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Sociology (BA) (Full-Time, 2021 Entry)


UCAS Code
L300

Qualification
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
3 years full-time

Start Date
27 September 2021

Department of Study
Department of Sociology

Location of Study
University of Warwick


Why are some people uninterested in elections? Does surveillance benefit society? If these questions fascinate you, this degree could be the right fit for you. Learn how to think critically about contemporary society in the UK and beyond. Enrich your understanding of key concepts such as gender and the state.


Course overview

The BA Sociology course offers rigorous training combined with flexibility.

Choose from a range of modules to create a general degree or a degree with a specialism.

You also have the option to add a year of study abroad at a partner University. In your final year, you will be ready to conduct your own independent research on a topic of your choice.

This degree covers topics such as:

  • media
  • gender
  • race
  • identity
  • capitalism
  • how society has changed over time
  • the relationship between individuals and society
  • how techniques, perspectives, and traditions develop
  • ideologies, technologies, and issues that affect society
  • compare interactions between countries and global societies

The final year includes a choice of optional specialist modules:

  1. BA Sociology with Specialism in Social and Political Thought
  2. BA Sociology with Specialism in Research Methods
  3. BA Sociology with Specialism in Gender Studies
  4. BA Sociology with Specialism in Race and Global Politics
  5. BA Sociology with Specialism in Social Inequalities and Public Policy
  6. BA Sociology with Specialism in Technologies and Markets

If you choose to specialise, you will receive a degree certificate with the relevant specialism.

Lectures and Seminars

Most modules are taught using a combination of weekly lectures and seminars. Lectures give an introduction to a topic to help prepare you for discussions in seminars. In seminars, you can engage in debates and share your views.

Learning support

You will have a personal tutor who you can speak to about any questions you may have. There are also regular feedback sessions and opportunities to speak to module directors and seminar tutors.

Contact hours

There are 10–11 hours of formal contact time available per week in year 1, to help you settle into University life. After then, 8 hours of contact time is available per week.

Class size

  • Seminars: 15–17 students
  • Lecture sizes vary

Combination of essays, reports, podcasts, reflective writing, and unseen exams.

In the final year, there is a 10,000-word dissertation on a sociological topic of your choice.

Studying abroad will add one year to your degree, as you'll spend your third year abroad.

Immerse yourself in life in another country and grow as a global citizen. Explore other cultures, languages, and understand global connections and inequalities.


Countries students have visited;*


Europe

  • École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, France
  • Charles University Prague, Czech Republic
  • Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena, Germany
  • Goteborg University, Sweden
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain
  • Universitat Autōnoma de Barcelona, Spain
  • Universitat Bremen, Germany
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • University of Iceland

Worldwide

  • Monash University, Australia and/or Malaysia
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Western University, Canada
  • University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
  • Sun Yat-sen University, China
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • Xiamen University, China
  • Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

*Please note countries and institutions are subject to change.

General entry requirements

A level:

  • ABB

IB:

  • 34

BTEC:

We welcome applications from students taking BTEC qualifications, either alone or in combination with A levels. Our typical BTEC offers are as follows:

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate plus 2 A-Levels: D plus AB.
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma plus 1 A-Level: DD plus A.
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma: D*DD.

Additional requirements:

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.


International Students

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

Find out more about international entry requirements.


Contextual data and differential offers

Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).


Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP)

All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only).

Find out more about standard offers and conditions for the IFP.


Taking a gap year

Applications for deferred entry welcomed.


Interviews

We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Our modules

Core modules provide a detailed understanding and strong foundation in sociology. While optional modules allow you to design your degree to specialise in a chosen area.

Core modules

  • Sociology of Gender
  • Researching Society and Culture
  • Race and the Making of the Modern World
  • Class and Capitalism in the Neoliberal World
  • History of Sociological Thought
  • Introduction to Social Analytics and Social Inequalities Research

Optional modules

  • International Perspectives on Gender
  • Life of Media: Past, Present and Future
  • Sociology of Education
  • Crime and Society
  • Introduction to Social Analytics in Social Inequalities Research
  • Introduction to Social Analytics II
  • Understanding Social Inequalities: Issues and Methods

Find out more about modules in Sociology

Core modules

  • Designing and Conducting Social Research
  • Practice and Interpretation of Quantitative Research
  • Modern Social Theory

Optional modules

  • Transformations: Gender, Reproduction, and Parenting in Contemporary Society
  • Commercial Cultures in Global Capitalism
  • Educational Inequalities
  • Relationship and Family Change: Demographic and Sociological Perspectives
  • Becoming Yourself: The Construction of the Self in Contemporary Western Societies
  • Media, Audiences and Social Change
  • Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Design and Data Collection
  • Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Analysis and Reporting
  • Cultures of Diaspora
  • War, Memory and Society
  • Social Theory Of Law

Find out more about modules in Sociology

    Core modules

    • Dissertation

    Optional modules

    • Social Movements and Political Action
    • Racism and Xenophobia
    • Ethnography and the Anthropological Tradition
    • Transnational Media Ecologies
    • Race, Resistance and Modernity
    • Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Intellectuals
    • Beastly Sociology
    • Multivariate Secondary Analysis of Data
    • Punishment, Justice and Control
    • Feminist Pedagogy Feminist Activism
    • The Sociology of Urban Life
    • Postcolonial Theory and Politics
    • How Sociology Can Save the Environment
    • Queering Sociology
    • State Crime, Human Rights & Global Wrongs
    • Advanced Quantitative Methods
    • Experiments in the Social Sciences and Humanities

    Find out more about modules in Sociology


    Optional specialisms

    In your third year, you can pursue a 'Sociology with Specialism' degree. This allows you to follow a particular interest or career path that interests you.

    • Dissertation - specific to specialism
    • Life of Media: Past, Present & Future
    • Media, Audiences and Social Change
    • Commercial Cultures in Global Capitalism
    • Media, Audiences and Social Change
    • Capitalism and Religion
    • Economic Sociology
    • Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Intellectuals
    • Beastly Sociology
    • How Sociology Can Save the Environment
    • Dissertation - specific to specialism
    • War, Memory and Society
    • Cultures of Diaspora
    • War, Memory and Society
    • Surveillance and Security: Race, Gender, Class
    • Racism and Xenophobia
    • Capitalism and Religion
    • Race, Resistance and Modernity
    • Transnational Media Ecologies
    • Feminist Pedagogy Feminist Activism
    • Postcolonial Theory and Politics
    • State Crime, Human Rights and Global Wrongs
    • Dissertation - specific to specialism
    • Sociology of Education
    • Understanding Social Inequalities: Issues and Methods
    • Educational Inequalities
    • Relationship and Family Change: Demographic and Sociological Perspectives
    • Sociology of Health and Medicine
    • Social Movements and Political Action
    • Economic Sociology
    • Multivariate Secondary Analysis of Data
    • Punishment, Justice and Control
    • The Sociology of Urban Life
    • Dissertation - specific to specialism
    • Life of Media: Past, Present & Future
    • Political Sociology
    • Becoming Yourself: The Construction of the Self in Contemporary Western Societies
    • Racism and Xenophobia
    • Capitalism and Religion
    • Economic Sociology
    • Race, Resistance and Modernity
    • Sociology of Knowledge, Science and Intellectuals
    • Transnational Media Ecologies
    • Postcolonial Theory and Politics
    • Queering Sociology
    • Sociology of End Times
    • Dissertation - specific to specialism
    • International Perspectives on Gender
    • Transformations: Gender, Reproduction and Parenting in Contemporary Society
    • Becoming Yourself: The Construction of the Self in Contemporary Western Societies
    • Gender, Crime and Justice
    • Beyond the Binary: Trans-forming Gender
    • Gender and Violence
    • Sexualities, Power and Discourse
    • Transnational Media Ecologies
    • Feminist Pedagogy Feminist Activism
    • Queering Sociology
    • Dissertation - specific to specialism
    • Media, Audiences and Social Change
    • Introduction to Social Analytics II
    • Understanding Social Inequalities: Issues and Methods
    • Relationship and Family Change: Demographic and Sociological Perspectives
    • Media, Audiences and Social Change
    • Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Design and Data Collection
    • Intermediate Social Analytics: Survey Analysis and Reporting
    • Ethnography and the Anthropological Tradition
    • Multivariate Secondary Analysis of Data
    • Advanced Quantitative Methods
    • Experiments in the Social Sciences & Humanities
    • Determinants of Democracy: Analysing Emergence, Survival & Fall

    Tuition fees

    Find out more about fees and funding.


    Additional course costs

    There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement or study abroad will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.

    Helping you find the right career

    Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant to support you. They offer impartial advice and guidance, together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

    Find out more about careers support at Warwick.

    Where a Sociology degree can take you:

    • Careers and Employability Assistant
    • Customer Representative
    • Directorate Administrator
    • PA
    • Estate Agent
    • Event Administrator
    • Events Assistant
    • Resident Tutor
    • HR Graduate
    • Management Trainee
    • Marketing & Development Coordinator
    • Research Associate
    • Senior Sales Consultant
    • Teaching Assistant

    Graduates have gone on to work for employers such as:

    • Cambridge Judge Business School
    • Centrica PLC, Choice
    • Spotify
    • Common Vision UK
    • Credo Care
    • Girlguiding
    • Hawkins Esate Agents
    • Holmfirth Junior and Infants
    • Imperial College London
    • National Counties Building Society
    • Oslo University Hospital
    • Qualia Analytics
    • Teachfirst
    • Orange Tree

    Anna's story

    "The specialisms drew me to the sociology department at Warwick. I always had an interest in social inequalities and public policy, and was optimistic that this course would allow me to study many modules on the subject suite of optional modules to cater for a myriad of interests.

    I’ve learned about gender inequalities, how we remember war, and even the criminal justice system, whilst still being able to zone in on an area I feel incredibly passionate about. "

    Anna, current student

    This information is applicable for 2021 entry. Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.