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Sociology BA Honours

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October 2019
3 years full-time
4 years full-time with placement
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
£13,000 (INT) *
Course leader
Nicola Montagna

We approach sociology from a global perspective and explore real life issues that address inequality, gender, ethnicity and social change. You will be taught by leading academics with research expertise in disciplines such as migration.

Why study BA Sociology at Middlesex University?

We offer some of the UK's most innovative sociology teaching, within a stimulating and supportive learning environment. Through studying sociology you will learn to find, extract and use both macro and micro information, from international surveys to in-depth interviews. And learn to use your findings to develop concrete, confident arguments. Alongside theoretical study, placement opportunities within a community organisation or NGO will develop your professional experience.

Through learning to conduct your own research projects and by analysing the work of others, you will become a professional researcher, making you highly valued by employers across a range of sectors.

Course highlights

  • You have the option to extend the course by a year in order to spend your third year in a paid work placement relevant to the course
  • Our specialist teaching approach with high levels of student support ensures you achieve excellent academic results
  • Our excellent links with employers within community organisations and NGOs across London have led to prestigious work placement opportunities allowing you to build vital professional experience within your chosen field
  • Our advisers will support you to find the right placement and also help you to complete a winning application
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What will you study on the BA Sociology?

You will gain a thorough grounding in the major concepts and themes in contemporary fundamentals of sociology (the founding discipline of the social sciences). Focused on aspects of society through a global and historical context, you will develop your sociological knowledge and expertise. You will also choose from modules in your second and third year which focus in depth on specific areas of enquiry, such as Race, Ethnicity and Nation; and Media and Society. You will also select a research topic for your final year dissertation, based on your interests.


  • Year 1

    • Understanding Contemporary Society: Issues and Debates (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides an introduction for first year sociology and criminology students to the study of contemporary society. The module engages key issues and debates that constitute the subject matter, while introducing the themes and perspectives that inform social inquiry. You will also engage with core approaches to understanding contemporary society and the social relations that comprise it.

    • Classical and Modern Sociology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce the history of sociology as a diverse and developing discipline through a study of classical and modern theory. The module uses a traditional pattern of teaching with lectures, seminars and tutorials.

    • Researching the City: Skills and Methods in Criminology and Sociology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to instruct you on the skills required for undertaking an undergraduate degree in either sociology or criminology, and the basic components of social science research through researching the city. This module provides an engaging opportunity to be introduced to different research methods and approaches as well as more generally study skills while exploring from an academic point of view the city where you study in and live in. Many of these skills will have relevance beyond your degree, and will be attractive to future employers. You will also be introduced to a range of critical writing skills that link to other modules across the year. Many of these skills will have relevance beyond your degree, and will be attractive to future employers.

    • Thinking Sociologically (30 credits) - Compulsory

      Thinking Sociologically considers sociology as a scientific enterprise with its own distinctive ways of viewing and understanding social life, from the intimate and personal, to the more impersonal relationships between individuals, groups, and nations. Combining sociological theory and practical investigation, you will learn how living amongst others shapes our understanding of ourselves and others, as well as our everyday thoughts and actions. Thinking Sociologically also teaches us that things which appear inevitable or unalterable, can be open to change and transformation. This creates the possibility of successfully managing our personal life and the collective life we share with others.

  • Year 2

    • Approaches to Research in the Social Sciences (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to develop your evaluative abilities regarding quantitative and qualitative research methodologies as well as to introduce you to the underlying philosophical and ethical principles of social research. It aims to make clear the links between theory, method and data, to define what data is within different research paradigms and the various ways of generating and analysing it, and to understand and critique published research. Emphasis is placed on developing awareness and critique of secondary sources. The module also aims to prepare you for the development of a proposal for the final year dissertation project. Throughout the module, you will apply the various components of research methods to the specific subject of the programme you are studying.

    • Contemporary Social Theory (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module develops your understanding of sociological theory by focusing on the key theories and ideas that have emerged from the late 20th to early 21st century. Specifically, it aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of the continuities and discontinuities within sociological theory during this period, and to explore the influences of classical and early modern sociological theory within contemporary sociological theory and debates. Throughout the module each of the theoretical approaches and ideas will be applied to contemporary social issues, thus underlining the relevance of the sociological imagination to an understanding of different features and social transformations which have occurred within the global world today.

    • State, Society and Globalisation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module takes as its focus the transformations of institutions, relations, experiences and identities brought about by the forces of globalisation. With a particular focus on political sociology, it examines the relationship between the contemporary nation-state and the forces of change operating above, below and alongside the state. The module explores the nature, dynamics and transformations of the state, and its relationship to society, in a globalising context also associated with important social changes in the fields of mobility, culture, the media, religion and security. You will gain the theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools to evaluate the implications of globalisation for understanding the nature of, and relationship between, state and society in the contemporary era.

    • Social Policy and Contemporary Issues (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to introduce social policy as a discipline and explore the ways in which social policy can contribute to our understanding, not only social and welfare policies and the processes through which they are developed, but also the analysis of social institutions, social divisions and social relations. It deals with contemporary social policy issues and critically analyses the extent to which social policy can affect in everyday personal and working lives. The module explores the idea of social welfare and its relationship to politics, society and implementation. The implications of contemporary social policy issues related to retirement and pension, social care and social security are considered.

  • Year 3

    • Sociology Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to synthesize learning from your Sociology degree providing an opportunity for you to study independently and investigate a topic in depth. It fosters academic curiosity, an inquiry based approach, the employment and application of research knowledge and skills thus facilitating the development of a higher level of theorising. You will select a topic of personal interest you wish to study in-depth and manage your own learning with the support of an allocated supervisor for this period of independent study.

  • Year 3 optional modules - choose three modules from the following:

    • Media, Communication, Society (30 credits) - Optional

      This module develops your critical understanding of media, communication and society. In particular, it explores different aspects of the development of media and communication within a networked global world, media institutions and the economic, political, cultural and social consequences of media concentration and convergence; media audiences and effects; media as a institution and instrument of state and state policy; and various issues and debates related to the role of the media in societies. The module also looks at the development of new media technologies as providing alternative and oppositional opportunities and perspectives; as an autonomous public sphere; as a key mobilising resource used by collective movements and protest groups to challenge dominant ideological and hegemonic representations and common sense understandings of the world. This module will be of interest to those interested in examining the role of different media and media institutions in a transnationally communicative world.

    • Violence and Society (30 credits) - Optional

      This module aims to critically explore and understand violence in all its angles and meanings and from a global perspective - from personal violence, domestic violence and gender violence, to systemic violence and violence perpetrated by the state and its apparatus, from the street violence of riots and political radicalism to the inherent violence of globalisation, capitalism, fundamentalism and language. You will be offered the opportunity to develop a critical knowledge of a number of issues related to violence and to locate them both within a national and a global perspective.

    • Diversity and its Discontents (30 credits) - Optional

      Many contemporary nation states are increasingly characterised by diversity, to the point of being commonly referred to as 'cosmopolitan'. Such diversity may be presented as threat and/or opportunity, depending on the nature and extent of that diversity, and on the standpoint from which the diversity is being judged. This module seeks to explore some of the most significant dimensions of diversity, as experienced within the late-modern era. In so doing, it will examine the nature, dynamics, effects and conflicts surrounding these diversities, and consider both the commonalities and differences associated with them. The module will adopt a comparative approach, examining the varied ways in which diversity becomes significant in different national contexts.

    • Social Movements, Conflict and Change (30 credits) - Optional

      This module provides you with the knowledge and skills to develop an in-depth understanding of the sociology of contentious politics. The emphasis of the module is on the social context in which social movements arise to articulate and address the problems and conflicts of their time. You will be introduced to the main theoretical and conceptual approaches to the study of social conflict and social change in an historical context, as well as the epistemological and methodological issues that pertain to the study of social transformation. The module culminates in a focus on the contemporary context of the global financial crisis and the social conflicts that have arisen in its wake.

    • Gender, Sexuality and Society (30 credits) - Optional

      This module explores gender and sexuality studies and relates theoretical debates to contemporary issues around this area. Drawing upon a range of theoretical frameworks, and the ways in which gender and sexuality have been positioned within the social sciences, this module will begin by exploring the history of feminism and its impacts on gender and sexuality studies, and continue looking at specific examples of issues related to gender and sexuality on a national and international level. Specifically, the module aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of gender and sexuality studies, recognising the important role that gender and sexuality have in regulating social life and beliefs.

    • Diasporas (30 credits) - Optional

      This module will critically examine theoretical understandings of diaspora, its relationship with associated ideas such as migration, cosmopolitanism and transnationalism, and its significance as an analytical tool for understanding modern social and cultural formations. It centres on the analysis of the cultural and social concomitants of transnational migration and diaspora in the post-colonial world. Whilst issues such as globalisation, the international division of labour and the state remain important to this, the emphasis throughout the module is upon the lived experience: the ways in which different people experience and make meaningful migration, displacement, and difference. Here, home, belonging and identity are key phrases. Crucially too, you shall be investigating the implications of large scale movement for academic as well as more popular understandings of culture. Theoretical perspectives on migration and migrant communities have changed radically in the last twenty to thirty years, moving from consideration of assimilation, ethnic minorities and multi-culturalism, to contemporary debates concerning cultural hybridity, borderlands and the trope of mobilities.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can the BA Sociology support your career?

Sociology has a high and well established profile within higher education and offers a wider range of post-graduation employment prospects than many other academic disciplines. Career destinations include research, liaison and other positions in the public sector at local and national levels, in voluntary organisations and in the private sector.

What support is available?

Our Employability Service will help you to develop skills desired by top employers and gain valuable work experience. We provide workshops, events and one-to-one support with job hunting, writing your CV and cover letters, interview coaching and advice on how to network effectively. We also support you in securing part-time work, placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities, and offer an enterprise support service for those looking to start their own business.

  • Icram Serroukh

    Sociology BA student

    I believe that the fantastic lecturers I've had along with all the extra curricular activities I've participated in at Middlesex have helped me to educate myself and broaden my abilities. One of the most enjoyable things about the course has been the variety of modules offered. They have opened my mind and allowed me to start viewing the world and society in a more analytical manner. I've learnt many new things and have managed to do so independently whilst furthering my imagination.

    My dissertation project has been one of the pieces of work I'm most proud of, even if it has also been the most challenging. The sense of achievement after completing it has made it worthwhile. Once I graduate I would love to teach sociology to others and inspire them in the same way I have been.

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