What do scientific concerns or commercial issues have to do with Sociology? How and why are technologies and markets part of sociological research? This elective specialism offers students the opportunity of developing literacy in a variety of debates regarding technologies and markets, which inflect Media Studies, Science and Technology studies, and Economic Sociology.
Students will be able to learn the ways in which theories and philosophies of science, knowledge, commerce, economics, work, the body, animals and the environment constitute sociological concerns. Literary regarding technologies and markets will enable a sensitivity to the manner in which these sociological concerns contribute to changing understandings of ourselves and others in the local, national, global political and transnational context. See the chart of the list of modules that may be taken to claim this specialism.
Structure by Year
You will follow the BA Sociology degree, including the specified core degrees, and your choice of optional modules for each year up to 120 CATS in total. The list below shows the number of CATS (credits towards your degree) which are optional for each year, as part of your BA Sociology degree. To claim your specialism you will complete 90CATS worth of modules (including a 30CATS dissertation) in your relevant specialist area.
1st Year modules
- History of Sociological Thought (CORE)
- Class and Capitalism in a Neoliberal World (CORE)
- Introduction to Quantitative Methods (CORE)
- Researching Society and Culture (CORE)
- 60CATS of Optional modules
2nd Year modules
- Core module in Quantitative Methods (CORE)
- Core module in Qualitative Methods (CORE)
- 90CATS of Optional modules
3rd Year modules
Optional modules for the Specialism in Technologies and Markets
To claim your specialism in Technologies and Markets you will choose 90CATS worth of modules (including a 30CATS dissertation) in this specialist area. The options currently available for the Technologies and Markets specialism for the 2017/18 year are listed below and are indicative of the type of module list which will be available in future years.
- Media, Audiences and Social Change (15CATS)
What is a specialism?
You will be able to choose an elective specialisms and this elective can be added to your final degree title. You select these once you are already here and studying by following a pathway of optional modules and completing a dissertation in the relevant area. Selections of specialisms are confirmed at the beginning of your third year, so you can try a number of topics before choosing this route.
The electives can be chosen to concentrate on an area of particular interest or with a view to preparing for postgraduate study or entry to a particular field of employment. You will be taking a minimum of four modules related to the specialism and your dissertation project will explore research in the relevant specialism.