3-year full-time; 4-year thin-sandwich
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About the course
Our Sociology degree is designed for highly motivated students with a keen interest in all aspects of society. It provides rigorous training in a range of methodologies and research skills appropriate to sociology.
The course aims to develop theories that explain the changing nature of social behaviour in our own and other societies. We discuss questions such as: What is society?; How and why is it changing?; What are the opportunities for future change and development?
The earliest sociologists tried to understand the major issues of their time – poverty, unemployment, social conflict, and the social and economic consequences of rapid and profound industrial and economic change. Sociologists today continue to examine how such social issues are redefined by contemporary processes of individualisation, globalisation and the rapid growth of new forms of communication.
Within sociology’s broad contemporary framework, a central theme of Sociology at Brunel is the study of the development of social change and transformations. Some of the specific interests of Brunel sociologists include:
- the public sphere
- social theory
- celebrity culture
- the influence of the media
- media regulation
- urban spaces
- comedy cultures
- sports cultures.
We provide a thorough foundation to sociology and other related subjects in the first year and our staff research interests strongly reflect the options available in Level 3 of the course.
The focus of study is upon all aspects of societal relations: its personal, social and cultural dimensions. We have a strong research reputation that enhances all our undergraduate teaching, with particular expertise in areas such as: social structures and social change; the role of science and the media; race and ethnicity; and power, inequality and prejudice in modern societies. All of our academic staff are actively engaged in research and many have international reputations in their field.
Our courses will help you to develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with your discipline, including social research methods and the use of information technology.
- You will develop specific skills in the practical methods associated with sociology.
- You will also explore in-depth the major issues and approaches within sociology and its related disciplines.
- This is a broad-based degree which enables and encourages students to specialise in areas which particularly fascinate them.a