Sociology is the study of human social activity, relationships, and social structures. It prepares you for a lifetime of change by developing one's appreciation of diversity, love of learning, writing and study skills, and knowledge base about human behaviour, social organisation, culture, and social change.
Sociology helps us look more objectively at our society and other societies. It directs attention to how the parts of society fit together and change, and the consequences of that social change. We are faced with ever increasingly complex and rapidly changing social conditions in modern industrial societies.
Though everyday life may seem chaotic and random, behind the buzz of activity it is possible to make out shapes and patterns of behaviour. Sociology is the study of people in society and taking on this course will provide you with an awareness of the society you exist within today.
Education: looking at differential educational achievement in relation to social class, gender and ethnicity.
Families and households: looking at changes in the family structure, childhood, demographics, gender roles and the family and its relationship to the social structure with reference to the economy and to state policies.
Beliefs in Society: looking at the different beliefs individuals have in society and the impact of those beliefs
Crime and Deviance: looking at the social distribution of crime and deviance, social order, social control, punishment, trends, globalisation, green crime, human rights, state crime and the role of the media
Research Methods: looking at the different ways sociologists investigate human behaviour. prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system.
Research Methods and Topics in Sociology: In this unit Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.
Course specific entry requirements
- Modern, specialist classrooms resourced with specialised displays
- Visiting speakers from universities, alumni and professionals
- Feminist society, Psychology society, Criminal Psychology short course
- Trips including Chester Zoo (animal behaviour), residential to Goldsmiths University, Harrow Public School, Manchester Faith Walk and Sociology cinema
- Support and extension classes