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Outside the classroom

You’ll find a wide range of activities available beyond your course where you can get to know staff and students, form friendships, and engage with your interests further. We have departmental end of term socials, which include Christmas and summer parties.

Our annual study visit offers you the opportunity to apply your sociology in a new context. In previous years we've been to Copenhagen, Belgrade, Kraków, Budapest, Seville, Berlin and Prague. In 2017, we visited Amsterdam and the trip included lectures at the University of Amsterdam, a Dutch Black History Tour of the city and a project on urban ethnography in which students explored the city by bicycle. The study trip costs approximately £300, and is heavily subsidised by the department. Costs include travel, accommodation and sightseeing tours over 5 days.

The Sociology Society is a great way of meeting both undergraduate and postgraduate studentswho are interested in sociology. You’ll find a range of activities on offer, from social and academic events, to mentoring and careers talks. The society also undertakes charity work in which you can get involved.

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Warwick has over 250 societies covering a wide range of academic and non-academic interests, which offers socials, guest speakers and other activities.


In addition to your seminars and independent study, you are invited to get involved in the intellectual life of the department. Events include regular seminars as well as conferences, documentary screenings, workshops, and debates - which offer you the chance to widen your perspective and explore the diverse reach and applications of sociology.

Sociology departmental seminar series are held regularly during term time and are a chance to interact with staff and other students. We also have guest lecturers from beyond Warwick.

Recent events have included:

  • What is race doing in the UK’s stem cell inventory?
  • From war grave to peace garden: militarised citizenship and cultural heritage
  • Tracing autism: uncertainty, ambiguity, and the affective labor of neuroscience
  • The secularisation of the environment: darwinism as sociology

Our Graduate seminar series has regular events including presentations from Warwick and visiting postgraduates on their work in progress.

Some examples of past events include:

  • Sexuality, desire and care work
  • Bodies and identities of struggle
  • Motherhood, queer femininity and autobiography
  • Spaces of fear, inequality, and gender

Our research centres and themes also host their own visiting speaker programmes.

Previous sessions included:

  • How could we truly live and talk together: beyond idealist dreams and pseudo-materialists dictates
  • Breaking our silences on the neoliberal academy: facilitating change from a postgraduate perspective
  • STS and environmental politics
  • Women and beyond war: justice, conflict and peacekeeping


iulia bucur

There are so many events for Masters students at Warwick and in the sociology department. I constantly get emails for events happening nearly every day, and many of them are really interesting. Events can range from sociology lunches, cake and tea meetings, to guest lectures with a reception at the end. They are great and give you a chance to meet new people. The sociology community is a bit like a big family.

- Lea Linebaugh, MA Gender and International Development

Warwick Sociology Society Executive Committee

Warwick Sociology Society is for anyone who studies the subject, is interested in Sociology, has friends who study Sociology or likes the look of any event we put on! We aim to create a welcoming, fun, inclusive and supportive atmosphere for all members no matter what stage of their degree they are in or which department of the university they study in. We currently have 125 official members.

We host a variety of events over the 3 terms, loosely falling into categories of academic and careers, social, charity and welfare events.

Examples of events we have run this year include our joint ball with Warwick Politics Society; our annual Christmas meal; off campus trips, including bowling and nights out; talks from alumni and academic staff; our mentoring scheme; revision and exams skills sessions; film screenings; our charity raffle; and the selling of Sociology Society’s charity
Christmas socks.

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