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As a strong sociology department with broad research interests, our optional modules cover a wide range of areas. Our research-led teaching means your content is kept fresh and up-to-date with current thinking in the subject area. You’ll find new modules added in line with research developments, and in response to student feedback. Therefore, you’ll be choosing from varied, interesting and current topics covering the latest approaches and theories.

Please note: the modules listed below are running during the 2019/20 academic year and this list is illustrative of the types of modules offered in future years

1st year modules

2nd year modules


"These modules allow you to develop critical thinking and meet with people who have different viewpoints. That is what university is all about. You exchange ideas with those who think differently with different experiences - you learn to put aside prejudice and focus on real arguments. Therefore, these modules are essentially there to allow you develop independent thinking and develop a style of writing unique to yourself so you can argue things from your own perspective whilst referencing relevant materials."

-Sam Arman, BA Sociology




3rd year modules

"The department is really good for offering such a range! From studying the media development and sociological critique of it, to really learning to intricate and eye-opening theories and studies in the sociology of gender, first year really gave me a lot of new avenues of interest that I loved.

I picked my modules primarily because I found them interesting partly through their descriptions on the module website, but also through talking to other older students in the common room and elsewhere. This open relationship between different cohorts is really useful in moments like deciding on modules, to hear about the nature of the assessment methods and the style of teaching or marking. I quickly saw that I was more interested in the study of power and class in social theory, but equally I was still able to study gender issues which are entirely intersected into the topic. The open nature of the modules is great for that!

Some of the key skills these modules helped develop include the ability to confidently and intelligently critique texts and writers, whether it be by your own thoughts or application and comparison with other writers you study in that module or beyond. Such a critical understanding of the texts becomes a natural part of your reading style, which is a crucially important skill for academia and beyond even in everyday life. Other than this reading and essay writing skills themselves have been gradually but consistently focussed upon in all the modules, making these skills seem like second nature after your first year is done."

-Dan Smitherman, BA Sociology