Why do people riot? Do tighter social boundaries govern the ‘right time’ to become a mother more than they do the ‘right time’ to become a father? How is consumption produced, and is there a global consumer culture? How is the internet changing power relations and dynamics between patients, publics and professionals, inside and outside the health care arena? What role has media played in structuring knowledge and power in modern society? Does science need public relations? Is imprisonment an effective response to crime?
Central to how we practice Sociology at Warwick, is our interest in developing pioneering ways of understanding the relationship between the individual and society. You will be encouraged to develop a ‘Sociological imagination’. This means not only exploring the patterns, ideas and findings of Sociology in books and articles, but learning to think as an active sociologist.
Your core learning will provide you with a strong base to understand how society and people have changed over time whilst also learning how the subject itself has grown and built. You’ll learn how new techniques, perspectives and traditions have developed on the knowledge of those before them, and learn to think critically yourself about them. You’ll understand ideologies, technologies and issues that have directly affected society and behaviour, and how people themselves have changed over time. In the first year you will look at the relationships between gender, race and capitalism, themes that will recur throughout the three years. Material will cover countries and societies across the world, looking at these comparatively and the interactions between countries and the global society.
You’ll learn about the social analysis through which sociology developed as a subject, and the further techniques and methodologies now available to us today. In applying these for yourself, you will build and gain the skills to undertake your own research. You will become ‘research minded’, critical and involved; and you will be guided and inspired by academics who are energetic, forward-looking and passionate as researchers, sociologists and teachers.
From the outset, you’ll be able to choose options from a range of specialist topics. This will allow you to develop a feel and understanding for how different fields approach important sociological questions at large. First year topics such as the media, gender, race, and the building of identity allow you to gauge your interests in these areas and build a base for more in-depth material in later years. These later years of study are tailored by you and consist of: core research modules; a dissertation chosen by you in discussion with your supervisor; and a choice of specialist module options. You can follow a specialism in cultural studies, research methods or gender studies, or develop a varied portfolio across specialist options.
Develop and follow your interests through optional modules. Examples of 2017/18 modules offered include: Crime and Society; Politics of Asylum; Racism and Xenophobia; Political Sociology; and Life of Media: Past, Present and Future.
The Student Experience
There are a million and one things that attracted me to Warwick including its ranking in the UK and in the World, the fact that it’s a campus based university and not a city one and so promotes a community style learning, as well as its location; it is in close proximity to major cities like Birmingham and London and has great transport links.
However, when looking specifically at sociology, I wanted a university that would capture the essence of the subject; one that would allow me to grow and learn while giving me the space to try new areas of study. Warwick does just this and this is one of the main reasons I chose to study here rather than elsewhere.
There are a range of sociological modules to choose from within the department, which cover a variety of concepts and authors. There are more contemporary modules as well as those that cover the historical elements of society and its formation. I found that this structure and freedom of choice allowed me to learn a range of theories and concepts across my degree.
- Meena Khan, BA Sociology (2018)