How will I learn?
For each of your modules you will have a combination of lectures and seminars. The lectures will introduce you to a particular topic and then you will spend time reading around the topic in preparation for seminar discussion. During these weekly seminars, you will build on the knowledge, theories and ideas from the lecture and readings, sharing your views about the topic and debating the issues. Your seminar groups are kept small enough so that you have personal access to the tutor as well as space to have your say during each session. There will also be lots of opportunities for individual and group work as part of your modules.
Research training, personal development, and professional development are embedded in your degree programme. Through modules, extra seminars, skills workshops, careers presentations, one-to-one advice sessions, and guest speakers, you will be able to sharpen the skills that employers are looking for.
Lecturs and seminars take place for 25 weeks over the whole academic year, with the last 5 weeks dedicated to final examinations.
What learning spaces are available?
In addition to the excellent range of teaching and learning spaces provided by the university (e.g. a number of fully resourced Learning Grids, open 24/7, providing areas for both collaborative and individual study), sociology utilises a range of traditional and innovative teaching spaces close to the department.
There is also a very popular Departmental Common Room, proving free tea and coffee for students and a place where you can relax, meet fellow students and mix informally with lecturers and other members of staff.
How will I be assessed?
Although methods of assessment vary for each module, you will generally be expected to write 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.
"The good thing is that it's not just dull essays and exams! You'll be given book review/ chapter review tasks or case studies of something you have observed relating to how certain roles are played. For a first year research module, we had to do a group presentation and come up with a research topic and propose the methods we would use to tackle the question in a way pretending we are presenting the research proposal to an actual research council. You can come up with ideas for surveys, polls or interview questions, you should also justify the use of these methods."
- Sam Arman, BA Sociology
"Throughout my studies, I gradually enhanced my skills to think sociologically. In lectures and seminars, everyone brings in and discusses their everyday experiences in a way you have never discussed or approached it in, and you begin to notice things in your life you had never noticed before studying Sociology at Warwick. For me, to think sociologically is to approach a particular issue with different lenses to come up with the best solutions or methods in improving society."
- Anastasiia Zhigunova
- Dan Smitherman, BA Sociology
"In terms of assessment, as a rule a wide variety of methods that the department have used primarily follows essays and exams. However, the part that makes the department so great in this area is their own self-awareness when it comes to teaching, and so in the coming years a lot of different techniques are being brought in from research projects that put your research modules into practice, to writing blogs on a weekly basis.
This variety is really refreshing and not on offer in many other universities, but the important thing is that there is enough choice for you as a student to find what methods best suite your learning style."