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Outside the classroom

We are a friendly, lively and interactive department with a stimulating environment where undergraduate students interact with Masters students PhD students, and staff members alike. Here, you will quickly settle in and get to know people from all levels. We also have a common room offering free tea and coffee, where you can catch up with friends or academics between lectures. What’s more, our department is based in the centre of campus, meaning that you can easily access a whole suite of other facilities.

Our community | Societies | Events | Annual study trip | Undergraduate Research Support Scheme


Our community

Beyond your course, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to engage with our community on both an intellectual and social level. Our student-organised, student-led Sociology Society organises academic talks and social activities that you can be a part of. These events will provide you with a forum beyond the classroom to discuss all things relating to sociology. Or they can act simply as an environment for you to socialise with people who share your subject interest!

Each year a study trip is organised to an exciting location where you’ll be encouraged to exercise your sociological imagination. Past study trip destinations have included: Amsterdam, Prague, Lisbon, Budapest, Seville and Berlin.

With all this to offer, we encourage our undergraduate students to get involved with all aspects of departmental life.

Societies

As a Warwick student, you can be involved in a wide range of Societies, ranging from those which are academic in nature to those relating to hobbies or other interests. There are over 250 societies at Warwick – who knows, you could be the next President of one of them!

The Sociology Society is an academic society aiming to offer a broad range of events and support for students through their degree.

Warwick Sociology Journal

Our undergraduate and postgraduate students can showcase their work in our student-founded, student-led journal. Although the journal is student-led, the Sociology Society and our department support the initiative. Each issue has a central contemporary theme and submissions are accepted from any members of our academic community. Topics of discussion have ranged from feminism to education to media.

Events

Whether you’re an undergraduate, postgraduate or member of staff, you’ll be encouraged to attend our department seminars and other research activities which take place throughout the year. We host a range of fantastic sociological speakers from across the UK at these seminars and events. Our research centres and clusters organise exciting research events, including workshops, seminars and lectures, often with high profile national and international speakers.

The Department also organises a number of events targeted at undergraduate students. For example, we host an Alumni event where past members of the Department come to talk with current students about their careers, and a range of social events such as a Welcome Party and an end-of-year BBQ.

Annual study trip

Our annual study trip will give you the opportunity to interact with fellow sociology students in an international environment. The trip takes place in the last week of the spring term each year. In the past, we’ve travelled to cities such as: Lisbon, Berlin, Copenhagen, Athens and Seville… to name but a few.

In 2015 we went to Amsterdam. 20 students – a mixture of undergraduate and postgraduate – had the chance to learn about the city with a sociological eye. Trip activities focused on learning about Amsterdam and Europe’s colonial histories. This included a guided tour from Jennifer Tosch’s Black Heritage Amsterdam Tour. Exploring on foot and by boat, we uncovered aspects of the city’s history and the industries on which it was built, which are often hidden from view.

Listening to lectures on stigmatised neighbourhoods in Amsterdam, visiting museums with expert guides, and exploring the city’s street and protest art were just some of the things we got up to whilst in Amsterdam. One of our organised lectures became a public lecture in the occupied university where students also got a chance to reflect on the role and purpose of universities as institutions. All of this was, of course, complemented with plenty of delicious food and lots of free time for students to explore the city independently!

The trip is generously subsidised by the Sociology Department and it’s an excellent chance for students to meet and build relationships with people at other stages of their studies, as well as to travel to a new city and apply the skills of sociological analysis they have been learning through their degrees.

Undergraduate Research Support Scheme (URSS)

Imagine securing a bursary to carry out a research project of your choosing during your summer holidays whilst at University. This is possible through a scheme, offered at Warwick, which our undergraduate students can apply to take part in ‘The Undergraduate Research Support Scheme’ (URSS).

If you are successful, you’ll get a bursary and skills development training to carry out your summer research project, as an addition to your Sociology degree course. All students are supervised by an academic member of staff for the scheme. Undertaking a summer research project with URSS will give you a taste of research, which is invaluable if, after your undergraduate degree, you want to go on and study at postgraduate level. You’ll also develop a range of skills which will add further value to your degree study.

The Institute for Applied Teaching and Learning (IATL) also offer funding directly to students for undertaking either individual or collaborative research, through their Student as Producer fund. In addition IATL host an international, peer-reviewed journal for the publication of undergraduate research papers. Many of our Sociology undergraduates have gained academic publications alongside their degree.

Example URSS Research projects carried out by Sociology students

  • Why, how, and how far is the Voluntary Assisted Suicide debate shifting towards legalisation?
  • Working but not employed: why do students volunteer?
  • Investigating Women’s Participation in Decision-Making Within Communities in Kono District, Sierra Leone, since the Introduction of Fambul Tok
  • ‘Go Home or Face Arrest’ – A research project investigating the opinions of young immigrants aged 18-21 regarding ‘Operation Vaken’, a Home Office Campaign

Warwick Sociology Society Executive Committee 2015/16

Warwick Sociology Society is for anyone who studies the subject, who is interested in Sociology, who has friends who study Sociology or who likes the look of an event we put on! We aim to create a fun, communal and educational atmosphere where students from different stages of their degree programmes. We currently having 85 official members.

We host a variety of events, both academic and social in nature. Social activities include: end-of-term meals at Christmas and Easter; trips off campus, such as bowling. Our academic events include: talks by members of the Sociology department and external speakers, a mentoring scheme, film screenings, and revision and exam skills sessions to help you through the third term!

Check out our webpage: warwicksu.com/societies/sociology

and our Facebook page: facebook.com/SociologySociety