At the end of my first year, I was offered a specialism in Technologies and Markets. This is a very exclusive specialism – I was always interested in this specific part of sociology but never thought I could be specializing in it! It is also especially helpful for me as I really want to work in a tech firm and particularly in marketing.
- Anastasiia Zhigunova, BA Sociology with specialism in Technologies and Markets (2019)
We offer six optional pathways which you can choose to follow during your degree. 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. You will then receive a degree certificate awarded with the relevant specialism.
Selections of specialisms are confirmed at the beginning of your third year, so you can try a number of topics before choosing this route. If you do decide to follow a specialism, you’ll still have room to choose modules outside of your specialist pathway. You might try a module from within a specialism pathway alongside other choices in years one and two. This way you can keep your options open, and find out which areas you enjoy before you finalise your decision of whether or not to take a specialism.
Learning style and contact time
If you do decide to follow a specialism, you’ll still have room to choose modules outside of your specialist pathway. You might try a module from within a specialism pathway alongside other choices in years one and two. This way you can keep your options open, and find out which areas you enjoy before you finalise your decision of whether or not to take a specialism.
Your module tutors will be able to provide specific advice about the subject matter of individual modules along with advice in terms of specific essays and assignments. Module convenors/tutors have weekly 'Advice and Feedback' hours when you can sit down on a one-to-one basis with the tutor, and follow up on seminar discussions, seek guidance on your essays, and ask questions about feedback you have received.
Although methods of assessment vary for each module, you will generally mostly be expected to write essays, on some modules you will have a choice of essays and/or take a two to three-hour examination in some modules. You will be given plenty of advance notice regarding these assignments and examinations.
In your second year you may be able to choose your method of assessment. This may be 100% examination, 100% assessed essay, or 50% exam and 50% essay. Please be aware that there may not always be this choice, but you will be given full information about assessment at the time of choosing your modules. As well as essays and exams, you could also be assessed through other methods like online quizzes, group presentations, research projects or podcasts.
We realise that feedback is important to your academic development, so throughout your degree you will receive regular and extensive feedback to help you progress, including: written comments on essays, the chance for one-to-one meetings with module tutors and informal feedback during seminars and group discussions. You will also write formative essays for which you will receive detailed feedback in preparation for your module summative assessments.