3 students mentor stage 1 students, or in a community setting where students mentor pupils in local schools.
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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) 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 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Most contact hours will take the form of a combination of lectures, interactive sessions, practical workshops and small group classes, supported by a personal tutorial system. Approximate study time, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows:
Fees and funding
Fees for year 2024/25
The tuition fees indicated are for the 2024/25 academic year only. Fees for future years may be subject to an inflationary increase in the region of 5%.
- Fee waivers are available for this course.
- Means tested support is available for 2024/25 entry.
Some of our degrees may involve additional expenses which are not covered by your tuition fees. Find out more about additional expenses.
Sociology is a popular subject for students with an interest in community work, welfare, education, international development, the not-for-profit sector, social policy and government.
Sociology students develop desirable skills in data analysis, research methodology and critical thinking. These are transferable to a wide range of careers.
Combined with the diverse interests of our students, it is no wonder that our graduates progress to such varied career pathways.
Recent graduates have gone on to work in HR, PR, project work and teaching, as well as progressing to further study. Others went on to internships.
Students are encouraged to take advantage of the excellent internship opportunities that City's central London location provides. Sociology students have secured placements with a diverse range of organisations, large and small, international and local and often situated within minutes of City, working in the following areas:
- Media and communications
- Crime and justice
- Human rights
- Migration and refugee support
- Mental health.
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